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Patsy Ann Kurth

1941 - 2011 Obituary Condolences

Former Florida State Senator Patsy Ann Kurth died peacefully early Wednesday morning, April 27, 2011 at the Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne.

Patsy, who represented Brevard, Indian River and St. Lucie counties from 1990 to 2000, suffered a stroke last week and never regained consciousness.

Patsy was preceded in death by her husband, Alan Fredrick Kurth, and her eldest daughter, Dawn Ann. She is survived by her daughters, Wendy Kurth Silver of New York, Martha Kurth Harbin of Tallahassee, and Sara Kurth Diaz of Malabar; and her grandchildren, Colette Rose Silver, Serena Dawn Silver, Foster Pierce Harbin IV, Martha Agnes Harbin, Victoria Lee Harbin, and Lucas Alan Diaz.

Patsy was born February 2, 1941 in Washington, MO, and moved with Al to Florida in 1960. She was a successful commercial Realtor before entering public service in 1990 when she ran for the Florida Senate.

Patsy was a leader in the Senate on issues impacting the most vulnerable in society, serving as Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Human Services and passing legislation that included creation of the Florida Healthy Families program and the Protect Wild Dolphins license plate to support the work of the Harbor Branch Marine Institute in Fort Pierce.

She suffered a debilitating stroke in 2005 that left her completely paralyzed on her left side. Despite her challenges, she maintained her sense of humor, her interest in local and national politics and her involvement in the Pairs and Spares Sunday School Class at the First Methodist Church of Melbourne.

Services are scheduled for Saturday, April 30, at 11 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 110 East New Haven Avenue, Melbourne.

Patsy's request is that donations in her memory be made to Promise Inc., a planned housing complex for individuals with special needs. Contributions may be made through its website at or mailed to PO Box 100024, Palm Bay, FL 32910-0024.

Arrangements by South Brevard Funeral Home, Melbourne, 724-2222.

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Published in FLORIDA TODAY from Apr. 28 to Apr. 30, 2011
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