Our beloved mother and grandmother, Cecelia White Abbott, age 74, passed away in Palm Bay, Florida on October 28, 2010. Born January 9, 1936 in San Diego, California, she attended High School at Point Loma and graduated from Woodbury College, CA.
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Upon graduation, modeled and coordinated fashion shows at the Hecht Company in Washington D.C. She shared her love of nature's color and design with numerous school children through her traveling shell exhibit.
At the New York Shell Club, she met future husband and noted Malacologist, Dr. Robert Tucker Abbott. Together, the Abbotts were very active in the Astronaut Trail Shell Club (Florida East Coast), judged numerous shell exhibits all over the state of Florida, and went around the world in 80 days gathering data for a Compendium of Landshells book.
Following the death of Dr. Abbott, Cecelia became an active member of the Sea Bean Society and traveled to the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico for her last major collecting expedition in 2005.
She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and is survived by daughters, Cheryl Wahl (Spouse-Ronald), Jonna Robson, Erika Von Zoog (Spouse-Scott); grandsons, Dyllan Marshall and Camyron Cross.
A celebration of Cecelia's life will be held on Sunday, October 31st at 3:00 p.m. at Fountainhead Funeral Home, 7359 Babcock Street, Palm Bay, FL 32909.
Published in FLORIDA TODAY from Oct. 30 to Oct. 31, 2010