Esther Reid, 88, of Bradenton, passed from this world Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014.
Esther was born June 11, 1925, in Carbondale, Ill. to Lloyd and Edith Blessing. She married Vernon Reid and the family moved to Anna Maria in 1957. She was an excellent dressmaker and seamstress, working at the Jarvis shop in Bradenton for 35 years. She excelled in cooking, gardening and tennis. She enjoyed volunteering at Anna Maria Elementary, Salvation Army, amateur theatres and her beloved Roser Church on Anna Maria. She loved music, the theatre, her family and her many friends.
She was predeceased by her parents, her husband, Vernon, and siblings Lloyd Blessing and Mary Boros, both of Carbondale. Remembering her life are children Susan Reid Gilliland (Don), Terry Reid (Kimberly), Sally Reid Odenthal (Tom); grandchildren Sarah and Tim Gilliland, Anna Odenthal Snyder (Kevin), Mark Odenthal and Mirielle Reid; three great grandchildren (Noah, Tanner and Katherine); and other family and friends.
Donations may be made in her memory to Roser Church, Anna Maria or Salvation Army. A service will be held at a later date.
Evelyn T Garant
On Aug. 22, 2013, the angels took “Evie “ to be with her beloved husband of 65 years, Raymond (pre-deceased).
Evelyn was born in Windsor, Ontario, and her greatest passion was her family. She lived in Bradenton Beach for more than 20 years. Evie and Ray were avid dancers and enjoyed spending time with family and friends, both in Florida and Michigan, always near the waters edge.
She was a member of the Moose Lodge No. 2188 in Bradenton Beach and the American Legion. She was a parishioner at St. Bernard Catholic Church, Holmes Beach.
She is survived by daughters Lynn (Ron), Laurie (Doug), Luanne and Lana (Chris ); six grandchildren; Julie, Raymond, Samantha, Brittany, Andrew and Bradley.
A celebration of her life will be held at St. Bernard Catholic Church, Holmes Beach, on Saturday March 15, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. Mass. In Evie’s honor please wear pink.