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Berniece C. Gablik

Berniece C. Gablik, age 94, of Tallahassee, Florida, passed away on February 26th. She was a resident of Broadview Assisted Living, 2110 Fleischmann Road.

She was born on July 18, 1919 in Hesston, LaPorte County, Indiana, to Clyde Ernest and Agnes

Lucretia Gridley. She was the oldest of three children.

She moved to Tallahassee, Florida in 1942. She was formerly active as a volunteer at the Tallahassee

Junior Museum for many years, giving pony cart rides, among other activities there. She was a member of the old Trot-a-way Club on St. Augustine Road, involved in many of their horse shows.

She was an accomplished rider from western style to dressage, riding in many of Tallahassee's parades.

In her senior years, she enjoyed travel, covering a good portion of the United States, and Canada by herself. She was a well-known figure at the Senior Center, and became a known water color artist in

Tallahassee, with paintings judged in the LeMoyne Gallery, also in Thomasville shows, and many of her paintings are hanging locally in private and professional areas today. She also took up Ballroom

Dancing, and kept the dance activities going at the Senior Center for eight years, offering square dance, line dance, disco, and ballroom music.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her two sisters, Joyce Gridley Dobbs, and Joan Gridley Miller of Indiana, and two husbands, W. Frank Fordham and Stephen Gablik of Tallahassee.

Survivors include her daughter, Nancy Raysbrook (Fred) of Steinhatchee, FL; sons William "Bill"

Fordham (Susan) of Tallahassee, and John Fordham (Rachelle) of Ozark, AL; eight grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren, and one great, great grandchild.

Arrangements will be handled by Culley's MeadowWood Funeral Home and her remains will be cremated, and scattered according to her wishes. A private service will be held by personal family members only. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the

Published in Tallahassee Democrat on Mar. 2, 2014
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