January 1, 2006


Published: Sunday, January 1, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, December 31, 2005 at 10:59 p.m.

Mrs. Rowell, part of pioneer family, dies

Jo Ann Elizabeth Hague Rowell of Gainesville died Saturday at home. She was 70.
Mrs. Rowell was born in Gainesville and was a lifelong resident. She was co-owner of Gainesville Tire.
She was a graduate of Gainesville High School's Class of 1954 and an avid University of Florida Gators fan. She enjoyed spending time with her family.
She was a member of the Florida Goal Liners and was very active at Hague United Methodist Church. Her family was one of the pioneer families to settle in Alachua County in the 1800s.
Mrs. Rowell was preceded in death by her husband, William H. "Bill" Rowell.
Survivors include her mother, Janie Strickland Hague of Gainesville; daughters Libby Karras of Gainesville and Suzanne Boothby of Davenport, Iowa; a son, Gary Rowell of Gainesville; sisters Barbara Anderson of Gainesville and Mary Frances Hague of Gainesville; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; and two step-great-grandchildren.
Arrangements by Williams-Thomas funeral Home.

Sarah W. Brown

Sarah W. Brown of Newberry died Saturday at the E.T. York Hospice Care Center in Gainesville. She was 85.
Mrs. Brown was a lifelong resident of Newberry.
She worked for the Alachua County School Board as a food service manager at Newberry Elementary School.
She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday school for many years.
She loved gardening, growing both flowers and vegetables.
Survivors include sons Gary Brown and William E. Brown, both of Newberry; a daughter, Sue Wood of Evinston; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Arrangements by Milam Funeral and Cremation Services in Newberry.

Barbara J. De Sciscio

Barbara J. De Sciscio of Gainesville died Wednesday at the E.T. York Hospice Care Center. She was 83.
Mrs. De Sciscio was born in Elizabeth, N.J., and moved to Gainesville in 1986 from Deerfield Beach.
She was a homemaker. She volunteered for several local agencies, including the University Women's Club Seniors. She was a Methodist.
She loved to read, write, work on puzzles and work in her garden.
Survivors include her husband of 39 years, Ralph De Sciscio of Gainesville; and a son, Douglas W. Klepper of Gainesville.
Arrangements by Forest Meadows Funeral Home in Gainesville.

Alana Taya Eustache

Alana Taya Eustache of Micanopy died of natural causes Friday in Jacksonville. She was an infant.
She was born Friday in Jacksonville. Survivors include her mother, Lamonda Wilson of Micanopy; her father, Louis Eustache of Queens, N.Y.; sister Clarissa Eustache of Long Island; brother Akeem Williams of Long Island; grandparents Bertha Vance of Micanopy, Leamon Wilson of Boardman and Lucien and Louise Eustache of Orlando; and great-grandparents Alease Cobarris of Micanopy and Millie Little of Micanopy.
Arrangements by Williams-Thomas Funeral Home.

Jacqueline Gardner

Jacqueline "Jacky" Gardner of Jacksonville died Sunday. She was 83.
Mrs. Gardner was born in St. Paul, Minn., and also lived in Virginia before retiring to Gainesville. She recently moved to Jacksonville due to illness.
She received her bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Minnesota and a Certificate of Advanced Studies at Old Dominion University.
She worked for the public school system in Portsmouth, Va., for 14 years.
She was a U.S. Navy WAVES officer in World War II.
She was president of the Gainesville Women's Club, the Republican Women's Club, the Lois Emmel Parliamentary Law Unit and the WAVES unit. She and her husband were co-leaders of the Gainesville Great Books group.
She was also a charter member of the Women in Military Service to America Memorial in Washington, D.C.
She loved to travel and volunteered at North Florida Regional Medical Center and the Retired Senior Volunteer Program.
Survivors include her husband of 60 years, Walter Gardner of Jacksonville; a daughter, Lee Rukab of Jacksonville; sons Scot Gardner of Fairbault, Minn., and Kip Gardner of North Canton, Ohio; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Arrangements by Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home in Jacksonville.

Linda Green Proctor

Linda Green Proctor of Micanopy died Friday at the E.T. York Hospice Care Center after a long illness. She was 50.
Mrs. Proctor was born in Tallahassee and moved to Micanopy in 1974 from Gainesville.
She was an art teacher at Williston Elementary School for more than 23 years.
She worked to make art an integral part of school curriculum and assisted in bringing a prestigious Annenburg-Getty Foundation grant to Levy County schools. She was honored as Florida's Elementary Art Teacher of the Year in 1997. She was also an artist, specializing in fused glass, which she sold at art festivals. And she regularly donated her art to Gainesville Pet Rescue fund-raising auctions.
Survivors include her husband, Bruce Proctor of Micanopy; her parents, Alex and Freda Green of Gainesville; her brother, Bruce Green of Micanopy; and sisters Deborah Green of Longwood and Marcia Lockhart and Tamara Gordon, both of Gainesville.
Arrangements by Milam Funeral and Cremation Services in Gainesville.

George Andrew Foster

George Andrew Foster of Gainesville died suddenly Friday at his home. He was 66.
Mr. Foster was born in Clayton, Ga., and moved to Gainesville 25 years ago from Lake City. He was the mechanic shop foreman for Osteen Construction. He was a Baptist and enjoyed fishing.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 45 years, Thelma Jean Foster, and daughters Joyce Privette and Andrea Burt Myers.
Survivors include a daughter, Pamela Gail Pollard of Lake City; seven brothers; one sister; and nine grandchildren.
Arrangements by Dees Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Lake City.

William M. Spellman

William M. Spellman of High Springs died Wednesday at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Gainesville. He was 84.
Mr. Spellman moved to High Springs 11 years ago from Miami.
He was a sign designer with Van Dyke Sign Company for 30 years.
He was master sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Spellman of High Springs; sons Dennis C. Spellman of Morriston, Kent D. Mertens of Miami, Douglas J. Mertens of Tampa and Wayne P. Mertens of Homestead; a sister, Florence Reid of Pennsylvania; and 18 grandchildren.
Arrangements by Williams-Thomas Funeral Home Westarea in Gainesville.

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