White, Marie, passed away at home on July 14, 2008 after a long illness. She was the widow of Stanley John White and was predeceased by her sisters, Joan Clare Bonney (Date of Death November 22, 2007) and Jeanne Vellia and her parents, Gertrude and Roy Vellia. She is survived by her nieces and nephews, Jeanne Bonney, Laurie Bushey, Robert Bonney and James Bonney and their children, Conor, Christopher and Cormac, Tyler, Ryley and Dylan, Erica and Kerry and Sierra and Alex. Marie was originally (and proudly) from Brooklyn, New York, having first come to Florida in 1952. She and her husband, Stanley, bought their Lauderdale-by-the-Sea home in 1965, where she retired fulltime to in 1982 after 38 years at McGraw Hill Publishing Company. Marie considered it a privilege to be a resident of Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, "The Prettiest Little Town in America" and devoted the past 26 years to the LBTS community. She considered it an honor to reside here and to be part of the town. She faithfully attended town council meetings and during this past year when she was too ill to leave her home, she watched them on television. She was a tireless and enthusiastic volunteer in LBTS and at Holy Cross Hospital. Whatever the event, Marie was a dynamic presence, particularly if it involved children. She always volunteered at the Town's Easter Egg Hunt, Halloween Party, Fourth of July Parade and for everything LBTS. Among her many volunteer activities, she was the founder of the Marie White Santa's Coming to Town Party, which is now an annual event, she patrolled every Friday night with the LBTS Citizens On Patrol, was a member of the Kiwanas Club and a supporter of the LBTS Volunteer Fire Department, to name just a few organizations. In 2003, The Town of Lauderdale-by-the-Sea dedicated the beach portal at EL Mar and Palm Avenue to Stanley and Marie White in honor of their years of service to the Town. Marie loved the portal and spent many hours sitting on its bench as she enjoyed her beloved beach. Marie was a diehard fan of The Village Grille in LBTS, considering it "her" restaurant and home away from home, especially on Friday nights. Her idea of a home cooked meal was a grilled cheese sandwich or a chicken parmigiana from "The Grille." The family will recieve friends in the funeral home Friday, July 18th. from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. with a prayer service at 6:15 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, July 19th. at 10:00 a.m. in Assumption Catholic Church, 2001 South Ocean Drive, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, FL with interment at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery. Arrangments by Baird Case Jordan Fannin Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 4343 North Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308 (954) 492-4000. Donations in memory of Marie White, in lieu of flowers may be sent to the Lauderdale-by-the-Sea Volunteer Fire Department, 229 Commercial Blvd., Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, FL 33308, the Town of Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, 4501 Ocean Drive Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, FL 33308, or to Holy Cross Hospital, 4725 North Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308.
Published in Sun-Sentinel from Jul. 17 to Jul. 18, 2008.