Nova “Elizabeth” Tramel, 90, passed away Monday, Dec. 9, 2013, in her home in Punta Gorda, Fla.
Elizabeth was born July 4, 1923, to Duke Bowden and Eliza Ruth (nee Hancock) Bowden in Mayfield, Ky.
She is a graduate of Mayfield High School. Elizabeth married Preston Young Tramel of Westmoreland, Tenn., on May 19, 1943. After Preston returned from Europe and was discharged from the U.S. Army, he and Elizabeth moved to Sarasota, Fla., to make their home and raise their family. She and Preston had two children and lived happily in the same home for over 50 years. As a widow she moved to Punta Gorda in December 1999 to live with her daughter and son-in-law.
Elizabeth was a Christian, and she attended Fruitville Church of Christ, South Trail Church of Christ and Peace River Church of Christ. She was devoted to God and took great comfort in the teachings in the Bible. Whether you knew her as Mom, Sister, Elizabeth, Aunt Liz, Nova or Grannie, she was devoted to her family, friends and the Lord.
Elizabeth is survived by a large immediate family who will miss her dearly, including her daughter, Laura Marguerite Tramel (James) Allen of Punta Gorda; daughter-in-law, Bonnie Cole Tramel of Sarasota; grandchildren, Timothy (Cori) Tramel of Venice, Fla., Lisa (Aaron) Boyette of Bradenton, Fla., Richard Allen and Scotty (Tammy) Allen of Punta Gorda, and Eric Allen and Shane (Carrie) Allen of Port Charlotte, Fla.; great-grandchildren, Chris Yancey and Rachel Tramel of Venice, Avery Boyette, Prestyn Boyette and Wyatt Boyette of Bradenton, Justin Allen, Tyler Allen, Brandon Allen, Dakota Allen and Cheyenne Allen of Punta Gorda, and Shalynne Allen of Port Charlotte; sisters, Dorothy Jean Sims of Mayfield, Ky., and Clara Josephine Miron of Columbus, Ohio; and a large extended family of nieces and nephews across the country, and very special friends in both Sarasota and Punta Gorda. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Preston; her son, Terry Young Tramel; and her brother, Donald Bowden.
A viewing will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today, Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, at Toale Brothers Funeral Home, 40 N. Orange Ave., Sarasota. The funeral will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, at South Trail Church of Christ, 5601 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Elizabeth’s favored organizations if you wish: Florida Bible Camp, P.O. Box 9, High Springs, FL 32655; or Mount Dora Children’s Home and Bible School, 301 W. 13th St., Mount Dora, FL 32757.