Mrs. Cecelia Thompson Bledsoe, 75, of Crystal River, passed away Sunday, June 1, 2014, in Hudson, Florida. She was born March 2, 1939. A native of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, she moved to Florida in 1959, and settled in Ocala in 1962. Mrs. Bledsoe taught math for the Marion County School System at Ocala/Forest High, Lake Weir High, and North Marion High Schools. She also taught middle school for the Dept. of Defense in Germany for six years.
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She was preceded in death in 1991 by her husband Richard Bledsoe, who coached at Osceola Middle School for many years. Mrs. Bledsoe earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Florida, and her master's degree from the University of Southern Mississippi. She was well known as a Gator Booster "GO GATORS!" In addition to her many years teaching, she also worked as a real estate agent for several years, before finally retiring to Crystal River in 2001. She belonged to the Elks, the Moose, and Beta Sigma Phi Sorority. While living in Ocala, she belonged to St. Mark's United Methodist Church, and later became a charter member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church, both in Ocala.
Survivors include her sons, Craig, Richard, and Barry Bledsoe; her daughter, Beverly Beach; her mother, Delphine F. Thompson; her sisters, Beverly Scott and Penny Gettings; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father, W. E. Thompson Jr. in 1980.
Visitation for Mrs. Bledsoe will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 6, 2014, at Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, 910 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 7, 2014, at the funeral home. Interment will follow in Highland Memorial Park.
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Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services
910 E Silver Springs Blvd
Ocala, FL 34470
Published in Citrus County Chronicle on June 5, 2014