Obituaries

Sunday, July 5, 2015
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SARA COOK

Sara Jane Cook was born April 15, 1941, to the late Gladys and Clayton Cook of Bowling Green, Ohio. On July 2, 2015, Sara went home to be with the Lord. She was preceded in death by both parents and her only sister Sue.

She was a graduate of Muskegon College in New Concord, Ohio. After college, Sara taught school in suburban Cincinnati. Then it was on to Chicago, where she edited history books for Laidlaw Brothers.

Sara and her sister Sue often vacationed in Key West and in 1989, following Sue’s death, Sara moved to Key West. Once settled in Key West, Sara opened her own business, Sara Cook, Inc., specializing in rentals and property management. Many years later, due to poor health, Sara sold her business. She often told people that she “moved up” in the work and took a position as secretary to the pastor at Glad Tidings Church.

Sara was a dedicated member of the Key West Realtors Association for 16 years, where she served two years as president. She was an active member of Zonta and also served on the citizens board of The Salvation Army. She was a founding member and director of Keys Coalition.

Sara will be missed by all who know and loved her. She will be especially missed by her church family at Key Community Church at Big Pine Key. A celebration of her life will be held at Dean-Lopez Funeral Home today at 4 p.m., with a viewing from 3 p.m. to the time of the funeral. Internment will be in Big Pine Key. Pastor Ernie DeLoach will officiate.

A special note of thanks to the staff of Bayshore Manor, Key West Health and Rehabilitation and Lower Keys Medical Center.

Sunday, July 5, 2015
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MARY ELIZABETH FONT

Mary Elizabeth Font, 83, passed away July 2, 2015, at Lower Keys Medical Center.

Mary was born May 16, 1932, in Key West, the daughter of Harry and Annie (Wilson Loans).

She was a lifetime resident of Key West, a devoted and loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was preceded in death by both of her parents and her brother Harry Loans Jr., and sister Shirley Mills. She is survived by her two sons, Gilbert (Christine Font) of Key West, and George (Carolyn Font) of Staunton, Virginia; a sister, Rose Esquinaldo of Oklahoma; two grandchildren, Gilbert (Dara) Font Jr. of Key West, and Laura Font of Lakeland, Florida; and two great-grandchildren, Zandre and Zander, and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family with receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at Dean-Lopez Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Dr. Jonathan Carey will officiate. Dean-Lopez Funeral Home is entrusted with all arrangements

Sunday, July 5, 2015
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TAMMA LORRAINE WELLS

Tamma Lorraine Wells, a longtime resident of Key West, Florida, passed away on June 17, 2015, due to complications from lung cancer. Tamma was born on Feb. 15, 1957, to Homer and Crystal Wells in St. Louis, Missouri. She lived with her brothers, Dennis and Tim, and her beloved grandmother, Tamma Cornstuble.

The family moved to Venice, Florida, when Tamma was 15 years old, where she attended Venice High School and later Florida Institute of Technology, gaining a degree in Environmental Science.

In 1985, being the adventurous person that Tamma was known to be, she moved to Key West with only $150 and her VW camper van. She soon found a job as a bartender at Two Friends Patio where she worked for the Capas Family for the next 18 years.

In 1989, she met her life-partner, Barbara Withers, at Pampered Pet, Tamma with her sick fish and Barbara playing with kittens. They have been together ever since for 26 years.

Tamma had a lifelong curiosity about everything and an insatiable love of learning and had a “free-ranging mind” as she would always say. She also had an interest and considerable aptitude for Computer Technology and attended FKCC in Key West, gaining two associate degrees. In 2007, she formed her own business, Blue Sky Computer Repair. She combined computer repair with her off-beat sense of humor and in caring for her clients with their computer issues, her interest would go far beyond their PC’s, with many clients becoming her true friends.

Tamma was a devoted member of the Key West Buddhist Sangha and enjoyed attending the Saturday morning practice with those of her group who shared a special bond with Tamma.

