Karen Greene Olansen, born and raised in Hudson MI, loving wife, mother and Grammy, passed away in Pensacola Florida, after a prolonged illness, on the morning of February 28, 2019.
She will be remembered for her love for her family, her friends and her furry friends.
She touched many lives, and was beautiful both inside and out. Her spunky attitude and her ability to live life to the fullest is something we and her many friends around the world, will carry with us.
She was preceded in death by her parents, William Greene and Audrey DeLine Greene; her sister, Joyce; her brother, Billy; her nephew, Michael and countless others she loved and cherished.
She is survived by her loving and caring husband of 40 years, Tom; daughters, Sarah (Mike) and Connie (Johnny) and her five grandchildren, Justin, Thomas, Hannah, Ashton and Emma. All that knew her felt the deep love and compassion for not only her family and pets, but for anyone who took time to know her.
She will be returned to Hudson later this year and placed alongside her family at Maple Grove Cemetery. A memorial in Hudson will be organized at that time.
Karen’s beloved cats were all rescues, so in lieu of flowers, the family requests donation to Petsmart Charities or another animal charity of your choice.
Max L. Goodman
3-16-29 - 2-28-19
Max L. Goodman passed away on February 28, 2019 surrounded by loved ones. Max was born on a stormy night in March at the old Sacred Heart Hospital on 12th Avenue in Pensacola, Florida to Benjamin A Goodman and Leoma Bear Goodman.
Max attended elementary school in Pensacola, but he graduated high school from Marion Military Institute in Marion, Alabama. After a tour of duty in the Navy during the Korean War, he attended Keegan's School of Television and Radio in Memphis, Tennessee. After a lengthy career in radio and television he ended his career with Channel Five, WKRG-TV in Mobile, Alabama. Max has been a member of the Lions Clubs for 30 years and 25 years as a member of the Pensacola Lions Club. His father was the first president of the Pensacola Lions Club.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Marcia; two sons, Glenn and Mike; two grandsons, Clay and Will; 2 sister-in-laws, 2 nieces, many "adopted" children and many cousins.
He has requested cremation and no memorial, except for a memorial at a later date for his immediate family.
Melanie Turner, 48, of Pensacola, Florida passed away on Wednesday, February 27, 2019.
A Graveside Service will be held on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at 11:30 am at Resthaven Gardens Cemetery, 1084 Massachusetts Avenue, Pensacola, FL 32505.
Karen Lee Ely, 51, of Mary Esther, Florida was called Home on Monday, February 25, 2019.
She was born in Plantation, Florida on February 6, 1968 to Leonard and Betty Baker. She worked many years as an Ophthalmic Technician, where she loved her patients and fellow co-workers. She also loved the Georgia Bulldogs!
Karen was beautiful both inside and out. With a contagious laugh and an open mind, she was someone that everyone wanted to know. Even while facing unbeatable odds, she kept a positive attitude and a smile on her face. She was unbelievably selfless. Karen lived her life with grace and strength, until the day she was welcomed in Heaven.
Karen is survived by her two children- Racquel Mack (Ashton), and Christopher Ely, as well as her four granddaughters- Rylee, Hadlee, Cheyenne, and Lylah. She is also survived by her sister Denise Johnson (Kevin), as well as nieces Brenna and Sarah, and many more loving family members and friends who will miss her dearly. She is preceded in death by her parents, Lenny and Betty.
Karen was an amazing mother, sister, and friend, but her greatest and most adored role was Gigi. It is our sincerest hope that she will continue to guide our daughters throughout their lives, watching over them during life’s biggest moments. We will miss her immensely.
Isaac Neal Walton, 48, of Pensacola, Florida passed away on Sunday, February 24, 2019.
Mary Ruth Gulsby, 93, of Cantonment, Florida passed away on Sunday, February 24, 2019.
Ruth is survived by her son, Jerry (Clara); her daughter, Carrin (Steve); three very special grandsons, Darren, Steven, and Jonathan and other relatives and friends.
Ruth was born on Thanksgiving Day, November 26, 1925 in Alva, Florida. Her family nickname was Shug because she was sweeter than sugar. She loved sports, especially basketball, and played center on her winning high school team. She was one of only two girls who earned the option of taking Physics in her senior year of high school where she made the highest grade in the class full of boys. She was a very strong, confident woman and started working straight out of high school while putting herself through secretarial office technical school. She had worked at St. Regis Paper Company and in civil service, where she was nicknamed Sunshine because of her happy, optimistic attitude and beautiful smile that could brighten up any place.
