Patricia “Pat” Dopler of Babson Park, Fla., passed away Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, at her home in Palatka, Fla.
Patricia was born in Ohio, but spent most of her adult life in Florida. She considered herself a Floridian. She was a fiercely independent woman who had many roles through her life. She was a homemaker, a restaurant owner and a citrus grower. She was an advocate of civic duty and volunteered with many organizations, including: PTA, Welcome Wagon and Scouts, just to name a few. She was a self-proclaimed Luddite and never saw much use for computers, air conditioners or dishwashers. At the urging of her children, she finally agreed to a cellular phone in 2008, but didn’t always answer it. She was passionate about conservation and could often be heard saying, “I was reducing, reusing and recycling before it was chic to do so.” She was known for wearing her long dark hair in a ponytail well into her seventies. She was unconventional, sharp tongued, and a true original. She will never be forgotten.
Survivors include her son, David Dopler of Babson Park; daughters, Kathrey Gibbs of Wheatfield, Ind., and Ellen Jaworski of San Francisco, Calif.; five siblings; nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard F. Dopler; son, Shad Dopler; and daughter, Beth Dopler Ohlinger.
Patricia left explicit instructions foregoing a funeral or ceremony of any kind. Her family intends to honor her last wish. The family wishes to thank the communities of Babson Park, Lake Wales and Palatka for embracing Pat and offering so much kindness, concern, love and support through the years. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Pat’s honor to Defenders of Crooked Lake, P.O. Box 191, Babson Park, FL 33827.