Aquilina Demaris Flores Martinez Ward-Roberts, 73 of Citrus County, Fla., died Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014. She was born to Silvestre Flores and Angela Martinez Jan. 22, 1941, in Penonome, Panama. She relocated to the United States in 1966. After traveling for her husband's military career, her family settled in Crystal River in 1970.
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Known as Nina to her friends and family, she was baptized as one of Jehovah's Witnesses and joyfully served in nine congregations in three states. She was instrumental in the establishment and development of the Spanish congregations in Citrus County.
Nina will be remembered as a loving mother and homemaker by her five children and their spouses, Donna Ward Frink and Ron Frink of Beverly Hills, Billy Ward, actively serving in the U.S. Army, Keith Ward and Donna Ward of Crystal River, Keeli Ward Hamilton and Rick Hamilton of Inverness and Regina Roberts Graham and Alan Graham of Athens, Ga. She will be greatly missed by her 14 grandchildren, John Hodgkins and his wife Lindsey, Steven Hodgkins and Joshua Barker, Will Ward and Nicholas Ward, Hannah Ward, Logan Ward and Emma Ward, Austin Hamilton, Mia Hamilton, Malena Hamilton, Jessy Lagarino Graham and Clay Graham; and two great-grandchildren, Noah Hodgkins and Elijah Hodgkins; and many nieces and nephews. Her parents preceded her in death along with her brother, Arselio Sabedra of Sonadora, Panama. She is survived by siblings, Bernarda Seyersdahl of Tampa, Julio Flores and Natia MacKay of Sonadora, Panama.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations in memory of Nina Ward to Hospice of Citrus County. Additionally, donations may be made in her memory to La Casa De Campesino of Penonome, Panama, via her children. A Memorial Service will be 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, at Fero Funeral Home in Beverly Hills.
Arrangements entrusted to Fero Funeral Home, www.ferofuneralhome.com,
Published in Citrus County Chronicle from Feb. 14 to Feb. 16, 2014