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Obituaries: October 10, 2013

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Carroll Dargan Harrell

Carroll Dargan (CD) Harrell, 76, of Sun City Center, Florida, passed away Sunday, Oct 6, 2013 at South Bay Hospital.

CD is survived by Rita, his wife of 57 years, son Randal Harrell, daughters Elaine Christensen and Rita Abramson, and many loving grandchildren and great grandchildren.

CD loved spending time with his family, fishing, and enjoying the outdoors. He was well respected by his family, friends, and community. Arrangements by Zipperer’s Funeral Home.


Carl Isaacs

A memorial service for Carl Isaacs will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 15 at Wimauma Christian Center, 17566 US 301 South in Wimauma.


Joan Keller

Joan Keller, 83, of Sun City Center, Florida, formerly of Kewannee, Illinois, left her earthly body and entered the Gates of Heaven on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013. The family is sure she was met with much rejoicing by her parents, Ed and Mary Keller, sisters Mary Hummer and Barb Szymanski, her brother Ed, and many, many loved ones. Little did we know that morning that God was calling her home.

Joan is survived by sisters Marcella Keller and Pat Herzberg, both of Sun City Center, and Beverly Pond of Coal Valley, Ill., 12 nieces and nephews; and many grand-nieces and nephews.

During her lifetime, Joan touched many lives with her love of life, her kindness and the funny things she said and did. Let her memory remind us to live with kindness, joy and laughter.

A celebration of Joan’s life will be held in Kewannee, Ill.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your favorite charity in her name.

Words of comfort may be expressed online at Wherzberg@tampabay.rr.com.


Dale H.Morrow

Dale Morrow, 63, passed away October 1, 2013 at home. He lived in Gibsonton most of his life. He was born in Norwalk, Ohio.

Dale is survived by his wife Beverly in Tampa; stepson Charles Holley of Tampa; significant other of five years (Au) Saisamon Kajcharanont of Gibsonton; stepsons Mike Sinchat of Tampa, Max Sinchat of Valrico, and and Mark Nguyen of Gibsonton.

Dale extended his life multi-culturally and had two stepdaughters: Tammy Williams (Vietnamese) of Brandon, and Susu (China). He had three grandsons.

Surviving family includes sisters Louise of Virginia, Nancy Murphy of Brooksville, Ruth Doncouse of Utah, and Betty Morrow of Gibsonton;  sister-in-law Irene of Plant City; nephews Morris Peterson of Virginia, Joseph Murphy of Ridge Manor, Robert Murphy of Georgia; and niece Susan Butler of Maryland.

Dale was a kind generous man and loved by many. He wrote “A View From the Road,” a column in the The Observer News for a number of years. He was a man of many talents.

His funeral service will be held at graveside in Hackney Cemetery of  Riverview on Saturday, Oct.12, 2013 at 2 p.m.

Family will receive friends following the service at Gateway Church in Riverview on Gibsonton Drive. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Au to help cover funeral expenses.


Virginia (Jean) R. Pence
July 12, 1913 - September  18, 2013

Jean was lovingly called by the Lord and given His peace following a stroke at home. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband Bob, and survived by her daughter Marjorie Tuinstra, son Bob Pence, brother Bill Cottrell, five grandchildren, and five great-grand-children.

She was born in Chicago to Sophie and William Cottrell, grew up in Lisle and Hinsdale, Illinois, and later moved to Florida for retirement. After  eventually settling in Sun City Center, she was able to enjoy regular golfing and travel throughout much of the world with her husband.

Her brilliant mind and the pursuit of ever-increasing knowledge gained her the award of salutatorian when graduating Hinsdale High School in 1943. Gregg Business College then led her into work at the New York Central Railroad and the National Safety Council.

Along with the years of family-raising, she operated her own successful real estate company in LaGrange, Illinois for 24 years, assisted by her husband.

Jean’s great abilities were showcased in publications for several years of Who’s Who of American Women, Who’s Who in Finance and Industry, and Who’s Who in The Midwest.

Genealogy also fascinated her, and she traveled throughout this country in search of all the intimate details of her ancestors. A giant volume containing her work was published and given to the Library of Congress, as well as many local libraries where many past relatives had lived. It was found that one early Cottrell ancestor immigrated before the Revolution, so Jean became a member of the DAR.

In later years, a number of the mystery and science fiction stories she wrote were published in various magazines. They often used personal events from her life cleverly woven into the adventures.

The family would like to thank all the dear friends who gave support to her during the past months, especially Pastor Mark and Dee Salmon, and her dedicated care-givers.            

A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. on October 19, 2013 at Saint Andrew Presbyterian Church in Sun City Center.

It is requested that in lieu of flowers, donations to individual charities be offered.


Jay Hee Smith

Jay Hee Smith, loving mother and grandmother, passed away peacefully on September 18, 2013 in San Jose, California. Born January 10, 1949 as Hung Nyo Yu in Gyeonggi-do province, South Korea, Jay Hee bravely traveled to a new life in Gilford, New Hampshire after marrying Samuel M. Smith, recently deceased, in January 1969.

Jay Hee spent her first years in America as a homemaker: sewing Halloween costumes, baking pies, driving to lessons, gardening and even decorating her daughter’s wedding cake.  Always lovely, Jay Hee later became a natural Mary Kay Cosmetics consultant. She loved helping other women to feel beautiful and look their best. In her final few years, Jay Hee made her home in Sun City Center, Florida in the Kings Point community.  Jay Hee loved her years at Kings Point. She made wonderful friends there and pursued her love of ballroom dancing.

Declining rapidly only weeks after having been diagnosed with liver cancer, Jay Hee spent her final days wrapped in the love of her family.  She will be terribly missed by her daughters and sons-in-law, Becky and David Owens, and Esther Smith and Eric Snider, as well as by her grandchildren, Andrew and Peter Owens, and Willow and Rowan Snider.

In lieu of flowers, anyone wishing to make memorial donations may send a check to the Samuel Smith and Winnifred Page Library Fund, Attn. Katherine Dormody, Library Director, 31 Potter Hill Rd., Gilford, NH 03249. Please make checks payable to the Town of Gilford, and indicate they are in memory of Jay Hee Smith.

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