Patricia Jean Lohr passed peacefully on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, at the age of 82. She was born May 29, 1931.
She was the loving mother of daughters Karen (Larry) Bullen, Diana (Norb) Geiss, Beverly (Frank) Fly, Judith (Clark) Varner and Rebecca (Dwayne) Mugiishi. She had 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by husbands Lloyd Lohr (2006) and Larry Merrill (2012); and daughter Deborah Merrill (1977).
Jean spent her early years in Colorado and lived in Ohio and California as an adult before moving to Venice, Fla., in 2011.
She had a calling to work with children and did so as an elementary and preschool teacher, Girl Scout leader and Sunday School and Vacation Bible School teacher. During her career, she taught in San Bernardino, Calif., Gahanna, Ohio, and Hesperia, Calif.
Her more recent activities included volunteering as an AARP tax aide and serving as a Village On The Isle ambassador and worship service coordinator.
Jean cherished her family and time with them above all else. Also, she found great enjoyment in daily meetings with friends, homemaking and assisting others in need. Devoted to her family and friends, Jean showed others how to live their faith, leaving her mark on many through her kind deeds.
Services: A Celebration of Life and Memorial Service will be held Friday, Nov. 15, at Village On The Isle, Renaissance Room, 930 South Tamiami Trail, Venice, Fla. A private committal service will be held at a later date at the National Cemetery in Riverside, Calif.
Contributions: In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made in her name to Village On The Isle Memorial Fund, 920 South Tamiami Trail, Venice FL 34285; Tidewell Hospice, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238; or Venice Presbyterian Church, 111 E. Firenze Ave., Venice FL 34285).