Jan. 21, 2005

Published: Friday, January 21, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 20, 2005 at 9:52 p.m.

Elsie M. Boehm

  • Elsie "Essie" M. Boehm of Archer died Wednesday in Archer.
    She was 92. Mrs. Boehm was born in St. Claire, Mo., and moved to Archer from St. Louis six years ago.
    She was retired from Missouri State Hospital, where she was a nurse.
    She was a member of Lafayette Park United Methodist Church in St. Louis.
    She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Boehm.
    Survivors include a niece, Betty Hall of Archer.
    Arrangements by Williams-Thomas Funeral Home.

    Bernice Beverly Larson

  • Bernice Beverly Larson of Gainesville died Tuesday at Palm Garden Nursing Home.
    She was 94. Mrs. Larson was born in Fargo, N.D., and moved to Gainesville from Des Moines, Iowa, in 1979.
    She was a homemaker. She was a member of the Eastern Star and worked for the Bell Telephone Co. and Younkers department store in Des Moines.
    She was an avid bridge player and a member of several Gainesville bridge clubs.
    She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Larson.
    Survivors include daughters Karen Strosnider and Cynthia Thyberg, both of Gainesville; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
    Arrangements by Williams-Thomas Funeral Home.

    Betty Jo McCray

  • Betty Jo McCray of Mayo died Wednesday in Gainesville. She was 58.
    Mrs. McCray was born in Lafayette and is a lifelong resident of Mayo.
    She was a member of the Alton Church of God in Mayo.
    Survivors include brothers Charles Wayman McCray and Hal Weston McCray; and a sister, Mary Eustice.
    Arrangements by Joe P. Burns Funeral Home in Mayo.

    Nadine Susie Smith

  • Nadine Susie Smith of Gainesville died Wednesday in Gainesville. She was 59.
    Mrs. Smith was a lifelong resident of Gainesville. She was a homemaker and enjoyed cooking and sewing.
    She was a Baptist. Survivors include daughters Dena Marie Chancey of Gainesville and Diane Susie Smith; sons Denny Smith and Dan Smith, both of Gainesville; sisters Margaret Marie Smith and Nancy Harris, both of Gainesville, and Christine Gilliard of Fort White; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Williams-Thomas Funeral Home.

    Matthew Henry Nichols

  • Matthew Henry Nichols of Leesburg died Tuesday. He was 87.
    Local survivors include a son, Ted Nichols of Gainesville.
    Arrangements by Hayes Brothers Funeral Home in Eustis.

    Janice Elaine Perry

  • Janice Elaine Perry of Starke died Wednesday at Shands at the University of Florida after an extended illness. She was 39.
    Mrs. Perry was born and raised in Jacksonville. She graduated from Forrest High School in Jacksonville. She was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church in Lawtey.
    Survivors include her husband, Russell Stoll of Starke; daughters Christina Perry and Taryn Stoll, both of Starke; sons Joseph Perry and Russell Stoll III, both of Starke; her parents, A.J. and Lucy Mosley of Starke; brothers Jimmy Mosley of Jacksonville and Jay Mosley and Jerry Mosley, both of Starke.
    Arrangements by Archie Tanner Funeral Home.

    Dorothy P. Wurm

  • Dorothy P. Wurm of Fort White died Jan. 7 from injuries sustained in a car accident. She was 76.
    Mrs. Wurm was born in Pittsburgh and moved to Fort White from her hometown in 1979. She was retired from the Bell Telephone Co. in Pittsburgh where she worked for 30 years. She loved animals.
    She was a member of St. Madeleine Catholic Church of Springs.
    Survivors include her caregivers Shirley and David Odato.
    Arrangements by Greenlawn Funeral Home in Columbia, S.C.

    Monroe Penegar

  • Monroe Penegar of Gainesville died Tuesday at the E.T. York Hospice Care Center. He was 92.
    Mr. Penegar was born in Monroe, N.C., and moved to Gainesville from Clearwater in 1998. He was an agent with Railway Express for 18 years. He also worked as a salesman with O.G. Penegar Office Supply for three years, then as a district sales representative with General Foods Electric Cooker Division for 25 years.
    He was a founding member and senior warden of Good Samaritan Episcopal Church in Clearwater.
    Survivors include daughters Sandra Mixon of Gainesville, Pam Geissinger of Coral Springs and Linda Vannatta of Palm Beach Gardens; a stepson, Michael McGilvary of Clearwater; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Moss Feaster Funeral Home in Clearwater.

    Robert Joe Smith

  • Robert Joe Smith of Gainesville died Wednesday at North Florida Regional Medical Center after an extended illness. He was 71.
    Mr. Smith was born in Johnson City, Tenn., and moved to Gainesville from Sanford 19 years ago. He was a U.S. Army veteran who served in Germany. He was a volunteer for many years with the Prison Fellowship.
    He was a Methodist and a former deacon of Covenant Presbyterian Church.
    Survivors include his wife, Myrtle Kestner Smith of Gainesville; a son, Joseph S. Smith of Gainesville; a daughter, Debra Smith Nielsen of Koshkonong, Mo.; a brother, Ralph E. Smith of Orange, Va.; and a sister, Helen Byrd of Concord, N.C.
    Arrangements by Forest Meadows Funeral Home.

    Oscar Strawder Jr.

  • Oscar Strawder Jr. of Fort White died Thursday at his sister's home. He was 72.
    Mr. Strawder was a lifelong resident of Fort White. He was a retired truck driver for Occidental Trucking. He attended Fort White public schools. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War.
    He was a member of Galilee Missionary Baptist Church.
    He was preceded in death by a son, Alvin Strawder.
    Survivors include a son, Charles Strawder of Macclenny; a daughter, Elizabeth Ann Albritton of Ocala; sisters Arlivia Hodge of Safety Harbor, Bertha Phillips and Leander Bennett, both of Fort White, and Mildred S. Brown of High Springs; brothers Jasper Strawder of Miami and Eugene Strawder of Fort White; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by A. Jerome Brown Funeral Home.

    Helen Andrews Pena Taylor

  • Helen Andrews Pena Taylor of Gainesville died Jan. 14 at Beacon Pointe ALF in Tampa. She was 88.
    Mrs. Pena was born in Montpelier, Vt. She retired from the Vermont Department of Mental Health at the Brattleboro Retreat.
    She was preceded in death by her first husband of 35 years, Manuel Pena and a son, Michael Pena.
    Survivors include her husband of 20 years, Edmund Taylor of Gainesville; a daughter, Kathleen Pena Drown of St. Johnsbury, Vt.; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by American Heritage Cremation Society.
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