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Mary Patronis

August 16, 1929 — December 12, 2013


Mary Frances Patronis is peacefully home with her loved ones, father John N. Patronis, Sr. & mother Vergil Marie Patronis. Sister Kathleen Newman Davis, Aunt Minnie Meinscher Willis. Grandmother Jennie Cox Meinscher all predeceased. She was lovingly brought into the world on August 16,1929 and departed in the same manner on December 12, 2013.

The Funeral Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, December 16, 2012 at First Baptist Church Quincy (Chapel) with a private family interment at Hillcrest Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 4 to 6:00 p.m. Sunday, December 15, 2013 at Faith Funeral Home in Havana (850.539.4300 or

Mary Frances was a life long member of First Baptist Church of Quincy where she was born and raised. She graduated from Gadsden High School in 1947. She was employed by the Leaf Theatre and American Sumatra Tobacco Co. until 1957 when she was employed by the State of Florida Insurance Department as a Data Entry Supervisor from 1957 to 1990. She retired after 33 years to be caretaker for her mother and her Aunt Minnie (Mother's Sister). She was a very generous advocate for all animals, but particularly dogs and cats with her time and financial support. There wasn't a stray cat or dog that was not adopted by Mary.

In addition to her love for animals and a natural Greek love of food, Mary had a devoted passion and love for the Opera, classical movies (particularly before 1950). She had a phenomenal ability to recall to this date of the names of stars, producers, directors, musical composers and movie premiers. Her favorite opera was Verdi La Traviata.

She was the most sweetest, loving and generous Aunt to all her nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews.

As Will Rogers said: "a stranger was a friend she hadn't met yet". She gave of herself willing in time of need and joy. Her most precious attribute was a big sweet smile along with a "Hey Doll".

She is survived by: Her loving brother John N.Patronis, Jr. and loving sister in law Anne Patronis of Havana. Along with all her loving nieces and nephews: David Newman of Havana; Joe Newman (Rachel) of Thomasville, Ga; Belinda (Sissie) Lovelace (Frank) of Tallahassee, Fl; Suellen Dickeson (Larry) of Bainbridge, Ga; Lydia Barrineau (Tommy) of Bainbridge, Ga; Sabrina McMillan (Bill) of Quincy, Fl; Joanie Patronis (Johnny) of Panama City, Fl; John Patronis III (Shawn) of Destin, Fl; Michael Patronis (Elena) of Del Rio, Tx; Justin Harris (Lori) of Tallahassee, Fl; Clint Harris (Mellisa) of Havana, Fl.
Many Grand nieces and nephews and Great Grand nieces and nephews.

Mary's family is most endearing and appreciative of the unending loving care provided by Pat Atkinson her daughter Tammie Donaldson, Janet Reed and the staff of Big Bend Hospice.

Memorial contributions maybe made to the Gadsden County Humane Society P.O. Box 1268 Havana, FL. 32333 or Big Bend Hospice 1723 Mahan Center Blvd, Tallahassee, FL. 32308

Funeral Service

Monday December 16, 2013, 2:00 p.m. at Quincy First Baptist Church
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Sunday December 15, 2013, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. at Faith Funeral Home Chapel
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