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Gladys Vonceil Azab, known to all simply as Boots — beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, Life Master of duplicate bridge, and friend to so many — died November 21, 2012, in Pensacola, Florida, from injuries sustained in a devastating car accident. She was 85.
Born April 11, 1927, in Pensacola, Boots enlisted in the US Marine Corps as a teenager in World War II following the death in combat of her brother, Odes, with the permission of her mother, Myrtle Lee Kosh. She served honorably in WWII, and then returned to the Pensacola area, where she met a handsome naval lieutenant commander and combat veteran 10 years her senior, John C. Azab, and married him in 1946. They traveled the world together with their three daughters and were stationed in Navy bases in the US, Puerto Rico and Spain before returning to Pensacola in 1967 to build their dream home together in Seaglades. Her cherished John passed away in 1998.
Boots played regularly at the Pensacola Duplicate Bridge Club. She loved her family, her dogs, her stunning view of the Grand Lagoon, watching the news, a good bargain, and home-cooked meals.
She is survived by her three daughters, Linda Azab Powell, Pat Azab, and Kathy Azab; her grandchildren Bonnie Azab Powell, Brittany Powell, John Terrezza, Brigid Ridge, Megan Ridge, and Liam Ridge; the newest apple of her eye, great-granddaughter Jinx Nagel; and the current and former partners of her children, Michael Powell, Vilma Longoria, Brendan Ridge, and Gene Terrezza. She will be mourned by countless longtime friends, neighbors, and bridge partners.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be sent in Boots' name to the Pensacola Humane Society, http://humanesocietyofpensacola.org, 850-432-4250.
Oak Lawn Funeral Home will have details on the funeral service (850) 453-2321 to be held at Barrancas National Cemetery.
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Published in Pensacola News Journal on Nov. 24, 2012