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Mrs. Joyce Padgett Entzminger, age 88, of Fernandina Beach, FL passed away on Saturday evening, February 16, 2013 at Baptist Medical Center in Jacksonville. Born in Somerset, KY, she was the youngest of two children and only daughter born to the late Vola Reid and Lyda Colyer Padgett. She grew up in Somerset and on a blind date, in 1945, she met a young U.S. Army Air Corps Pilot, Percy Rice Entzminger. After a short courtship, they were married in 1946. Shortly after their marriage, the newlyweds moved to Gainesville, FL, where her husband returned to the University of Florida to complete his degree in Forestry. While living in Gainesville, Mrs. Entzminger worked at the University of Florida as Secretary to Dean Walter J. Matherly. After her husband's graduation, he accepted employment with Container Corporation of America, and the young couple moved to Fernandina in 1948. Not long after settling into their new home, they were blessed with two daughters, Jean and Connie. Mr. Entzminger remained with CCA until 1983, when he retired from his position as the Manager of the Timber Division; and Mrs. Entzminger raised their daughters, serving as home room mother and actively supporting each girl's various endeavors. Nicknamed "Peaches" by her childhood friends, she was known for her bright smile and joyful laugh. An accomplished pianist, Mrs. Entzminger also enjoyed golfing, fishing, flower gardening, and playing bridge with friends. For many years she sang alto in the church choir. She and her husband loved to dance and were among the original members of the Terpsichorean Club. They were longtime members of the Memorial United Methodist Church. Mrs. Entzminger spent the last 2 years living in the Retreat at Osprey Village where she had many friends and enjoyed the numerous activities provided. The family is extremely grateful for their care and compassion. Mrs. Entzminger is preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Mr. Percy R. Entzminger, who passed away in 1997. She leaves behind, their daughters, Jean Tauber (James), New Smyrna Beach, FL, Connie Dignum (Dale), Fernandina Beach, FL; her brother, Glenn Padgett (Blanche), Lexington, KY; two granddaughters, Leanne Finnie (Mike), Fernandina Beach, FL, and Shelley Dignum, Indian Shores, FL; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be at 11:00 am, Wednesday, February 20, 2013 in the Burgess Chapel of Oxley Heard Funeral Home with Dr. Brett Opalinski, officiating. Mrs. Entzminger will be laid to rest beside her husband in Bosque Bello Cemetery. Her family will receive friends on Tuesday from 5:00 - 7:00 pm at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Memorial United Methodist Church, 601 Centre Street, Fernandina Beach, FL or to The Barnabas Center, 930 South 14th Street, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034. Please share her life story at

Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on Feb. 19, 2013
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