Dovie “Cleo” Westberry, 90, of Arcadia, Fla., passed away Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, in Arcadia.
She was born April 25, 1923, in Nashville, Ga., moving to Nocatee, Fla., around 1926.
Cleo was a caregiver for many years and to many people. She also worked for the former G. Pierce Wood Memorial Hospital, and Sorrel’s Brothers’ Packing House as a fruit grader. Cleo graduated from DeSoto County High School in the Class of 1941. She enjoyed gardening, and spoiling her two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Cleo’s love for children was so great that she would not let a small child walk past her without giving them “a little something for their pocket.” She was a member of North Hillsborough Baptist Church in Arcadia.
Survivors include her daughter, Judy (John “Jacky”) Schaefer Sr. of Arcadia; two grandchildren, John (Jinny) Schaefer Jr. and Jodi Schaefer, all of Arcadia; two great-grandchildren; and one sister, Doris Beard of Nocatee. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Irvin Westberry; parents, Thomas Alsie Brown and Judy Irene (nee Drawdy) Brown; and two brothers, William Harold “Bill” Brown and Roy D. “Snake” Brown.
Visitation will be conducted from 9:30 a.m. until the graveside funeral services and burial at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Arcadia. The Rev. Ellis Cross will officiate. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to North Hillsborough Baptist Church, Building Fund, 416 N. Brevard Ave., Arcadia, FL 34266. Online condolences may be made at www.pongerkaysgrady.com.
Arrangements are by Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Arcadia.