Mary Frances Patronis is peacefully home with her loved ones, father John N. Patronis, Sr. and mother Vergil Marie Patronis; sister, Kathleen Newman Davis; aunt, Minnie Meinscher Willis; grandmother, Jennie Cox Meinscher; and all predeceased.
She was lovingly brought into the world on August 16, 1929 and departed in the same manner on December 12, 2013.
The funeral service was held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, December 16, 2012 at First Baptist Church of Quincy (Chapel) with a private family interment at Hillcrest Cemetery. The family received friends from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Sunday, December 15, 2013 at Faith Funeral Home in Havana (850-539-4300 or www.faithfuneralhome.com).
Mary Frances was a lifelong member of First Baptist Church of Quincy, where she was born and raised. She graduated from Gadsden High School in 1947. She was employed by the Leaf Theatre and American Sumatra Tobacco Co. until 1957 when she was employed by the State of Florida Insurance Department as a Data Entry Supervisor from 1957 to 1990. She retired after 33 years to be caretaker for her mother and her Aunt Minnie (mother’s sister). She was a very generous advocate for all animals, but particularly dogs and cats, with her time and financial support. There wasn’t a stray cat or dog that was not adopted by Mary.
In addition to her love for animals and a natural Greek love of food, Mary had a devoted passion and love for the opera and classical movies (particularly before 1950). She had a phenomenal ability to recall the names of stars, producers, directors, musical composers and movie premiers. Her favorite opera was Verdi La Traviata.
She was the sweetest, most loving and generous aunt to all her nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
As Will Rogers said: “A stranger was a friend she hadn’t met yet.” She gave of herself willingly in time of need and joy. Her most precious attribute was a big sweet smile along with a “Hey doll.”
She is survived by her loving brother, John N. Patronis, Jr., and loving sister-in-law, Anne Patronis, of Havana, along with all her loving nieces and nephews: David Newman of Havana, Joe Newman (Rachel) of Thomasville, GA, Belinda (Sissie) Lovelace (Frank) of Tallahassee, Suellen Dickeson (Larry) of Bainbridge, GA, Lydia Barrineau (Tommy) of Bainbridge, GA, Sabrina McMillan (Bill) of Quincy, Joanie Patronis (Johnny) of Panama City, John Patronis III (Shawn) of Destin, Michael Patronis (Elena) of Del Rio, TX, Justin Harris (Lori) of Tallahassee, Clint Harris (Mellisa) of Havana; and many grand-nieces and nephews and great-grand-nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Gadsden County Humane Society, P.O. Box 1268, Havana, FL 32333 or Big Bend Hospice, 1723 Mahan Center Blvd, Tallahassee, FL 32308.