Ruth was considered a walking miracle by all who knew of the many mostly rare illnesses that she managed to survive after doctors gave up and said she wouldn't make it to morning, starting when she was around 50 years old.
Ruth loved life, music, (especially rock & roll), dancing, (especially tap dance), people and animals, especially dogs. She was loved by all her knew her and will be unmeasurably missed.
Ruth will be privately interred at Alva Cemetery in Alva, Florida beside her beloved mother.
Albert Richard Boswell, II, 60, of Pensacola, Florida passed away on Saturday, February 23, 2019.
A Committal Service will be held on Friday, March 8, 2019 at 10:30 am at Barrancas National Cemetery. The Procession will meet at 9:45am at Olive Baptist Church-Warrington Campus, 103 West Winthrop Ave., Pensacola, FL 32507.
Ronald William Spellman, 65, of Pensacola, Florida passed away on Saturday, February 23, 2019.
A Committal Service will be held on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at 11:30 am at Barrancas National Cemetery. The Procession will meet at 11:00 am at Family-Funeral & Cremation, 7253 Plantation Road, Pensacola, FL 32504.
Rebecca Jane Mathis, 62, of Pensacola, Florida passed away on Saturday, February 23, 2019.
Mae Nell Hunt, 76, of Pensacola, Florida passed away on Friday, February 22, 2019.
Hubert Leon Johnston, 86, of Pensacola, Florida passed away on Friday, February 22, 2019.
James Kelly Souder, 59, of Cantonment, Florida passed away on Friday, February 22, 2019.
Teresa Kay Mills, 61, of Niceville, Florida passed away on Friday, February 22, 2019.
Todd Allen Wells, 50, of Pace, Florida passed away on Friday, February 22, 2019.
Todd is previously from Chatham, IL and Waukesha, WI and is preceded in death by his parents, Max E. Wells and Gail M. (Frede) Wells.
He graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor's Degree in Greenhouse Management and Environmental Horticulture and was a true Florida Gator Fan.
Todd was the owner of Contemporary Hardscapes, a full service landscape contracting company. He worked hard and provided what was most important to him, time with his family, especially his son Tyler who Todd did everything for. He will be forever loved and missed.
Todd was the first to lend a helping hand when needed and would not expect anything in return.
He is survived by his son, Tyler Wells; step-daughter, Olina Strott; ex-wife, Carole Wells; brother, Jeff Wells (Stefanie); sister, Dawn Holmes (Mike); nephews, Josh Holmes, Destin Holmes (Maycee), Ian Wells and great niece, Charlotte Holmes.
There will be a Celebration of Life on Thursday, February 28, 2019 from 4:30 – 6:30 pm at the home of Jeff and Stefanie Wells, 1914 Copley Drive, Pensacola, Florida 32503.
Kaci Saperia, 37, of Crestview, Florida passed away on Thursday, February 21, 2019.
Dorothy Keith Bowers of Gulf Breeze passed away on Feb. 19, 2019, at age 85. Dorothy's lifelong passions included buying and selling antiques, restoring and refinishing furniture, collecting old kitchenware and cultural artifacts, creating art, traveling, listening to music and sharing laughter and love with a network of lifelong friends and family that reached from New England to Florida to California to the Pacific Northwest.
Dorothy was born in Pensacola on August 3, 1933 to Roscoe and Ida Keith. After graduating from Mississippi College and living for a time in Pensacola Beach, in 1962 she married a U.S. Navy pilot, John M. Bowers, Jr., a native Tennessean who was then a flight instructor at Naval Air Station Pensacola. The locations Dorothy called home during her time as a military wife include Pensacola; Key West, North Kingstown, R.I., Orange Park, Fla., Alameda, Calif. and Charleston, S.C. She also lived for more than a decade in Lebanon, Tenn., returning to Florida around 2004. Dorothy maintained close friendships with Navy wives and officers throughout her travels and also added fellow antiques dealers to her social and professional networks. She owned or co-owned two antiques stores, including Three Bags Full in Orange Park (which she operated with two friends) and The Tin Pig in Lebanon. She sold merchandise at various antiques malls in New England, Florida and Tennessee over the years.
Considering underprivileged people and helping those in need was a theme throughout Dorothy's life. She always sympathized with those outcast or disadvantaged, expressing kindness and compassion however she could. Among other efforts, she volunteered at the Interfaith Ministries Thrift Shop in Gulf Breeze, and for years she devoted time to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing financial and educational assistance to service members.
