Monday, October 14, 2013

Hendry-Glades Obituaries

Thelma Elizabeth Sirmans Auman, 91, died in Glen Burnie, Maryland, October 14, 2013. She was the granddaughter of John Hamilton and Mary Ellen Pettus Magill, Hendry County, Florida pioneers.

Thelma was born in Batson,Texas August 29, 1922, to Scranton “Doc” Sirmans and Sybil Mary Magill and was the niece of Mattie Thomas. She was the wife of Robert Luther Auman and mother of Kathryn Auman (George) Epple, David Auman (Cynthia) and Joy Ellen Auman who, predeceased her.

Thelma graduated from LaBelle High School, Florida State Women’s College (FSU) with a degree in biology and earned her teaching certificate from Towson University. She taught school at Glen Burnie Elementary and Van Bokkelen Elementary School near Ft. Meade, FL. .

Later in life, she volunteered at BWMC Auxiliary, and Anne Arundel County Free School, the oldest school in Anne Arundel County. Thelma was also a member of the Anne Arundel Retired School Personnel Association in which she was a member of their chorus and was a photographer for their newsletter. She enjoyed, travel, photography, computers, history, music and playing the piano.

Thelma is further survived by her sister Alma (Bob) Sheppard of Demopolis, Alabama, and cousins, Dr.Wilbur Thomas of Vila Rica, GA, Michael L Thomas (Janet) of Orlando, Patricia Thomas Reeves and Jessica (Randy) Hines of Tampa, Terry Menges Hamilton Wollin (Indian Rocks Beach, FL,) and Donald Browne, Labelle .

Graveside services will be on October 18, 1PM at Meadowridge Memorial Park,7250 Washington Blvd. Elkridge, MD.

Richard H. "Dick" Gibson, age 60, passed away at home in Alva, Florida, October 10, 2013, from cancer. He was born August 27, 1953 in Youngstown, Ohio. He was the son of Bob and Cynthia Gibson.

Dick grew up in Bowling Green and was a graduate of BGHS, class of 1971, where he played football and baseball. He attended Ball State Univ. where he played football. Dick managed a family-owned business on Sanibel Island for many years, later was a farm manager of a cattle ranch in Ocala, then moved back to Ft. Myers working as a carpenter.

Gibby was an outdoorsman who loved hunting and fishing. He will be remembered as a kind and caring person who was always there to help someone in need. He faced his illness in the same manner he faced life - with a strong determination to overcome the challenge and an incredible faith in God.

He is survived by his wife, Marcia (Amos) Gibson; children Jessie and Tanner; parents Robert and Cynthia Gibson of Ft. Myers; brothers Doug Gibson St. Augustine, Fl, and Dave Gibson, Ft. Myers, Fl.

A memorial service and celebration of life will be held November 2nd at 11:00 a.m. at Countryside Wesleyan Church, 17750 Palm Beach Blvd., Alva, FL 33920.

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