Obituaries

Wednesday, November 26, 2014
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Mary Elizabeth "Betty" Niles

Mary Elizabeth "Betty" Niles, a lifelong resident of Key West, passed away on Nov. 22, 2014. Betty was born in New London, Conn. on Sept. 13, 1931 where her father was stationed with the U.S. Coast Guard.

Betty's primary job was that of daughter, wife, mother and grandmother. Her family was the most important thing in this world to her. Her extended family included the teachers and office staff at Poinciana School where she worked in the office from 1969 to 1994, along with her lifelong neighbors who were very dear to her.

Betty enjoyed watching many baseball games from little league to professional baseball. There were many great trips with her family to Tallahassee, California, Arizona, Texas, Mississippi, and other cities to enjoy time with her family and see her grandchildren play ball. In recent years, she enjoyed her great granddaughters' piano, dance, gymnastics, and theater performances. She was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother that will be dearly missed.

Betty was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Jack "Corky" Niles whom she married Jan. 2, 1950. She was also preceded in death by her parents, Rex and Sophie Weech, her brother Rex "Sonny" Weech, and her granddaughter Rachel Niles. She is survived by her sons Jack Niles, Jr.(Gilda) and David Niles; her sister-in-law Rosie Weech; her Grandchildren Jack Niles, III (Lisette), Randy Niles (Kellie), Martin Niles, and T.J. Niles; and her great grandchildren Tyler Niles, Julia Rose Niles, Sonia Niles, Scarlet Niles, Lydia Niles, Rachel Niles, Jack Niles IV, and Sofia Niles; numerous nephews and nieces and many good friends.

The family would like to thank the entire staff of the Key West Health and Rehabilitation Center, VNA and Hospice of the Florida Keys, Dr. Calleja, Dr. Sullivan and Dr. Caner for their compassion, caring and professionalism. We would also like to convey a very special thank you to Masae Keohane, her primary care giver for more than two years, for her love and support.

There will be a mass at St. Paul's Episcopal Church on Monday, Dec. 1, 2014 at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to VNA Hospice of the Florida Keys, 1319 William St., Key West, Fl 33040 or St Paul's Episcopal Church.

Dean-Lopez Funeral Home has been entrusted with all funeral arrangements.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014
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Warren Lynnwood Chestnutt

Warren Lynnwood Chestnutt graduated from this world from MeadowView Terrace in Clarksville, Virginia on November 24, 2014.

He was born in Washington, D.C. on 17 March, 1927, the son of the late Ernest Chestnutt and Alberta Lazear and is preceded in death by his sisters, Ernestine Eisenacher and Virginia Roach, as well as his first wife, Phyllis Donald, and second wife, Shirley Mulvey.

He is survived by his sons Donald and Bruce Chestnutt, and daughters, Rebecca Chestnutt, Fran Peters, Susan Murphy, Janice Mulvey and Sharon Mulvey and her partner Ginger Boncek plus 15 grandchildren and 17 great-grand children.

Warren was an Army Air Corps veteran at the end of WWII serving in the occupation forces on Okinawa and then attended George Washington University for an engineering degree.

He was an employee of the Southern Railway System, and later a partner in the K.F. McQuilkin Company. After retiring, he resided in Key West, Fla. and Romney, W.Va.

Warren had a generous nature and was a loving father figure for his entire extended family.

A private family memorial service will be held at a later date.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014
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CARLA M. MEADOR

Carla Marie Meador, 56, of Key West, Fla. pass away on Friday Nov. 21, 2014 at her home in Key West. She was born on June 5, 1958 in Key West, Fla. to Kenneth and Barbara (Crusoe) Meador. Carla had lived in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. for many years. She worked at a law firm as a bookkeeper. She is survived by her mother Barbara Meador of Key West, Fla.; sister Nancy Meador of Orlando, Fla.; brother Steven Meador of Key West, Fla.; nephew Teddy Wiggins, III; niece Tiffany Wiggins both of Orlando, Fla. Carla was preceded in death by her father Kenneth Meador and sister Donna Wiggins. In lieu of flowers, donations maybe given to the Hospice and Visiting Nurse Association of the Florida Keys, 1319 William Street Key West, FL, 33040. The Dean-Lopez Funeral Home is entrusted with all funeral arrangements.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014
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HERMINIA PEREZ

Herminia Perez was born in Quivican Havana Cuba on April 25, 1925. She passed away peacefully on Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014 under Catholic Hospice at Homestead Manor Assisted Living, her home away from home for the last five years. She is preceded in death by one of her brothers, Domingo Rodriguez of Key West, and five brothers and one sister of Cuba. She is survived by one brother, Alfonso Rodriguez of Cuba and her sister Claudina Rodriguez of Key West, her niece and her husband Acelia and Francisco Plans of Key West. Herminia was loved by her family and friends, she will be remembered by her love and devotion to her Catholic faith. A funeral mass will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014 at 1 p.m. at The Basilica of St. Mary Star of the Sea in Key West. Followed by a graveside service at Key West City Cemetery. The Dean-Lopez Funeral Home is entrusted with all funeral arrangements.

