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Obituaries June 17, 2010

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RODRIGUEZ, Chris

Chris Rodriguez Sr., 46, of Ruskin, Florida, passed away June 2, 2010. Chris was born in Austin, TX, and was raised in Ruskin. He is survived by the love of his life, Rosita Lorenzo and six children, Anita (Juan Carlos), Quickers Jr. (Liliana), Fabian, Michael, Amanda, Marcos, and five beautiful grandchildren, Juan Jr., Abigail, Haley, Jamie, and Fabian Jr. He is also survived by three brothers, Ricky (Gracie), Phillip, and Sedonio Jr. and one sister, Melinda, also plenty of uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces, cousins especially Sarah. He was a special father, grandpa, brother, and uncle. He will be missed dearly, forever loved and never forgotten.
Viewing will be held at Zipperers Funeral Home on Wednesday, June 9 from 6-8pm and Thursday, June 10 from 9:30-11am.

MORRISON, Beatrice May

   Beatrice May (Irwin) Morrison, 92, of The Inn at Aston Gardens in the Courtyards, Sun City Center passed away on May 21, 2010.  She was preceded in death (2006) by her husband, Kenneth W. Morrison; was mother of Stephen C. of Allison Park, PA and Alan B. (wife Sheryl) of Hollis, NH; grandmother of Shawn (wife Andrea) and Dawn (Morrison) Zaph (husband Alan); great-grandmother of Trevor and Nolan Morrison, Lauren and Avery Zaph.
   Bea was born in Manchester, CT, on September 4, 1917, the daughter of Francis and Letitia (Magee) Irwin and resided in Manchester and Glastonbury, CT.  She worked at Conn Mutual Life and Aetna Ins. Companies, Pratt and Whitney Aircraft, and Allied Electric before retiring to Florida in 1992.  She was a member of Center Congregational and South Manchester United Methodist Churches in Manchester (CT) and United Community Church of SCC, FL. Bea, Ken and the boys camped thoughout the US and Canada in the 1950s, enjoyed the family camp Rabbit Run in Fizwilliam/Jaffrey, NH in  the 1960s and 1970s, traveled to the Caribbean, Latin America, and Western Europe after retiring.  they loved to go dancing and frequent musical events.  Bea was blessed with a beautiful voice, loved to sing, and was a member of several church choirs in CT and FL.
   After Ken's passing, she enjoyed four good years with her extended family at The Inn.

HIBBS, Mary Watson

   Mary Watson Hibbs of Sun City Center, Fl and formerly of Uniontown, PA, went to be with her maker on Saturday, June 12. She was born August 9, 1918 in Ursina, PA to Lottie Wills Watson and James B. Watson. She was preceded in death by her husband Wilbur; son J. Phillip and twin brother James.
    A graduate of Confluence High School and California Normal School, she completed her post graduate work at California, Pitsburgh and Duke Universities. She graciously served  her Lord in the Community and church in many ways: as an educator in the Uniontown Area School District for 25 years; filling numerous roles at Great Bethel Baptist Church; various community works including the Service League and Delta Kappa Gamma; and later at Sun Towers in Sun City Center as a volunteer.
   She will be lovingly missed by all she has touched but especially her siblings; Robert and wife Marjorie; Betty Ingle and husband Dick; Barbara Anne Stroud and husband Elvin; and Tom; her son, Roddy and wife Ruthann; and daughter-in-law Marsha; nephew, Holbert and his wife Anna; grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews. A memorial service was held at Sun Towers Chapel and will be held at Great Bethel Baptist Church, Uniontown, PA at a later date.

EATON, Betty M.

   Betty M. (Fox) Eaton, 86, passed away on Monday, June 7, Betty went to live with her Lord after a lengthy and courageous battle with cancer. Her loving husband of 65 years Wilbur was at her side. Born in York, Pa, on December 6, 1923, she was the daughter of the Late Ira E. and Carrie (Runkle) Fox. She was a graduate of William Penn High School in the class of 1941.
   While a resident in York, she was employed by Bell Telephone Company, the York Hospital, the former Bowen Defense Plant and Watson’s Gift Shop. Betty was an avid golfer as a member of the Bon-Air Country Club in Glen Rock, Pa. After moving to Sun City Center, Florida 25 years ago, she continued golfing as a member of Sandpipers Golf Club, North Lakes Golf Club and Caloosa Greens. She was a member of Sun City Center Community Association and AARP.
   She is survived by a sister Sarah Kopp and husband Max and a sister-in-law Joyce Fox all of York, PA., Godsons Eric Luckenbaugh, Ocean City, MD, David Luckenbaugh of Myerstown, MD., Derek Bowman of Dover, PA and a goddaughter, Julie Reynolds of Bainbridge, PA, several nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends still living in the York Area.
   Reverend Ruth Richardson will conduct a Memorial Service at United Community Church in Sun City Center, where Betty was a member for 25 years. The service will be June 25 at 11:00am
   A graveside service for family and friends will be at Mt. Rose Cemetery, York, PA on July 9 at 11:00am. with a visitation and luncheon to follow at the home of her niece Gale Bowman.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Betty’s name can be made to Lifepath Hospice, 3723 Upper Creek Drive, Ruskin, Florida 33573 or to United Community Church, 1501 La Jolla Avenue, Sun City Center, FL. 33573.
   Her husband Wib would like to thank Reverend Ruth Richardson and Linda and her green team from hospice for their loving support and care during Betty’s illness.
Arrangements are under the direction of Sun City Center Funeral Home, 1851 Rickenbacker Drive, Sun City Center, Florida.

BLAKE, Dorothy

   Dorothy Blake was born into this life in 1925. She had a very difficult childhood, and yet she rose above that. She had three siblings, LeRoy Pearson, Irene Clauson Haavig (Bob), and Ken Clauson (Ann). Dorothy went home to be with Jesus on June 1, 2010.  Dorothy was a beauty all of her life, from a beautiful young woman, to a graceful 85-year-old who inspired her family by never giving up hope. She was the beloved wife of Orbin Noel Blake, who passed away in March 1990.

   She was the loving mother of two daughters, Sandra Casey (widow) of Sun City Center, FL, and Denise Axtell (Keith) of Naperville, IL. She was the proud and devoted Grandmother of Cindy Lewandowski Carlson (Jimmy), David Steffes, and Step-Grandma to Brian Axtell (Tricia) and Kevin Axtell (Michele), and was the happy and loving Great-Grandma to Cindy's five children, Josh Lewandowski, J.J., Jamie, Joey and Johnathon Carlson, plus six Step Great-Grandchildren. She also had many nieces and nephews.

   Dorothy was a hard diligent worker all of her life, working from the time she was 16 years old as a soda jerk plus other types of jobs, then later in industry as a key punch operator. She lived on the south side of Chicago, Burbank, St. John, Munster and then retired to St. Petersburg, Florida, in 1983 and finally to Sun City Center in 1993. Dorothy was often involved in card parties, bus planning committees, neighborhood association matters and knew all the animals in her neighborhoods. Later in life she would watch ice skating programs and any program with Cesar Milan and animals.

   Dorothy also leaves behind her beloved cat - Amber. Her family, friends, neighbors and lots of animals will miss her. There will be a celebration of life service on Sunday, June 27, 2010 at 4:00 p.m. at the Kings Point Club House, Sun City Center with Pastor Shirley Dail officiating. Arrangements are by Serenity Meadows Funeral Home, Riverview.

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