Mitch Traphagen Photos
Members of the Ruskin United Methodist Church held a ceremony on Sunday (Aug. 29) to dedicate the church’s daycare center playground in the memory of Beryl Looney, who passed away last year after an extended illness. Looney was a long-time elementary school teacher in Riverview, Gibsonton and Ruskin schools and was the wife of Rev. David Looney, pastor of the RUMC from 1991 until his retirement in 2005. The playground, containing all new equipment and safe surfaces, was built with funds she bequeathed to the church upon her death. Top photo, a permanent marker dedicates the playground. Second photo, RUMC Pastor John Bartha leads members of the church congregation during the dedication ceremony. Bottom photo, Rev. Dave Looney expresses the emotion felt by all during the dedication ceremony. For information about the daycare center call 813-645-6198.