Sunday, November 23, 2014
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Edward James Munroe

Edward James Munroe, 72, of Mims, Fla. passed to join his family and friends in heaven on Nov. 11, 2014 after a long illness.

Eddie was born on Oct 12, 1942 in Portland, Maine to Buster and Evelyn Munroe. He grew up in Maine with his three brothers, Danny, Mark, and Jimmy and his sister Patty. They all loved exploring the forests and swimming in the rivers and often visited the mountains in New Hampshire.

Eddie joined the U.S. Marine Corps at the age of 20 following in the footsteps of his father who was a marine and was killed in France in World War II when Eddie was only two years old. His two older brothers had also joined the Corps. He loved being a Marine and friends will remember how he liked to whip up his sleeve to show his USMC Bulldog mascot tattoo on his bicep.

After a tour in Guantanamo, Cuba he was stationed at the U.S. Naval Station in Key West. He was discharged in 1966 and left briefly to go home and visit his family. He soon returned and married Kathleen McCreary who he had met and became engaged to while serving at USNS Key West.

After the birth of his only son, Matt, many happy times were spent on vacations to visit family in both Kentucky and in Maine. He was a wonderful father who loved his family, friends and enjoying life in Key West. He loved the beautiful weather and the ocean and spent most weekends on his boat fishing, scuba diving, and camping out on Bo Grande and the Marquesas islands with his family and friends. It was a great era in Key West.

His civil service job was as a firefighter at NAS Key West where he met those who would become his closest and dearest friends. He loved his job and the camaraderie that is shared and only understood by those who live and work closely together sharing common goals and life threatening situations. He was known for his humor, his kindness and his loyalty.

He and Kathleen divorced after 16 years and remained friends for life.

He retired from firefighting in 1997 and remained in Key West for many years before heading back to Maine and his family there for visits. In 2006 he married Sylvia Gail Eaton, a childhood friend living in Mims, Fla. His last visit to Key West was in December 2007 when his best friend, retired firefighter Alcio Bravo passed away and he came down for his funeral services. It was a devastating loss for Eddie and all who knew Alcio. He still had many firefighter friends living in Key West who he was able to see again at that time.

He became very ill after suffering a heart attack and undergoing bypass surgery in October 2012.

He was preceded in death by his beloved mother, Evelyn Greenleaf, his father Buster Munroe, and his dear brothers Danny (Joyce), Mark, and Jimmy Munroe.

He is survived by his wife, Sylvia Munroe of Mims, Fla., his son, Matt James Munroe of Key West, Fla., and his sister, Patty Grant of North Edgecomb, Maine, by many nieces and nephews, and by many dear friends who care deeply for him. Semper Fi, Eddie.

He was lovingly cared for by The Hospice of St. Francis at the Edward Poe Center in Titusville, Fla. during the last two weeks of his life. Any donations in his memory can be sent to them. There will be no public services as Eddie's wish to be cremated and placed in the ocean off Key West will be honored.

Friday, November 21, 2014
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Elaine Carey

Elaine "Mema" Carey died peacefully with her family by her side on Nov. 12 at Lower Keys Medical Center. Elaine was born Eloina Lydia Ortega in Key West, Fla. on Dec. 5, 1936. She is preceded in death by her parents Eugenia Perez and Crescencio Ortega and beloved brother Eugene "Genie" Perez. She is survived by her life partner John Tarvis whom she loved dearly and her siblings; Onelio (Alicia) Perez, Robert (Nancy) Perez, Orlando (Betty) Perez, Orchid Orta, Olga (Ricky) Cedeno, and Cynthia "Lulu" Perez. She was a devoted mother to her sons Leonard (Luisa) Salazar Jr., Lester (Karen) Salazar and Edward Salazar. She also was a loving and devoted grandmother to Leonard, Carrie, Rheanna, Tamrah, Ryan, and Krystal. Great grandmother to Lucus, Marcos, Mena, Ty, Hunter, Eva, Cash, Mia and Mason. Elaine retired from the Monroe County School board after 32 years and Keys Energy after 10. Elaine was a kind and gentle person who lived life to its fullest. She loved all living animals and loved to dance and spend time with her family and friends. You could always count on seeing her at the numerous baseball, soccer and football games cheering on her great grandchildren. She was a proud Conch and enjoyed reminiscing about the "good old days" with her friends at the Breakfast Club. Elaine was a beautiful person inside and out and her memory will forever live on through the many people she touched. A special thanks to the staffs of Lower Keys Medical Center and Hospice VNA. All arrangements entrusted by Castillo and Thurston Key West Mortuary and Cremation Center. A celebration of life will be held this Saturday, Nov. 22, 1 p.m. at Unity Of The Keys, 1011 Virginia Street in Key West. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Unity of the Keys, 1011 Virginia Street, Key West, Florida, 33040.

