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Obituaries January 3, 2013

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James R. Bennett

James R. Bennett, 85 of Sun City Center, Fla passed away December 13, 2012

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a self-employed carpenter in residential construction. Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Patricia J. Bennett, and his sister and brother-in-law, Patricia and Robert Hill.

The family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. with a wake service at 7 p.m. Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at Sun City Center Funeral Home, 1851 Rickenbacker Drive, Sun City Center, Fla.
Memorial Mass will be celebrated 11 a.m. Thursday, January 10, 2013 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, 16650 U.S. 301 South, Wimauma, Fla Burial with military honors will be at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, Fla.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Sun City Center Emergency Squad, 720 Ray Watson Drive, Sun City Center, Fla 33573. Arrangements by Sun City Center Funeral Home.


Quita Brazil Foster

Quita Brazil Foster passed away at the age of 90 at her home in  Asheville, NC on December 21, 2012.

She was born November 16, 1922 in New York. She resided most of her life in Milton, Mass. She divided  her time between Milton and Sun City Center, Fla., and then Asheville and Sun City. In 2003, she moved full time to Asheville.

Onstage since the age of two, Quita performed for the USO throughout the Pacific Theater during World War II. 

After the war she continued performing nights, surviving the infamous Cocoanut Grove fire of November  28, 1942.

She performed with many of the leading entertainers of the day,  including Jackie Gleason, Sophie Tucker and the Nuts Brothers.

By day, Quita broke barriers, becoming the first female building contractor in Boston (possibly in the U.S.), specializing in houses designed with the woman in mind.
Her success led Quita to be the first and only woman in the Boston Chapter of the National Association of Homebuilders in the 1950s.

Quita was a member of Today’s Book Club, Harvest House, The Red Hat Society, Wild Bodema Women’s Drumming Group, and continued to be active all her life, singing and performing whenever possible.

She was also an avid bridge player and a skilled knitter. 

Quita is survived by her daughter Lita Perkins, her son-in-law John Perkins, and grandson Scott Perkins, all of Asheville; and grandson Shane  Perkins of Chico, CA.

The funeral service was Friday, December 28.

Quita’s friends at the Bella Vista Retirement Community of Asheville heard her sing My Way during an afternoon gathering a few weeks before her death. They were very touched to hear her sing a song that she had  clearly lived.  

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations in her name to the Humane  Society. Groce Funeral Home in Asheville assisted the Foster family.

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