Davis Watkins Funeral Home
Call UsDavis Watkins Funeral Home
1326 Lewis Turner Boulevard
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547
Davis Watkins Funeral Home & Crematory
1474 Highway 83 North
DeFuniak Springs, FL 32433
Davis Watkins Crestview Memorial
492 E Pine Avenue
Crestview, FL 32539
Fort Walton Beach Crestview DeFuniak Springs
850-864-1822 850-682-2252 850-951-1822
February 22, 1937 - October 21, 2014
She was born in Omaha, NE to her loving parents, Bernard Joseph and Bernice Margaret Woef Roth. She was married on February 16, 1956 to Albert John Wagner in Offutt AFB, Nebraska.
She is survived by her daughters; Debbie Wiggins (Jim) and Connie Haley (Duane); siblings, Carol Ann Johnson and Judy Stahlnecker (Jim); grandchildren, James Wiggins, John Wiggins, Adam Haley(Mollie) and Brian Haley; friends, Larry and Lauri Neville, Michael Neville, Iris Highsmith, Dorothy Buchanon, Joe and Jan Talley. She is preceded in death by her loving husband, Albert John Wagner and siblings, Mary Alice Roth and Robert Roth.
A memorial service will be at Mary Esther United Methodist Church on Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. with a reception following at the church.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Mary Esther UMC 703 E. Miracle Strip Parkway, Mary Esther, Florida 32569.
Debbie and Connie would like to extend a special thank you to Star Musante who provided around the clock care for our Mom over the last several months. The dedication and love she showed our Mom during this time was an answered prayer during a very difficult time. We would also like to thank Sue Haley and Laurie Shaner for their love and care of our Mom over the last several months, not to mention the many years they were friends. We also want to thank Donovan and the entire Whataburger staff on Miracle Strip Parkway for their friendship and support of our Dad and Mom over the years.
March 19, 1923 - October 20, 2014
She is survived by daughters; Dianne Charneco and husband Bert, their children Dane, Scotty and Megan Charneco also her daughter, Carol Grunsky and her husband Chuck and their children Mark Grunsky and Diane Grunsky; great grandchildren, Campbell, Cooper, Kiera, Jude, Hanna and Nick. Peggy is also survived by her cousins, Terry Hight and Penny Burck and her sister in law Dorothy Whited.
She is predeceased by her loving husband, John Davis Wilkes and grandchild, Courtney Charneco
Peggy leaves behind Happy and Luna, her loyal dogs.
Visitation will take place Friday, October 24, 2014, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Davis Watkins Funeral Home, 1326 Lewis Turner Boulevard, Ft. Walton Beach, Florida 32547.
Burial will take place in Arlington National Cemetery where she will join her husband John.
Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die.
October 22, 1936 - October 20, 2014
Survivors include Mrs. Kimberly (Michael) Yarrington of Chippewa Falls, WI, and Mrs. Katrina (Robert) Edwards III of Santa Rosa Beach, FL; and four grandchildren, Michael, Nichole, and Melissa Yarrington of Chippewa Falls, WI, Robert (Katie) Edwards of Abingdon, VA, and a great granddaughter, Emma Edwards of Abingdon, VA. Survivors also include his loving friend, Biliie Reinhart of Santa Rosa Beach, FL and his brother, Everette Elmo Hinch of Phoenix, AZ.
The family wishes to express their sincere appreciation to Clarence's countless friends and loved ones who encouraged, prayed with and for him, and visited him.
A celebration of his life will be conducted at 2 pm on Friday, Oct. 24,2014 at Destin United Methodist Church with Dr. Barry Carpenter officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Haven House, Attention Kevin Davis, P.O. Box 2279, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459. If you prefer, you may make your donation directly at the following website: havenhouse.net.
September 26, 1951 - October 19, 2014
Patricia was born in LaCrosse, Wisconsin on September 26, 1951. She is the daughter of the late Joseph R. Avery and Dorothy I. (Umber) Avery. She is preceded in death by her brother, Alan; sister, Sherrie; father in law, Royce Beavers; son, Brett Beavers and special parents June and Joe York.
Patricia is survived by her brother, Robin (Cindy) Avery of Arvada, Colorado and sister, Joanne (Jimmie) Johnson of Beloit, Wisconsin.
Patti leaves her husband and soul mate, John Beavers and their children, Rebecca Schneider of Clyman, Wisconsin, Angela Roussel of Park Falls, Wisconsin, Ginger Cook of LaPlace, Louisiana, Joshua Avery of Jacksonville, Florida and Derek Beavers of Tampa, Florida.
