Una Pearl Napier
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 80s 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 received friends for visitation on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, at the Calvary Baptist Church. A funeral service followed. Una was 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.
Ruth Maxine Wiens
Ruth Maxine Wiens, 94, of Arcadia, FL passed away on Nov. 2, 2017.
A celebration of her life was held on Tuesday, Nov. 7 at the Trinity United Methodist Church, Arcadia, FL 34266 with Pastor Louie Mabrey officiating. A reception at the church followed.
R. Maxine Turner Wiens was born in Carthage, Missouri, on February 25, 1923 to Herman G. and Katie V. Turner. She married Henry Alfred Wiens on February 10, 1954, and shortly thereafter moved to Columbus, Ohio, where they raised their two sons, Michael and Garry. In 1984, Maxine and Al retired and moved their residence to Arcadia Village in Arcadia, Florida where they spent most of their winters. Their summers were spent traveling through all of North America in their motor coach with many of their friends.
Maxine had a varied career that spanned several decades. During WWII she worked for Boeing Aircraft in Wichita, KS as a riveter on airplane wings. After the war she worked for Montgomery Ward for 17 years as a credit manager and as a credit manager trainer. Maxine then took several years off from her career to raise her two sons before going back to work for AEP from where she retired in 1984 as a litigation representative.
Maxine’s enjoyment in life came from laughter, her family, her daughters-in-law Sheila and Linda, and especially her five grandchildren. In her 90s she was blessed to become the great grandmother of six. She was a skilled golfer with two holes-in-one to her credit and an avid card player.
Maxine was preceded in death by her mother and father, and sisters Aniece, Evelyn and Helen.
Maxine is survived by her husband, Henry Alfred Wiens, brother Victor (Viola) Turner, her sons and daughters-in-law Michael and Linda Wiens and Garry and Sheila Wiens, grandchildren Dennis and Elise (Wiens) Sullivan, Ryan and Katie Wiens, Luke and Lauren (Wiens) Johnson, Tyler and Kelsey (Wiens) Johnson and Corry and Lauren Wiens, and great-grandchildren Jackson Sullivan, Elynn Johnson, Arya and Saoirse Johnson and Judah and Everett Wiens.
The family requests that any memorials be made to the Trinity United Methodist Church in lieu of flowers.
The family of Maxine wishes to extend their sincere thanks to Dr. Wael Alokeh, the staff at DeSoto Memorial Hospital and Tidewell Hospice. The family also wants to thank all of Maxine and Al’s friends who have touched their lives deeply and become one of our extended family as well.
Harry “Smiley” Drew Dedeaux
Harry “Smiley” Drew Dedeaux was born Dec. 7, 1955, in Gulf Port, Mississippi, to his parents Otis and Helen (McPherson) Dedeaux. He passed away on Nov. 3, 2017, in Arcadia, Florida.
Harry was a fun-loving gentleman who loved working, fishing and hunting.
He is survived by his fiancé Gail “Shorty” Coker; children Jeremy Dedeaux, Joey Lederhouse, Deborah Woolverton, and Heather Marchbanks; four grandchildren — Kendra Dedeaux, Tiffany Lederhouse, Bubba Lederhouse and Madison Lederhouse; great-grandson Isaiah Lederhouse; brothers Jerry and Aaron Dedeaux; sister Mary Howe; and many extended family and friends who will miss him dearly. Harry is preceded in death by his parents and his favorite aunt Iona.
The family will receive friends for visitation on Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, from noon-2 p.m. A funeral service will commence at 2 p.m. at the Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Home, 50 N. Hillsborough Ave., Arcadia, Fla.
Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Home has been entrusted with cremation arrangements. Please visit www.pongerkaysgrady.com to leave a condolence for his family.