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BEDFORD, MONA MARGARET  
MONA MARGARET BEDFORD, 69 AUBURNDALE - Mona Margaret Bedford (nee Manninger), 69, of Auburndale, FL, passed away peacefully on March 25, 2015, after a long battle with cancer. The daughter of the late Theodore 'Ted' Manninger and the late Rita (nee Stocks) Manninger, Mona was born on May 14, 1945, in Bridgewater, NS, Canada, and grew up in Blenheim, ON, Canada. Devoted wife to her husband of 48 years, Don Bedford of Auburndale; beloved mother of Valerie (Randy) Eastman of Port St John, FL, and Julie Bedford of Plainsboro, NJ; cherished grandmother ('Grammy') of Kevin Eastman of Gainesville, FL, and Kyle Eastman of Port St John, FL; Mona is also survived by aunts, Cynthia Flavell of Bath, ON, and Alexandra Heath of Napanee, ON; uncle, Frank (Marny) Manninger of Strathroy, ON; mother-in-law, Reta Bedford of Durham, ON; sisters & brothers in law, Wayne (Joyce) Bedford of Fingal, ON, June Harkness of London, ON, Cathy (Scott) Clark of Bayfield, ON, Larry (Kathy) Bedford of Durham, ON, and several cousins, nieces and nephews. After relocating to Florida in 1981 with her husband and daughters, Mona's dedication towards helping others lead her to pursue a career in nursing. She earned an Associate of Science degree in Nursing from Polk State College in 1983 and later earned a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of South Florida in 1995. Mona had a very successful career spanning over 20 years as a registered nurse with Winter Haven Hospital, specializing in the areas of cardiac care, occupational care and wellness. She received the prestigious DAISY Award in 2012 for excellence in the field of nursing. The family wishes to thank the excellent staff and caregivers at Lakeland Regional Medical Center, Watson Clinic and Good Shepherd Hospice. A celebration of Mona's life will be held at a future date to be announced. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Mona's memory to the American Cancer Society, the Humane Society in your area or to a charity of your choice.
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Published in Ledger from Mar. 29 to Mar. 30, 2015
BOLTON, EMILY F. - Auburndale  
EMILY F. BOLTON, 91 AUBURNDALE - Emily F. Bolton, 91, died Thursday, March 26, 2015, at Forsythe Hospice House in Auburndale. Emily was a retired crossing guard and coordinator for the Polk County sheriff's department. Emily was born September 28, 1923, in Granite City, Illinois to the late Barney and Nellie (Howland) Flippo. She married Clarence Bolton on June 23, 1941. He preceded her in death on June 29, 1983. She was a member of the Gateway Assembly of God Church in Auburndale. Emily is survived by 2 daughters, Janice (Robert) Novak of Auburndale, Florida and Linda (Donald) Vaughn of Granite City, Illinois; 8 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; 1 great-great grandchild; and sister, Ruth (Imogene) Talley. She was preceded in death by son, Gary Bolton; sister, Audrey Stone; and 2 brothers, William Flippo and Carl (Wayne) Flippo. Visitation will be Monday, March 30, 2015, from 1pm till 2pm at Weber & Rodney Funeral Home in Edwardsville, Illinois. Services will immediately follow at the funeral home. A private interment will follow at Valley View Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be given to Good Shepherd Hospice in Auburndale, Florida. Condolences may be expressed online at weberfuneralhome.com .
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Published in Ledger from Mar. 29 to Mar. 30, 2015
BRISTOL, JAMES ROBERT  
JAMES ROBERT BRISTOL, 57 LAKELAND - James Robert Bristol, 57, passed away 3/26/15. Survived by a loving family. Funeral arrangements made by Central Florida Casket Store & Funeral Chapel.
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Published in Ledger from Mar. 29 to Mar. 30, 2015
BROADRICK, ELSIE ODELLE  
ELSIE ODELLE BROADRICK, 84 BARTOW - Elsie Odelle Broadrick, 84, died 3/27/15. Survived by a loving family. Visit. 3/30, 6-8PM Whidden-McLean F. H. Svc. 3/31, 10AM at the funeral home.
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Published in Ledger from Mar. 29 to Mar. 30, 2015

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BROOKS, WYONA "ELIZABETH"  
WYONA 'ELIZABETH' BROOKS, 76 AUBURNDALE - Mrs. Wyona 'Elizabeth' Brooks, age 76, a resident of Auburndale, passed away Monday, March 23, 2015, at her home with her family. Mrs. Brooks was born October 4, 1938, in Greer, S.C., to John Paul and Edith Hortense Henderson Gentry. She was an Auburndale resident since 1967, coming from S.C. She graduated from Greer High School, Class of 1957, was a retired Para Professional for Polk County Schools and a member of Lena Vista Baptist Church in Auburndale. Elizabeth enjoyed drawing, painting, spending time with her family and being called 'Bidgie' by her grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and sister Barbara Ann Nunn. Elizabeth is survived by her loving family husband of 55 years Harold Brooks of Auburndale, 2 daughters Renee Bernie Kelly of Auburndale, Lori Linnis Feagle of Auburndale, brother Paul Robert Becky Gentry of Duncan, SC, 4 grandchildren Ashton Elizabeth Thomas, Austin Lee Thomas, Lindsey Renee Feagle & Lewis Sky Feagle. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Mrs. Brooks' name to Good Shepherd Hospice, 105 Arneson Ave., Auburndale, FL, 33823. Funeral services will be 11 00 AM Friday, March 27, 2015, at the Kersey Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Auburndale Memorial Park. Visitation will be held before services from 10 00 until 11 00 AM at the funeral home.
