LILA QUAKENBUSH

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BROWNIE QUAKENBUSH Lila Edythe "Brownie" Quakenbush, 89, a resident of Palm City for over 35 years, passed peacefully on April 17, 2013 of natural causes. "Brownie," as she was known to everyone, lived a life of service and sharing. A volunteer at Martin Memorial Hospital for over 30 years, she was recently awarded a pin commemorating her contribution of 17,000 hours of service. Her duties at the hospital ranged from help in the ER and Wound Center to greeting visitors at the reception desk, to fundraising. She is remembered fondly for keeping spirits high among patients with the "smile cart" that she and her friend Roy Bishop rolled from patient's room to room, handing out good humor in the form of silly joke gifts like a tiny baggie containing a few Cheerios labeled "donut seeds." She also gave many tours of the hospital to countless children. Brownie Quakenbush was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut and was married to James Gurney Quakenbush for 56 years until his death in February 2003. She is survived by her daughter Nancy J. Burrows, her son James Gurney "Corky" Quakenbush, Jr., three grandchildren Brandi Burrows Beatty, Kylee Burrows, and Chloe Terese Quakenbush, and three great grandchildren, Karsin, Cooper, and Cole Beatty. She was preceded by her granddaughter, Ursula Quakenbush. Brownie Quakenbush was known in the Palm City/ Stuart area for a variety of informal voluntary activities that included baking and delivering batches of brownies to many fire stations all over Martin County on Holidays throughout the year. Her campaign to persuade Bath & Body Works to open a store locally saw her cutting the ribbon to the franchise which is still in operation in Jensen Beach. Services will be held on Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 1:00 pm at Palm City Presbyterian Church, 2700 SW Martin Hwy Palm City, FL 34990, (772) 286-9958. Paid Obituary

Published in the TC Palm from Apr. 20 to Apr. 21, 2013
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