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Updated: 02/20/2014 08:00:05AM

Marie W. Hemphill

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Marie W. Hemphill, 81, of Punta Gorda, Fla., passed away Friday, Feb. 14, 2014.

She was born Dec. 13, 1932, in Philadelphia, Pa.

Marie, a USO Hostess in Philadelphia, met and married Dean while he was in the Navy. Marie and Dean moved to Punta Gorda in 1994 from Wilmington, Del., and split their time between Punta Gorda and Buttonwood Beach, Md., until becoming full-time Florida residents in 2008. She was a proud Red Cross Volunteer for over a decade, and she enjoyed making jewelry, crocheting and crafts. Marie was friend to almost everyone she met, and was loved by many.

Marie is greatly missed by her husband of 58 years, Dean; daughter, Diane Adams of Punta Gorda; and son, Dean (Cindy) Hemphill of Dallas, Texas.

A Memorial Service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, at Ponce de Leon Park in Punta Gorda. The service will be outdoors; lawn chairs are welcome. There will be a gathering at the family home following the service. Donations to Tidewell Hospice Inc. would be greatly appreciated.

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