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Published in Ledger from Mar. 26 to Mar. 27, 2015
BROWN, RACHEL  
RACHEL BROWN, 78 Homemaker LAKELAND - Rachel Brown, 78, passed away on 3/19/15. Viewing Fri. 5-7pm. Svc. Sat. at 10am. All services will be held at Coney Chapel. Coney Funeral Home, Lakeland.
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Published in Ledger from Mar. 26 to Mar. 27, 2015

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BAILEY, LAURA "LOUISE"  
LAURA 'LOUISE' BAILEY, 82 LAKELAND - Laura 'Louise' Bailey, 82, passed away March 20, 2015. Mrs. Bailey was born in Billings, Montana, on Sept. 27, 1932. She moved to the Lakeland area 49 years ago from Granada Hills, CA. She was a former member and Sunday School teacher at Covenant Presbyterian Church. Mrs. Bailey enjoyed playing the piano, singing and truly loved to garden. Mrs. Bailey was preceded in death by her brother, James Yates; and son-in-law, Peter Farrington. She is survived by her husband, Allan T. Bailey; children, Cherryl A. Farrington, Kathleen L. (Rodney) Brown, Pamela J. (Jose) Cuellar, John T. (Connie) Bailey and Colleen L. (Pete) Kuhlmann; siblings, Henry (Sherrill) Yates, Richard (Glenda) Yates and Sharon (Hugh) Burnsed; sister-in-law, Jean Yates; grandchildren, Sean (Laura) Farrington, Ian (Kimberly) Farrington, Joshua (Jenny) Brown, Bryan Burbage, Jacob Brown, Jessica (Kevin) Kelso, Brittany (Keelan) Haworth, Heather Bailey, Shelbi Kuhlmann and Courtney Bailey; and 10 great- grandchildren. Visitation will be from 1-2 p.m. Thurs., March 26th at Victory Church - Chapel, with services to follow at 2 p.m. in the chapel. Interment will be in Oak Hill Burial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 601 South Florida Avenue, Suite 3, Lakeland, FL, 33801.
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Published in Ledger from Mar. 24 to Mar. 25, 2015
BARNUM, GAYLE  
GAYLE BARNUM, 85 LAKE WALES - Mrs. Gayle Barnum, 85, of Lake Wales, Florida died on Thursday, March 19, 2015, at her home. She was born on September 25, 1929, to Roy and Helen McMeeken in Port Huron, Michigan and moved to Lake Wales 42 years ago from St. Clair, Michigan. She was a retired registered nurse at Lake Wales Hospital with 30 years of service and was a graduate of Harper Hospital School of Nursing in Detroit. She volunteered for Bok Tower Gardens at the welcome desk for 27 years and was active at the Lake Wales Arts Center. Gayle is survived by her children, Michael G. Barnum and wife Maria of St. Clair, Donald R. Barnum of Sterling Heights, Michigan, Randy R. Barnum and Linda of Modesto, California, Brook J. Barnum of Richmond, California, Betsy Edwards and husband Roger of Babson Park, and Nancy Knox and husband Ken of Plantation; fifteen grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Glenn and a sister, Judith Nowak. Memorial services will be held at 2:30pm on Friday, March 27, 2015, at Bok Tower Gardens, in the Magnolia Room. Tower entry will begin at 1:45pm and guests are asked to tell the guard at the gate they are attending Gayle's memorial. Pastor Jeff Kantz will officiate. Memorials of remembrance may be made to Bok Tower Gardens, 1151 Tower Boulevard, Lake Wales, Florida 33853 or to Cornerstone Hospice 2590 Havendale Blvd. NW, Winter Haven, Florida 33881. (863)676-1431
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Published in Ledger from Mar. 22 to Mar. 23, 2015
BERGER, LENA ANN  
LENA ANN BERGER, 90 WELLINGTON - Lena Ann Berger, 90, graciously entered into the open arms of her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, March 17, 2015. Lena was born on October 31, 1924, in Waynesburg, OH, to the late Frank and Gennie Whitt-Toscono. She leaves memories to be cherished by her daughter, Laverne Pine and husband, Louis; grandson, Jonathan Pine and wife, Samantha; great-grandson, Zander and extended family members. Lena was a lady who made an impact on so many lives and will be dearly missed. Family will greet friends from 11AM - 12PM on Monday, March 23rd at the Palm Beach National Chapel in Lake Worth with a funeral service to follow at 12PM. Interment to take place at the South FL. National Cemetery. Condolences may be offered online at www.palmbeachnationalchapel.com .
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Published in Ledger from Mar. 22 to Mar. 23, 2015
BLACKMON, WILLIAM THOMAS  
WILLIAM THOMAS BLACKMON, 81 LAKELAND - William Blackmon died 3/18/15. Surv. by wife, Lucinda & his loving family. Graveside services were held 1pm on Mon. 3/23 at FL. Nat'l. Cem., Bushnell, FL.
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Published in Ledger from Mar. 24 to Mar. 25, 2015
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