Patti is survived by eleven grandchildren; Heather, Ashley, Stephanie, Cody, Rianna, Cameron, Morgan, Matthew, Joshua Junior, Maddox and Seth; great grandchildren, Andrew, Jeffry, Haisley and Riannas peanut expected in December. She also leaves a host of nieces and nephews.
Miss Pat was a voracious reader for knowledge and entertainment. She survived five hurricanes and is known to love a good storm. She was a beader, crafter and a great story teller. She had a wonderful sense of humor and loved her family most in life. Patricia is greatly missed.
A special warm thank you to Pattis bestie Kim Schwartz, whos support and caring went beyond the call of duty. Also, a special thank you to the individuals with Covenant Hospice and Davis Watkins Funeral Home for their caring, knowledge and expertise.
January 22, 1925 - October 18, 2014
She was born in a small Pennsylvania town of Mahanoy Plane to her loving parents George and Mary Mateka. She was a coal miner's daughter, the oldest of three sisters. Helen, along with Millie and Margie, grew up with the old world close knit Ukrainian-American community where hard work was valued as well as a strong moral compass. Life was difficult growing up during the Great Depression and that made the family strong and able to overcome adversity and become better for the experience. These times helped create the strong and determined woman Helen became. She was able to overcome life's adversities like cancer and major surgeries while still keeping the loving heart she shared with others. She fought courageously and defied the odds, time, and time again. Regardless of what she was going through, her focus and concern was always on those around her and never herself. She was a true warrior and rarely let on when she was going through painful times.
Helen spoke or understood a number of eastern European languages which her parents and neighbors spoke. Her children did not know she was fluent until they saw a speech of Soviet premier Brezhnev on the news. Helen pointed out a mistranslation into to English by a commentator to the astonishment of her children who at the time thought all Russians were the dreaded communists. We all laughed and found out something special about our mom.
After graduating from high school Helen stayed at home and helped her family until it was time to move to New Haven, Connecticut to begin her occupation working in the insurance industry.
In 1956 she moved to a warmer climate in Miami, Florida. She worked insurance and enjoyed the weather and beaches. Miami was still growing at that time and she grew with it. She was a successful insurance agent and bought her first home in a nice neighborhood which would be where she would eventually raise her two children. Later she met her late husband, Frank Simmons, who eventually ran his own insurance agency. They were married in 1960 at a church one mile away from where they settled down and raised their children. Helen's home was opened to the neighborhood children so that they would have a safe place to play, good food to eat, and an open heart to know they were loved. It also became home to a variety of wayward animals her children found that needed a loving home. Of course she become the primary caregiver of the animals after the initial dedication of her children waned. She was an active volunteer in her sons' early schools and a supporter of numerous charitable causes. She was active in her children's lives and celebrated when her children attended college and left to start their own lives. She is now looking down on them in joyous celebration.
In 2000 Helen moved from Miami to Navarre to be closer to her son. She enjoyed the area and made some great friends and was a part of the community.
Helen loved to sing her favorite hymns and would be found around the house singing as she worked. Helen was a painter that enjoyed both creating and collecting art. She would display her art around her home so others could appreciate it as well as her family. She took up needlepoint and created some attractive items. She was enjoyed searching for beautiful items to brighten up the family home. She freely shared her knowledge of crafts with all she could help.
Later in life Helen could be found constantly working in the garden to brighten up her surroundings. She loved the flowers and plants that grew in the beautiful Florida sunshine. She could be found pulling weeds in the evenings or whenever the inclination occurred. That was part of her personal therapy, keeping fit and improving her surroundings. She was always doing something, even if it meant organizing things around her children's.
She was occasionally attended churches in the places she lived and provided fervent prayers and support for whoever was in need. Helen's deep and growing faith in Christ led her to invest her life and time in other people. She received and gave support to many hurting people. Helen firmly believed that everyone deserved grace and forgiveness and because of this she opened her home and heart to many people who needed support and encouragement. What really mattered most to her was her faith in God, her family, and friends.
Her timeless efforts have earned recognition from everyone who has known her, all of whom have benefited from the caring heart and humble soul of a great mother and friend. Her enormous personality, wealth of selflessness, and friendly smile will be sorely missed by all of us who will continue to remember her signature gift of joy, strength, and determination to live life fully.
The family wishes to express sincere gratitude to Bay Breeze Nursing Home for their compassionate care offered to Helen and her family. The family also wishes to acknowledge Helen's countless friends who encouraged, prayed with and for her, and visited her.
Helen is preceded in death by her parents, husband, and sister, Margie. She is survived by her two sons; Frank and Alan; sister Mildred Fedak; and many nieces, nephews, and their children.
A graveside service will be held at Beal Memorial Cemetery on Friday, October 24, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.
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Davis Watkins Funeral Home
1326 Lewis Turner Boulevard
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547