Virginia E. Carlton of Fort Walton Beach, 78, passed from this earth Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012, after a courageous battle with COPD.
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Virginia was born Sept. 11, 1933, in Chicago to Walter and Martha Jenkinson Sulak. After high school she attended Indiana University and became a legal secretary. She met her husband, Edward, in the laundry room of the apartment building where they both lived. He was on his way to play golf and looked very dashing! Their first date was a duplicate bridge tournament, and they remained favorite partners for 50 years. Virginia and Ed were married in Hammond, Ind., and lived there a year before his career in sales took them to many wonderful places. Virginia led a very busy life as a wife and mother of three girls; wearing the hats of Girl Scout leader, school volunteer, and chauffeur to gymnastics, piano, swimming, etc. The legacy of her devoted work as wife, mother and friend will continue on through generations.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Edward O. Carlton. She is survived by her daughters and son-in-laws, Lynn and Tom Furlette, Kristin and Bill Hornsby, Cynthia (Petey) and Lt. Col. (Ret.) Michael Brennan III; and grandchildren, Ted and Drew Furlette, Rose, Will and Mary Jo Hornsby, and Michael IV, Kathryn and Virginia Brennan. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers, Stanley and Paul Sulak; and is also survived by her sister, Katherine Kyle; and brother and sister-in-law, Walter and Helen Sulak; and her beloved cousins, Rick and Suzanne Sulak.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 27, at St. Peter Catholic Church, 100 Francis St., Mary Esther, Fla., with Father Paul White officiating. Interment will be at Barrancas National Cemetery, Pensacola, Fla., at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Emerald Coast Hospice, 419A Racetrack Road, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547.
Davis-Watkins Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Published Online in Northwest Florida Daily News on Feb. 26, 2012