Una Pearl Napier, 94, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017, in Port Charlotte, Florida.
Una was born on May 30, 1923, in Wayne, West Virginia, to William Mitchell and Ona (Spence) Stone.
Una and Okie came to Homestead, Florida from West Virginia and began their entrepreneurial adventures, eventually settling in Plantation Key, Florida, where Una was a beautician and had her own beauty salon. In the evenings she did the bookkeeping for Okie’s businesses, always making sure she balanced to the penny.
In 1975, they retired to Arcadia, Florida, to realize Okie’s dream of owning cattle on a farm. Una loved Arcadia because when she walked down Main Street the men tipped their hat at her. They developed many friendships over the years and found a home in Calvary Baptist Church. In her 80’s she was even volunteering her time to listen to children recite their Bible verses.
She was the epitome of hospitality, because she never knew when Okie would invite someone over for a meal or to just visit. Anyone who knew them, knew of their love for each other and their family. The matriarch of her family, Una was always ready to cook for any holiday, or just because. Their doors were always open to anyone in need.
Una loved sewing, crocheting, and quilting. She even tried things like oil painting, cake decorating and flower arranging. She was good at anything she did, and shared those skills with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She loved being outdoors, whether it was planting flowers, gardening vegetables or mowing her yard. She will truly be missed by her family and all those who loved her. She was a living example of a Proverbs 31 woman.
Una is survived by her daughter, Barbara Putman of Arcadia; granddaughters, Marie (Jose) Sanchez of Arcadia, Teresa Conerly of Arcadia, Michele (Dirk) VanTilborg of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and Leslie Sue (Darrell) Melton of Boynton Beach, Florida; grandsons, William “Bill” (Melanie) Conerly of Bradenton, Florida and Kirt B. Putman of Fort Lauderdale; great-grandchildren, Scott Stevens Jr., Garrett Stevens, LeeAnne (Ryan) Maassen, Logan Stevens, Lakota Stevens, Jamie Moriarty, Emma Conerly, Sean Conerly and April Conerly; two great-great-grandchildren, Renee and Tre Stevens; a niece, Sherry (Gene) Miraldi; and many extended family and friends who will miss her dearly. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Okie Napier; her oldest daughter, Verdella Conerly; son-in-law, Fred Conerly; and sister, Ula “Mickey” Andrasko.
The family will receive friends for visitation from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, at the Calvary Baptist Church, 1509 E. Oak St., Arcadia. A funeral service will follow beginning at 2 p.m. Una will be laid to rest beside her late husband, Okie Napier, at Oak Ridge Cemetery following the service.
In lieu of flowers, you can make donations to Calvary Baptist Church Children’s Ministry. Please visit www.pongerkaysgrady.com to leave a condolence to her family.
Arrangments are by Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Home.