Obituaries

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.

Thursday, November 20, 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.

Thursday, November 20, 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. All arrangements are entrusted to Castillo and Thurston's Key West Mortuary and Cremation center.

Thursday, November 20, 2014
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Mary Louise Spencer

Mary Louise Spencer born Sept. 16, 1932, 82 years old. Mary died after a short illness at The Masonic Home of Shelbyville, Ky.

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 11 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.

Wednesday, November 19, 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.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
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JEAN ASHLEY FAUGHT

May 5, 1916 - Aug. 27, 2014

There will be a Memorial Service for Miss Jean with scattering of her ashes at the end of White Street Pier at 3 p.m. Monday, November 24. Immediately following will be a Celebration of Life at the Bottle Cap Lounge, 1128 Simonton Street. All her many friends are invited to join together in honoring Miss Jean's final request.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014
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Scott Arthur Smoot

Scott Arthur Smoot of Big Pine Key, Fl passed November 14, 2014.

Scott was born on March 6, 1978 in Indianapolis, Indiana. He moved to Midland, Michigan as a 6th grader. Scott graduated from Midland High School, Home of the Chemics, in 1998. He continued his education and graduated with an Undergraduate Degree from Central Michigan University in 2001.

He was married to Allison Blake Freer on June 16, 2007.

The charismatic, funny, hard working and respected educator worked for Midland Public Schools and Monroe County School District as a classroom teacher for the last nine years. In the MPS School District Scott enjoyed coaching girls softball and basketball. In the Monroe County Schools he enjoyed coaching the Middle School Boys Basketball Team. He also sponsored the Sugarloaf Running Club and Student Council. Scott took on many leadership roles and took pride in these accomplishments.

Scott is survived by his loving wife, Blake and his precious children, Anderson Wayne and Laurel Catherine. He is also survived by his parents Steve and Beverly from Midland MI, brother Kevin (Leiana) and nephews Matthew, Jacob and nieces McKenzie and Brielle from Henderson, NV. Along with Grandmother Eloise Smoot-Russell and many Aunts, Uncles and Cousins. Scott is survived by families-in-law Marty and Tony Jacquette from Sugarloaf Key, FL, Ralph and Gaelle Freer from Poplar Bluff, MO, and brother-in-law Alexander Freer.

Scott loved to run, travel, antique, gather ancestry information and joke with his friends. Above all, he loved to spend time with his family.

Scott's friendly smile remains in all of our hearts.

In lieu of flowers, an account has been established at First State Bank of the Florida Keys (PO Box 420248 Summerland Key, Fl 33042) for the Smoot Family.

Services will be held at Peace Covenant Presbyterian Church in Key West. Visitation will be on Tuesday, November 18th from 4-7 p.m. and the funeral service will be held Wednesday, November 19th at 2:00 p.m. A private family interment will follow.

Monday, November 17, 2014
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Scott Arthur Smoot

Scott Arthur Smoot of Big Pine Key, Fl passed November 14, 2014.

Scott was born on March 6, 1978 in Indianapolis, Indiana. He moved to Midland, Michigan as a 6th grader. Scott graduated from Midland High School, Home of the Chemics, in 1998. He continued his education and graduated with an Undergraduate Degree from Central Michigan University in 2001.

He was married to Allison Blake Freer on June 16, 2007.

The charismatic, funny, hard working and respected educator worked for Midland Public Schools and Monroe County School District as a classroom teacher for the last nine years. In the MPS School District Scott enjoyed coaching girls softball and basketball. In the Monroe County Schools he enjoyed coaching the Middle School Boys Basketball Team. He also sponsored the Sugarloaf Running Club and Student Council. Scott took on many leadership roles and took pride in these accomplishments.

Scott is survived by his loving wife, Blake and his precious children, Anderson Wayne and Laurel Catherine. He is also survived by his parents Steve and Beverly from Midland MI, brother Kevin (Leiana) and nephews Matthew, Jacob and nieces McKenzie and Brielle from Henderson, NV. Along with Grandmother Eloise Smoot-Russell and many Aunts, Uncles and Cousins. Scott is survived by families-in-law Marty and Tony Jacquette from Sugarloaf Key, FL, Ralph and Gaelle Freer from Poplar Bluff, MO, and brother-in-law Alexander Freer.

Scott loved to run, travel, antique, gather ancestry information and joke with his friends. Above all, he loved to spend time with his family.

Scott's friendly smile remains in all of our hearts.

In lieu of flowers, an account has been established at First State Bank of the Florida Keys (PO Box 420248 Summerland Key, Fl 33042) for the Smoot Family.

Services will be held at Peace Covenant Presbyterian Church in Key West. Visitation will be on Tuesday, November 18th from 4-7pm and the funeral service will be held Wednesday, November 19th at 2:00pm. A private family interment will follow.