Jan. 11, 2005

Published: Tuesday, January 11, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 10, 2005 at 11:51 p.m.

Mary Myers Elliott

  • Former Gainesville High School teacher and community volunteer Mary Myers Elliott of Gainesville died Sunday in Gainesville. She was 100.
    Mrs. Elliott, who was instrumental in starting Tri Delta Sorority chapters at both Kansas State University and the University of Florida, was born in Potter, Kan., and moved to Gainesville from Ypsilanti, Mich., in 1948.
    She earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Kansas, where she also taught. She then taught at Kansas State University, where she earned a master's degree. She was given the distinguished service award for volunteer work during World War II. After moving to Gainesville, she taught speech and drama and directed plays at Gainesville High School until her retirement in 1974.
    She was named one of Gainesville's Women of Distinction in 1989 and was an honorary member of the UF women's basketball coaching staff. She was a past president of Alachua County Teachers Educational Association. She was a member of the League of Women Voters, AAUW, the Gainesville Woman's Club, Daughters of the American Revolution and Delta Kappa Gamma. She was a member of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church.
    She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Paul Elliott.
    Survivors include a son, Dr. Larry Elliott of Isle of Palms, S.C.; a daughter Leanne Penick of Belleair; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

    Penny Marie Gardner

  • Penny Marie Gardner of Old Town died Saturday at North Florida Regional Medical Center. She was 37.
    Mrs. Gardner was a housekeeper.
    Survivors include her husband, Robert Gardner of Old Town; her parents, George and Dolly Tompkins of Old Town; a son, Robert Gardner Jr. of Old Town; sisters Sue Harrellson of Chiefland and Delores Hurst of Old Town; brothers John Walters of Jacksonville, George Tompkins of Old Town and Joseph Tompkins of Chiefland.
    Arrangements by Rick Good Funeral Home in Cross City.

    Victoria R. Lowry

  • Victoria R. Lowry of Melrose died Sunday at her home. She was 97.
    Mrs. Lowry was born in Shanksville, Pa., and moved to Melrose from Somerset, Pa., 35 years ago. She was a homemaker.
    She was preceded in death by her husband of 72 years, Taylor T. Lowry and sons Taylor T. Lowry Jr., James Lowry and Robert Lowry.
    She was a member of Paran Baptist Church in Grandin.
    Survivors include daughters Betty Lowry of Huachuca City, Ariz., Ada Barndt of Somerset, Pa., Victoria Clark of Martinsburg, W. Va., and Mary Chambers of Keystone Heights; sons John Lowry of Las Vegas, Jack Lowry of Keystone Heights and Charles Lowry and Frank Lowry, both of Melrose; 22 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and 12 great-great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Moring Funeral Home in Melrose.

    Floyd Raymond Osteen

  • Floyd Raymond Osteen of Cross City died Saturday at the Tri-County Care Center in Chiefland.
    He was 57.
    Mr. Osteen was a lifelong resident of Cross City. He was a rancher and a member of the Moose Lodge No. 1327 and the Fraternal Order of Eagles No. 3731, both out of Arcadia, and the AmVets Florida Post No. 60.
    Survivors include his mother, Ruby Osteen of Cross City; brothers Larry Osteen and David Osteen, both of Cross City, William Osteen of Bell and Richard Osteen of Homosassa Springs; sisters Lorrine Doughdy of Archer and Julia Osteen Smith of Cross City; daughters Sierra Osteen and Angela Ibarra, both of Arcadia; and two grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Rick Gooding Funeral Home in Cross City.
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