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Shirley Ann (Polly) Kelley Howell

  Born June 22, 1943 in Coffee County, Ala., Shirley Ann (Polly) Kelley Howell went to her heavenly home Jan. 9, 2014 at Gainesville, Fla., following a brief illness. She is of Christian faith. Polly was a resident of Alachua County since moving from St. Petersburg 47 years ago.

Polly was a humble, feisty, fun-loving lady who was devoted to caring for countless nieces, nephews, grandchildren and children - related or not- who called her Mom, Nana, Big Nana or Aunt Polly. She was a band, rodeo and FFA mom for many years. She loved the outdoors and spent many summers on camping trips with family and friends. She was a beautiful woman who enjoyed doing crafts, listening to Conway Twitty, watching John Wayne movies, playing cards with her grandsons and watching baseball or other new-to-her activities. She had an awesome sense of humor and enjoyed making people smile.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Reba Inez Creech Kelley and John Robert Kelley; her devoted husband of 44 years, William E. Howell; four siblings and her grandson, Timothy Allen Parrish.

She is survived by two sons: John E. (Kay) Howell, High Springs; Jackie L. (Kim) Howell, Keystone Heights; one daughter, Judy Howell-Parrish, Ft. White; five brothers, James Kelley, Avon Park; John Kelley, Sebring; Jim Kelley, Lorton, Va.; Donnie Kelley, Avon Park; LeRoy Kelley, Frostproof; Billy Kelley, Perry and three sisters, Melba McCarty, Auburndale; and Angela Lineberger and Sue Gibson, Polk City. She is also survived by eight grandchildren: Sandy Parrish Richter, Terry (Boogie) Parrish, Ben Parrish, Kirstian Moates, Tommy Parrish; Casey, William and Caleb Howell, 19 great grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family received friends at Evans-Carter Funeral Home, 220 North Main Street, High Springs, Florida, from 3 – 5 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 12. Services were conducted at 11 a.m., Monday, Jan. 13 at the First United Methodist Church of High Springs (17405 NW U.S. Highway 441) with Brother Chuck Weber officiating. Interment was at the High Springs Cemetery immediately following the service.

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Isabella Jessie Aglio

August 2, 1932-November 18, 2013

Our heavenly father opened his arms and welcomed an angel on a fall Monday morning. Our beloved crystal blue eyed Bella, “Our Mama.” Compassionate mother, grandmother, sister, daughter, aunt and friend. Loved and adored by all who knew her. A remarkable, gentle selfless spirit, she shared her love of music with her beautiful voice as well as her cooking, baking, sewing and needlework skills, passing them down to the generations to follow.

Born in Manhattan, N.Y., one of nine children to immigrants from Italy, Albert and Antoinette Trapani, she is survived by her twin brother Vincent Trapani. She was devoted to her seven children, Dominick Agilo, Providenza Simpson, Patrina Terry, Antoinette Hunt, Peter Aglio, Jr., Susan Stakes and John Aglio. She resided in Florida for over 30 years after moving from Long Island, N.Y. She opened her arms to her sons-in-law Randy Hunt, Donald Terry, Joseph Simpson and Steve Stakes.

She was also a loving grandmother to Travis Simpson, Dan and Heather Tavares, Steven and Melissa Shedd, Charles Terry, Clayton and Cyndi Hunt, Joseph and Bianca Stakes and James and Lisa Center and great grandmother to Jennifer and Emilia Tavares, Isabella Simpson, Rylee Shedd, Jackie Marinovich, James, Micheal, Anthony, and Dominick Center.

We will miss you dearly, Mama. Your beautiful face, warm smile, voice, strength, and undeniable love of family. We will always treasure our memories with you. Our shining star, now soaring with the butterflies you so dearly loved; we will always follow. Engraved in our hearts forever. Rest in peace our beautiful Bella “our Mama” until the day that we’re together once more.

A celebration of life will take place in spring 2014. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her memory to: Haven Hospice (E.T. York) Care Center, 4200 NW 90th Blvd., Gainesville, FL 32606; 352-379-6210;

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Mary Lucy McKinney



Mary Lucy McKinney, 82, of Newberry, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013 at UF Health in Gainesville. Mary was born in Newberry, Fla., to Simon and Daisy Hodge and spent most of her life there. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother.

She is survived by nine children; Deborah (Emil) Hodge, Eugene McKenzie, Vicky (Mitchell) Bryant, Carol Colson, Brenda Harris, Jack McKenzie, Gary (Angie) McKenzie, Dee Dee (Joey) Baker and Sara (John) Montgomery, 18 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren, and two great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by husbands, Jack McKenzie and Harry McKinney. She was a member of American Legion Auxiliary Post 149 since 1948. Lucy was known and loved by many people in Newberry. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Dec. 24 at Union Baptist Church

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Cecilia Ann O’Steen Sumner

Cecilia Sumner passed away on Jan. 3, 2014 at North Florida Regional Medical Center. She was born in Jacksonville, Fla., on July 20, 1941. She grew up in Greenville, Fla. She is survived by three daughters, Susan Emerson and husband, Greg; Marsha Barnard and husband, Tom; Melinda New and husband, Mike; grandchildren, Emily Presnell and husband, Trey; Hannah Emerson, Sumner Barnard, Cooper Barnard, Jackson Ramer, Justin Ramer, and Hollie New. She was preceded in death by her husband of 37 years, Bill Sumner, her mother and father, Lewis and Lorena O’Steen, and her brother, Dennis O’Steen.

She worked for more than 30 years in financial services. Cecilia and her husband Bill raised their three girls in Gainesville, Fla. In 1985 a job promotion took them to Roswell, Ga. They moved back to Florida after retirement in 1997 and settled in High Springs. She was very active in her church, First Baptist Church of High Springs. Mostly, Cecilia will be remembered as a doting mother and grandmother that enjoyed time with her family above all else. She will be greatly missed by family and friends.

Funeral service was held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 6, 2014 at First Baptist Church of High Springs with her nephew Pastor Paul O’Steen officiating. Interment followed at High Springs Cemetery. The family received friends from 3 – 5 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014 at Evans-Carter Funeral Home.

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David Venson Hollingsworth

David Venson Hollingsworth, 73, of High Springs, Fla., died Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014 at the E.T. York Hospice Care Center.

Mr. Hollingsworth was born in Chiefland, Fla., to the late Ezra Venson and Mae Green Hollingsworth and moved to High Springs from Ft. White, Fla., in 1950.

He loved playing poker, fishing and hunting with his many friends.

He is survived by his wife, Carole Deal Hollingsworth of High Springs; sister, Linda H. Sodek of Gainesville, Fla., brothers Gene (Sheila) Hollingsworth and Jerry (Sandra) Hollingsworth of High Springs; and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be held Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014 at 2 p.m. at Evans-Carter Funeral Home, 220 N. Main Street, High Springs, FL 32643.

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