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 will be 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 will receive 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.
Eleanor Mae Strickland, 84, of Havana, FL, passed away Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at her residence in Havana.
The funeral service was held at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, December 16, 2013 at Faith Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Jim Sanders officiating the service. The family received friends beginning at 5:00 p.m. until time of the service. Faith Funeral Home in Havana was in charge of arrangements. (850.539.4300 or www.faithfuneralhome.com)
Mrs. Strickland was born on August 29, 1929, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the daughter of Newt Dieterle and Meda Browe Dieterle. She was a homemaker and also worked with her husband for many years at Strick’s Auto Service in Tallahassee.
Survivors include her son Richard J. Strickland of Havana, three sisters Doris Hammond of Harrison, MI, Nancy Henry of Perry, FL and Sandy Hathcock of Perry, FL and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband Merlin Ralph Strickland in October of 2011.
“The Grand Ole Lady”
Gadsden County’s courthouse marked its 100th birthday Friday with an afternoon celebration on the courthouse lawn.
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The good and the not so good
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Midway gets veterans request
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Holiday Snow Festival and Lawn Mower
Parade this Saturday in Downtown Havana!
SPORTS East Gadsden takes a weekend pair
The East Gadsden Jaguars boys’ basketball team won their first two games of the season, disposing of Jefferson County 68-29 Friday and Hamilton County 68-51 Saturday with both wins coming on the road.
East Gadsden Jaguars off to a 5-1 start
The East Gadsden girls’ basketball team is off to their best start in recent years.
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You don’t want to miss Havana’s inaugural Christmas Card Lane on Friday, December 6 when beautiful plywood-size Christmas cards will line the streets.
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Local fighers win Jiu-Jitsu titles
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Supervisors recognized for large inmate bust
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‘Noles finish regular season No. 1
Florida State found themselves with the nation’s top-ranked college football team after Saturday’s play due to their win at Florida and Alabama’s stunning loss to Auburn.