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Ocala - Patricia Louise Bieger Garlits, wife of Legendary Drag Racer, "Big Daddy" Don Garlits for nearly 61 years, left this world and went over to the other side to spend eternity with Jesus Christ, this afternoon, February 2nd, at 5:53 p.m..

Patricia was born March 27th, 1934 in Covington, Kentucky, to Richard and Vivian Bieger. She had been suffering for many years, from a terminal disease. She passed away quietly at home with her husband; two daughters, GayLyn Capitano and Donna Garlits; her sister Sharon Keppel; and granddaughter Anna Capitano at her side, along with her two little Yorkshire Terriers, Bonnie and Belle. We had Glenn Miller playing in the background, as that was her favorite "Big Band".

Patricia is survived by her husband Donald Glenn Garlits; two daughters GayLyn Capitano and Donna Louise Garlits; her son-in-law Gregory Ernest Capitano; her five grandchildren Kirsten Capitano Watley, Rodney Donald Garlits, Sarah Lyn Smith, Benjamin Gregory Capitano, and Anna Elizabeth Capitano; one great-grandchild Braden Alexander-James Garlits; a sister Sharon Faye Keppel; a nephew Charles Joseph Keppel Jr.; and a niece; Sandra Lee Toner; a brother-in-law Edward Lawrence Garlits; and nephews Edward Lawrence Garlits Jr. and William Dale Garlits; as well as great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins.

Arrangements have been made and a Memorial Service will be held at Grace Presbyterian Church on Saturday, February 8th at 2:00pm, located at 2255 SE 38th St., Ocala, FL, 34480, reception to follow in the Fellowship Hall.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to World Vision in Pat's honor. She loved and supported this organization for over 34 years, taking care of the impoverished children of the world. You can call (888) 511-6519 and give the code# 105429636 to make the donation in Pat's name.

Published in Gainesville Sun from Feb. 5 to Feb. 6, 2014
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