Friday, November 21, 2014
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Hilda Ayme Fernandez

Hilda Ayme Fernandez, 20, passed away Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014 in Miami, Fla. The family will receive friends Friday, Nov. 21 from 3 to 8 p.m. at Newman United Methodist Church. Funeral services will take place Saturday, Nov. 22 at 3 p.m. Burial will follow at Southern Keys Cemetary, 258 Ave A, Big Coppitt. All arrangements are entrusted to Castillo and Thurston's Key West Mortuary and Cremation center.

Friday, November 21, 2014
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Edward James Munroe

Edward James Munroe, 72, of Mims, Fla. passed to join his family and friends in heaven on Nov. 11, 2014 after a long illness.

Eddie was born on Oct 12, 1942 in Portland, Maine to Buster and Evelyn Munroe. He grew up in Maine with his three brothers, Danny, Mark, and Jimmy and his sister Patty. They all loved exploring the forests and swimming in the rivers and often visited the mountains in New Hampshire.

Eddie joined the U.S. Marine Corps at the age of 20 following in the footsteps of his father who was a marine and was killed in France in World War II when Eddie was only two years old. His two older brothers had also joined the Corps. He loved being a Marine and friends will remember how he liked to whip up his sleeve to show his USMC Bulldog mascot tattoo on his bicep.

After a tour in Guantanamo, Cuba he was stationed at the U.S. Naval Station in Key West. He was discharged in 1966 and left briefly to go home and visit his family. He soon returned and married Kathleen McCreary who he had met and became engaged to while serving at USNS Key West.

After the birth of his only son, Matt, many happy times were spent on vacations to visit family in both Kentucky and in Maine. He was a wonderful father who loved his family, friends and enjoying life in Key West. He loved the beautiful weather and the ocean and spent most weekends on his boat fishing, scuba diving, and camping out on Bo Grande and the Marquesas islands with his family and friends. It was a great era in Key West.

His civil service job was as a firefighter at NAS Key West where he met those who would become his closest and dearest friends. He loved his job and the camaraderie that is shared and only understood by those who live and work closely together sharing common goals and life threatening situations. He was known for his humor, his kindness and his loyalty.

He and Kathleen divorced after 16 years and remained friends for life.

He retired from firefighting in 1997 and remained in Key West for many years before heading back to Maine and his family there for visits. In 2006 he married Sylvia Gail Eaton, a childhood friend living in Mims, Fla. His last visit to Key West was in December 2007 when his best friend, retired firefighter Alcio Bravo passed away and he came down for his funeral services. It was a devastating loss for Eddie and all who knew Alcio. He still had many firefighter friends living in Key West who he was able to see again at that time.

He became very ill after suffering a heart attack and undergoing bypass surgery in October 2012.

He was preceded in death by his beloved mother, Evelyn Greenleaf, his father Buster Munroe, and his dear brothers Danny (Joyce), Mark, and Jimmy Munroe.

He is survived by his wife, Sylvia Munroe of Mims, Fla., his son, Matt James Munroe of Key West, Fla., and his sister, Patty Grant of North Edgecomb, Maine, by many nieces and nephews, and by many dear friends who care deeply for him. Semper Fi, Eddie.

He was lovingly cared for by The Hospice of St. Francis at the Edward Poe Center in Titusville, Fla. during the last two weeks of his life. Any donations in his memory can be sent to them. There will be no public services as Eddie's wish to be cremated and placed in the ocean off Key West will be honored.

Friday, November 21, 2014
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Mary Louise Spencer

Mary Louise Spencer born Sept. 16, 1932, 82 years old. Mary passed away after a short illness at The Masonic Home of Shelbyville, Ky on Nov. 15.

She was born and raised in Key West, Fla. with her six brothers and sisters.

She was preceded in death by five siblings and her husband of 49 years, William H. Spencer Junior.

She is survived by one sister, Florence Betancourt, three children, Evelyn Stucker of Shelbyville, Ky., Terry Spencer of Key West, Fla. and Randy Spencer of Woodbridge, Va., nine grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and many loved nieces and nephews.

Mary was a lifetime member of the Key West Church of God.

A viewing will be held Saturday, Nov. 22 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Key West Church of God, 1419 White St. Funeral services will take place Sunday morning, Nov. 23 at 10:45 a.m. Burial to follow in the family plot at Key West City Cemetery.

All arrangements are entrusted to Castillo and Thurston's Key West Mortuary and Cremation center.