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Lavinia Touchton
Blount & Curry Funeral Home - Macdill Chapel
Tampa, FL
TOUCHTON, Lavinia Lee Witt age 79, died peacefully at home, surrounded by her loving family, on Friday, August 27, 2021, after a long battle with Alzheimer's Disease. Lee was born in Tampa on January 3, 1942, to native Tampans Currie Butler Witt and Ellen Lavinia Sparkman Witt. After attending public schools in Tampa and graduating from Plant High School in 1959, she attended Randolph-Macon Woman's College and graduated from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill in 1963. On January 18, 1964, she married John Thomas Touchton of Dade City, Florida to whom she was married for 57 years until her death. In addition to Tommy, Lee is survived by their daughter Lavinia Hannon Touchton (and her partner Jeff Adberg) of Seattle, son John Thomas Touchton, Jr. (and his wife Susan Lem Touchton) of Tampa, and grandchildren John Winston "Jack" Touchton, Catherine Ellen Touchton and Ryan Thomas Touchton of Tampa and Christopher Touchton Schroeppel of Seattle. Lee was a sixth-generation Floridian whose family came to this state in the 1820s, and one of her great-grandfathers, Stephen M. Sparkman, was the first U.S. Congressman from this part of Florida, beginning in 1895. Her pride in her family's long-standing connection to this community instilled in her a deep sense of service and civic duty, and she used her many talents to make Tampa a better place. Lee had many interests - photography, fashion, her many pets, hot air ballooning, decorating and travel, especially to exotic locations - but her most important priority was being a devoted wife and mother, a partner and cheerleader for her husband and children, and an attentive, thoughtful and loyal friend. She was admired and appreciated for her warm and friendly demeanor, her sense of humor, and her kind and courteous treatment of everyone with whom she came in contact. Lee was a consummate hostess - her creativity, style, meticulous planning, and playfulness combined with her elegance, grace, and easy charm to make her friends and guests comfortable and her parties memorable. In recent years, Lee partnered with her husband to lead the formation of the Tampa Bay History Center, where she was a member of its first Board of Trustees and the founder of the Currie B. and Lavinia Sparkman Witt Research Center in the Touchton Map Library. Lee also served many other local organizations as a board member, including WEDU, the Tampa General Hospital Foundation, Tampa Preparatory School, Lowry Park Zoo, and Town and Gown at the University of South Florida. She was a former Queen of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla and, at the time of her death, was a Sustaining Member of The Junior League of Tampa and a member of Founders Garden Circle. She remained a member of St. John's Episcopal Church while joining her husband and her son and his family in attending Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church. Lee's family is deeply grateful for the love and care she received from her caregivers Tipsy Andrews, Tracy Levy, Stephanie Prince and Fernanda Duncan. Due to Covid, a funeral will be limited to immediate family members only. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a memorial contribution may do so to the Tampa Bay History Center (801 Water St, Tampa, FL 33602) or to a charity of one's own choosing.
Published by Tampa Bay Times from Sep. 1 to Sep. 5, 2021.
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I am so sorry to hear of Lee's passing. She was a very kind and graceful lady. I am so happy to have known her. My heart goes out to her entire family. Please accept my very deepest condolences.
Barbara A Kraus
October 20, 2021
May all your beautiful and precious memories of Lavinia fill your hearts, and pray God gives you comfort, peace and strength.
Jo H.
September 2, 2021
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