Obituaries November 30, 2017

Published on: November 30, 2017

Marguerite Whitney

Marguerite “Betty” (Hayes) Whitney of Sun City, formerly of Black River, N.Y. and Keene, N.H., died on Nov. 4 in Riverview, Fla. She was 99. Betty was born on April 1, 1918 in Greater Sudbury, Ontario.

Betty’s family moved to Black River, N.Y. when she was young. She was educated in local schools and graduated from Black River High School and Watertown Business College.

Betty celebrated life every day by taking a long walk and an energetic swim, and by taking every opportunity to dance.  She was an artist who reflected the beauty of the Monadnock Region in her many oil paintings. She supported women’s rights through her work with the League of Women Voters and as a Girl Scout Leader. Her enchantment with animals was evident in her service to the Cheshire Kennel Club, of which she was Secretary for a number of years. Pink was her favorite color, and she wore it so often that many of her friends called her “Pink Betty.”

Betty is predeceased by her husband, Darwin Whitney; her siblings Harry Hayes, Eleanor (Sue) Stevens, and Edward (Sam) Hayes.

Survivors include her daughters and sons-in-law, Sharon Hayes Whitney of South Harpswell, Maine, (Donald Clifford) and Kathleen Hayes Whitney-Heuss (David Heuss) of Concord, N.H.; her first cousin Kathryn “Betty” Siver of North Royalton, Ohio; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to express their deep appreciation to Inspired Living, Dorothy Cares, and Life Path Hospice for the loving care given Betty.

Betty will be interred in the family plot in Black River Cemetery. The family will hold a private Celebration of Life. In lieu of flowers, Memorial contributions may be made to Life Path Hospice, 3725 Upper Creek Drive, Ruskin, FL 33573 or to your local food bank.

Arrangements are entrusted to The National Cremation & Burial Society, 308 E. College Ave., Ruskin, FL 33570, 813-645-3231.

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John F. “Jack” Ouzman

Jack Ouzman passed from this life on November 15, 2017 at Palm Gardens in Sun City Center. His memory will be cherished by his wife Helen and the celebration of 45 years of marriage.

He is survived by daughter Amy J. Phillips (Charles) of Riverview; daughter Jean Crescenzo residing in Long Island, N.Y.; grandchildren Charles “Chuck” and Kim Phillips, great-granddaughter Sydney and grandson Jeff Phillips and great-grandsons Brock and Blake; granddaughter Amy Beth (Jason) Miller, great-granddaughters Brianna and Alyssa.

A Celebration of his life will be held at First Christian Church, 1707 33rd St. S.E., Ruskin, on Saturday, December 2, at 11 a.m. Lunch will follow the service. A private service of burial was held at Fellowship Primitive Church Cemetery in Wimauma.

Mary Frances Hardy

Mary Frances Hardy, 89, of Sun City Center, Fla. passed away Thursday, November 23, 2017, in her home. She will be remembered as a loving, gracious, energetic, helpful, gentle and considerate lady who lit up the room with her beautiful smile.

Born in Leesburg, Georgia to the late James Morgan Pope and Lois Adams. Mary was formerly a member at Temple Terrace, Sun City Center, and Ruskin Methodist churches, including Sunday School and visited also as a Stephen Minister. She volunteered at the University Community Hospital. She loved to model ladies clothes and was in demand. Square Dancing with good friends was a favorite activity. Mary and Jack have lived in Kings Point, Sun City Center, for 21 years. She enjoyed going to Army Otter Caribou Association Annual reunions. Mary, with the help of her family, owned and operated the IHOP Restaurant near Busch Gardens for over 25 years.

Survivors include her husband of 28 years, John “Jack” Hardy; five children, Kathryn Renton (Ian), Susan Hanna (John), Gary Lorch (Priscilla), Ronald Lorch, and Donald Salvog (Carol); four step-children, John Hardy (Beverly), Dana Yeager (Jon), Peter Hardy, and Mark Hardy (Wendy); several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and a great-great-granddaughter.

A Memorial Service will be held at 12 p.m. on Friday, December 8, 2017 at The United Methodist Church of Sun City Center. Interment will follow at Sarasota National Cemetery.

Arrangements by Sun City Center Funeral Home, 1851 Rickenbacker Dr., Sun City Center, FL 33573.

Joan C. Hatfield

Joan C. Hatfield of MacClenny went home to be with the Lord on October 24, 2017. She is survived by her brother Larry Hatfield, sister Jeanette Golombeski, numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.

With the warmth and love she shared with so many, there will be a celebration of life gathering of family and friends at E.G Simmons Park in Ruskin on Saturday, December 2, 2017, at 2 p.m.

Life is to be celebrated. All of it. Even the end.