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Date of Issue: April 13, 2006

Obituaries

Shirley Ruth Garner

Shirley Ruth Garner, 77, of Cortez, died March 29.

Visitation was April 3 and services April 4. Brown and Sons Funeral Home, 43rd Street Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by son Allen; brother Donald Stevens; and two grandchildren.

 

Ralph E. Shackett

Ralph E. Shackett, 65, of Holmes Beach, died March 29.

Born in Suncook, N.H., Mr. Shackett grew up in Bristol, N.H. He served as selectman and was a member of the planning board and budget committee in Bristol, and later as state representative for the Newfound area. He was an educator and coach in Wiscassett, Maine, and at Bristol High School. He was owner of Shackett's Store in Bristol. He was an honorary member of the Bristol Rotary Club. He was a past member of the New Hampton Board of Trustees, the Laconia Hospital Board of Directors, and director at the former Bristol Bank. He was a member of the board of directors for the Associated Growers of New England. He was a communicant of St. Timothy Church in Bristol and St. Bernard Catholic Church, Holmes Beach.

A gathering of friends will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 6, at Griffith-Cline Funeral Home, Island Chapel, 6000 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Memorial contributions may be made to Camp Mayhew, P.O. Box 120, Bristol NH, or to the Ralph Shackett Scholarship, care of The New Hampton School, 70 Main St., New Hampton NH 03256.

He is survived by daughter Jennifer Berry of New Hampton; sons Jeff and Jon, both of Bristol; sister Shirley Gilbert of Manchester; brother Charles of Laconia; and six grandchildren.

 

Doris I. Spencer

Doris I. Spencer, 72, of Bradenton and formerly Anna Maria Island, died April 2.

Born in Ruggles Township, Ohio, Mrs. Spencer moved to the Island in 1959. She was involved in the Anna Maria Elementary School and the Anna Maria Island Community Center. She worked in the restaurant business for more than 40 years, including at Pattigeorge's on Longboat Key. She was a member of TOPS, and served as its president.

Memorial services were April 4. Memorial contributions may be made to Tidewell Hospice and Palliative Care, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238, or the American Cancer Society, 600 U.S. 301 Blvd. W., Suite 136, Bradenton FL 34205. Shannon Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by husband of 51 years Ballard C. Jr.; daughters Emily C. and Debra of Bradenton; and brothers David L. Motter of Shiloh, Ohio, Stanley D. Motter of Ashland, Ohio, and John D. Motter of Peace Dale, R.I.

 

Betty Jane Steel

Betty Jane Steel, 81, of Bradenton, died March 31.

Mrs. Steel was born in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 5, at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria City. Kicliter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

 

James 'Marty' L. Stone

James "Marty" L. Stone, 70, of Holmes Beach and Bradenton, died Feb. 19.

Mr. Stone was born in Rossville, Ga., and moved to Bradenton from Lookout Mountain, Tenn., in 1998. He was an international businessman, world traveler and president of PA Industries. He appreciated good food and fine dining.

Memorial services were held on Lookout Mountain March 18.

He is survived by wife Jean; sons Jamie and Kevin; daughter Pam; brother William G.; niece Patti Marifjeren and Steve LeCroy; and four grandchildren.

 

Barbara A. Wright

Barbara A. Wright, 91, of Bradenton, died March 25.

Ms. Wright owned and operated a photography studio for many years. She was a member of St. Bernard Catholic Church, Holmes Beach.

Graveside services will be private. Mansion Memorial Funeral Home, Ellenton, is in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by brother Steve and sisters Helen and Josie.

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