Dorothy was ever fascinated and entertained by stories from the colorful characters she met. She often recounted tales of suspected hauntings in old New England homes or colossally embarrassing pratfalls in public places. Creativity was a driving force in her life as well. In addition to restoring furniture, she enjoyed drawing, oil painting, writing poetry, stencil and gravestone-rubbing. She was often open to trying new and adventurous things, no matter the outcome. She once took a ride in a hot-air balloon, for example, and loved it. She also tried downhill skiing—and hated it. Music was another of her many lifelong enjoyments. Her favorite recording artists included Nina Simone, Ahmad Jamal, Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra.
Dorothy is survived by a sister, Grace Barry of Pensacola; a brother, Roscoe "Bucky" Keith of Hernando Beach, Fla.; many loving nieces and nephews; an ex-husband, John M. Bowers Jr. of Lebanon, Tenn.; and two sons, John M Bowers, III of Oakland, Calif., and Keith Bowers of Corvallis, Ore.
A special thank-you goes out to a niece, Patsy Smith and her husband, Connie "Smitty" Smith of Gulf Breeze, as well as caregiver Victoria Danks, who made extraordinary efforts to ensure Dorothy was loved and comfortable in her final years. Thanks also goes out to the staff of Bay Breeze Senior Living and Rehabilitation Center where Dorothy had lived since mid-2018.
A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, February 25, 2019 at the First Baptist Church of Pensacola, 500 N. Palafox Street, Pensacola, Florida 32501. Visitation will be held from 1:00 - 2:00 pm with the service to follow at 2:00 pm.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Children's Ministry, First Baptist Church of Pensacola, 500 N. Palafox Street, Pensacola, FL 32501, or Interfaith Ministries, 4435 Highway 98, Gulf Breeze, FL 32563.
JoAnn Smith, 56, of Pensacola, Florida passed away on Tuesday, February 19, 2019.
Vicki Durand Alteri, 51, of Freeport, Florida passed away on Monday, February 18, 2019.
Melton Mitchell, 52, of Pensacola, Florida passed away on Monday, February 18, 2019.
Alvin Eugene Browning, Sr., 92, of Destin, Florida passed away on Sunday, February 17, 2019.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 11:00 am at the First Baptist Church of Ft. Walton Beach, 21 First Street, SE, Ft. Walton Beach, Florida 32548.
Florence M. Shipp, 63, of Crestview, Florida passed away on Sunday, February 17, 2019.
William (Bill) David Elwell, age 82, passed away on February 16, 2019, of complications from kidney disease at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola FL. He was currently living with his daughter, Jenni Elwell, in Seminole, AL. Bill was a retired U.S. Naval pilot and subsequent entrepreneur of TESCO and PJ's Coffee and Tea.
Bill was born in 1936 in Hornell, NY, to Charles William Elwell and Onolee (Payne) Elwell. He was married to Kay(Ebner)Elwell, mother of his three children, and to Ivy Rose(McCary)Elwell, both of whom predeceased him. He was also predeceased by his parents and a brother, Dana Charles Elwell, as well as a granddaughter Elizabeth Elwell.
Bill grew up in Troupsburg, NY, graduating from Troupsburg Central School in 1953. He then received a degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Parks College, St. Louis University.
He pursued his lifelong dream of becoming a U.S. Naval Pilot by earning his wings as a Naval Aviation Cadet in Pensacola, FL. He then flew fighter planes from the USS Enterprise, and communication aircraft in Rota, Spain. Bill survived a night surrounded by enemy patrol boats in the Gulf of Tonkin, after his fighter plane was shot down. During his time in the service he lived in, and was stationed in many places throughout the United States and the World. Later in his life, Bill pursued and was proudly inducted into the Sons of the American Revolution.
Bill is survived by two daughters, Jenni Elwell of Seminole, AL, and Laura Leathwood (Stewart and daughter Ashley), of Reston, VA, a son, Jeffrey Elwell (Kim), of Katy, TX, along with five grandchildren, Danielle Lindsey, Brandy Lightsey (John), Amanda Lindsey, David Elwell (Arianna), and Emma (Elwell) Murray(Luke); two great-grandchildren, Christopher Stallworth and John Lightsey, JR. In addition he is survived by his sister, Sandra (Elwell) Szepansky (Charles), seven nieces and 1 nephew.
A memorial service with military honors will be held at Barrancas National Cemetery onboard Naval Air Station, Pensacola, FL on a DATE AND TIME TO BE DETERMINED.
Ronald Sandiford, 59, of Pensacola, Florida passed away on Sunday, February 17, 2019.
Dolores Celeste Reynolds, 78, of Pensacola, Florida passed away on Sunday, February 17, 2019.