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Ada Louise Horan

Zephyrhills, Florida

Sep 4, 1952 – Jun 6, 2020 (Age 67)


September 4, 1952
June 6, 2020
Zephyrhills, Florida


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Hodges Family Funeral Home - Zephyrhills Obituary

Ada Louise Vathy Horan, Beloved Wife, Aunt and Godmother has returned to her maker on June 6th 2020. A longtime resident of Zephyrhills, FL. she was born to Michael and Florine Cole Vathy in Buffalo, NY in 1952. Ada graduated from Sweethome HS in Buffalo. She began her college education in 1970 as a Spanish major at SUNY in Oswego where she met her future husband Robert Horan and was married in 1972 and had to endure the separations of being a Navy wife. In search of new frontiers and a better way of life Ada and Robert relocated to Florida in 1977. Having worked for Niagara Mohawk Power Corp. in NYS Ada became employed by the Tampa Electric Company. She earned her Associate and Bachelor’s Degrees in Business Administration, Summa cum Laude, at Saint Leo University. She yearned to join the teaching profession. Ada returned to college earning her Master’s Degree in Library Science at USF with high honors and fulfilled her dream by becoming a School Librarian in Hillsborough County. She started at Bing Elementary, moved on to Turkey Creek Middle School, then Plant City High School and finished her career at Armwood High School. She loved working with the student’s and participated as a sponsor in the Poetry Jam program. She was named Hillsborough County Teacher of the Year for the 1998-99 school year. Ada was an avid needle worker and quilter. She enjoyed swimming, gardening, travel, learning about other cultures and their history. In addition to her family she was blessed with having a number of longtime friends both socially and professionally. A funeral Mass will be conducted at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Zephyrhills FL. Instead of flowers a donation to the Alzheimer’s association or Hospice might be considered. Funeral Mass will be Saturday June 20th, 2020 at  9:30 AM. Burial to follow. (Private)

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I met Ada in Shorthand Class at Sweet Home High School and became friends. I will always remember her happy outgoing and friendly personality. My condolences to her husband Bob and family.

I’m very sad to hear this news. I’m sorry that I’m so late to find out. I was friends with Ada in later elementary school. I can still hear her mom calling her to the phone, “Ada Louise!” My condolences to all of you.

Our deepest sympathy to Bob and their family. Ada was precious, kind, thoughtful, vivacious, always so positive/optimistic, willing to help, a great media specialist/teacher and dear, dear friend. She and Bob have been part of our 35+ year Dinner Group. We miss her sweet presence. She has always been 'Aunt Ada' to my daughter, Lindsey. Ada made her a beautiful memory quilt and a t-shirt quilt which are treasured keepsakes. We dearly loved Ada and miss her so much!

I was so sorry to hear of Ada's passing. I had the privilege to work with Ada many years ago at
Tampa Electric. She was always willing to work hard while remaining so pleasant. I am sure she
will be missed by many and particularly her husband Bob. Even then she spoke of him with love.

With deepest sympathy. Gail Bigica

Ada was so sweet, kind and vivacious. She has been missed by the dinner group. Perhaps she and John are together laughing about their Turkey Creek days. We all certainly miss her infectious personality that made her a truly great lady. Once again my condolences Bobart.

Miss Ada was one of the two best media specialists I worked with in Hillsborough County. Her concern about the students was always front and center. She provided incredible service to the teachers in making sure we had what we needed. She was creative, caring, very energetic and it was a joy to work with her. I know will be greatly missed by her family. I am among the thousands of people she impacted throughout her educational career and am thankful for having known and worked with her....

My thoughts and prayers to you all! I'm so sorry for your loss!

I gotta My & Consoles goes too her Family ..
I would never forget my 4 year At AHS waling into the Hawk's Library. Just see her Her Greet me & my class & teacher when we walk in she Always. Had Beautiful nice smile. & Make Sure We had A good book & help us also. & Was nice Lady. I know God couldn't wait on her too be his Library staff in Haven God wrap your arms Around her family God bless

I knew Ada from the time I was Bob's academic advisor for his undergraduate degree program at Oswego, NY. My wife, Nan, and I have loving memories of Ada that we will always treasure and will miss that bubbling personality and infectious smile. We are blessed to have had her as a friend. Our deepest sympathy goes out to Bob and the family.