Tamma was predeceased by her parents, Homer and Crystal Wells, and her grandmother, Tamma Cornstuble. She is survived by her life-long partner, Barbara Withers, brothers, Dennis Wells and Tim Wells, a niece Nell Wells and sister-in-law Laura, many cousins and numerous friends. A memorial service is planned for July 18, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. at the Botanical Garden in Key West, which held a special place in her heart. 

Thank you to all the doctors and medical staff at Lower Keys Hospital and 21st Century Oncology and at Baptist Hospital in Miami for their extraordinary service. Also, thanks to all her clients, friends and neighbors. A special thanks to our friends, Tricia, Brenda, Karen, Leslye, Hilary, Paula and Victoria

Sunday, July 5, 2015
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PHYLLIS L. HIGGS

Phyllis L. Higgs 94, of lifetime resident Key West, FL passed away on Thursday June 25, 2015 at Key West Health & Rehabilitation. She was born on April 29, 1921 in Key West, FL to the late Merrill “Chippy” & Marie (Johnson) Adams. She was a member of the Peace Covenant Presbyterian Church. She was a devoted mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Surviving is her daughter Dianne (Bill) Murray of Key West, FL; grandchildren Wayne (Gricel) Owen, Monica (Kevin) Owen Montagna; great grandchildren Fallon Owen, Kyle and Taylor Montagna. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband Henry Higgs. Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday July 7, 2015 at the Dean-Lopez Funeral Home 418 Simonton Street Key West, FL. Burial will be in the Key West City Cemetery. Visitation will be 2:00 p.m. until service time at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday July 7, 2015 at the Dean-Lopez Funeral Home. The Dean-Lopez Funeral Home is entrusted with all funeral arrangements.

Sunday, July 5, 2015
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VIOLET RAE SANDS MCCREADY

Violet Rae Sands McCready, 76 years old went home to her Lord on June 22, 2015 in Tampa, FL. Born on August 21, 1938 in Key West, Fla. She was a loving sister, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend.

She graduated from Key West High School and was employed at Key West Navy Federal Credit Union. She moved to Tampa in 1981 and was employed at Mac Dill Federal Credit Union until she retired.

She was preceded in death by her parents John and Buena (Knowles) Sands and brothers Frank Sands and John Sands Jr.

She is survived by her daughters, Tammy and Mary McCready of Tampa. Her son, John (Elizabeth) McCready of Ocala. Her grandchildren Brandy McCready-Payne (David), Patricia Hynek, Johnny (Britney) McCready, Violet Cruz McCready, Juan McCready, and Gina Garnett. Her great grandchildren Andre, Davante’, Izabella, Samantha, Jaidyn and Chance. Her brothers Donald Sands, Eddie Sands (Bobbi) and Butch Sands (Marcey). Her sisters Louise Singleton, Debbie Sands Vanderwerf (Duane), numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

A memorial service was held on June 26, 2015. You can send condolences to: 6815 S. Elemeta St., Tampa, FL 33616 or 813-787-6322.

Sunday, July 5, 2015
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KATHERINE S. BROWN

Katherine S. Brown, 100, of Key West, passed away at her home on June 30, 2015. She was born on June 24, 1915, in Miami to the late Harold Rexford Shaw and Ellie Constance (Dillon) Shaw. She moved to Key West as a small child. She attended and graduated from Glenn Archer School on White Street (the High School of Key West at the time). She was a longtime member of the Key West United Methodist Church. Surviving is her son Danny (Kathy) Brown of Key West; daughter Bobbi Kay Brown of Key West; niece Gail Shaw of Port Richey, Florida. Brown was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Bill Shaw in 1984, and husband Robert R. Brown in 1991.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Monday at the Key West United Methodist Church. Burial in the Key West City Cemetery. Visitation will be held 2 p.m. until service time Monday at the Key West United Methodist Church. The Dean-Lopez Funeral Home is entrusted with all funeral arrangements.