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Mildred Howe, 77 of Starke, dies

Mildred Thrift Howe, 77, of Starke died October 22, 2011 at E. T. York Hospice Center in Gainesville. She was born in Taylor on February 14, 1934 to the late Spencer Thrift and Betty Combs Thrift.

Mildred was born and raised in Baker County and moved to Bradford County in 1967. She retired from Dr. Patray’s Office in Keystone Heights after over 20 years of dedicated work as a receptionist.

Mrs. Howe was a member of the First Baptist Church of Starke and enjoyed reading and listening to gospel and country music. She also enjoyed traveling and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Mildred was preceded in death by her husband of 18 years, Rev. Lloyd Thomas Howe, and daughter Karen Hunsinger.

Survivors include sons Mike (Michelle) Howe of Wake Forrest, NC and Kevin (Donna) Howe of Starke; sister Evelyn (Joe) Barber of Macclenny; grandchildren Allan Hunsinger, Nick Howe, Jonathan Howe, and Jordan Howe; great grandchildren Hayley Burke and Taylor Hunsinger.

The funeral service was held Wednesday, October 26 at 11 am at Archie Tanner Funeral Services in Starke with Reverend Robert Dennison officiating. Interment followed at Woodlawn Cemetery.

June Brown, 69, dies October 11

June Brown, 68, of Macclenny died October 11, 2011.

She was born in Jacksonville to the late Junior Lee Burnsed and Roasnell Rhoden Burnsed on May 28, 1943. She was a resident of Baker County since 1971 after moving from Bryceville, and a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church. June was a loving wife, mother and sister. She loved spending time with her family and was an avid sports fan. She loved watching her son play sports and loved the Atlanta Braves. She enjoyed bowling, and baking cakes.

Survivors include her loving husband of 49 years William Brown of Macclenny; son Michael Brown of Fernandina Beach; daughter Kelly (Roland) Alford of Macclenny; sisters Nell Collins of Bryceville, Melva (Lanier) Maddox of Daytona Beach, and Robbie (Mike) Parrish of St. Augustine; grandchildren Jessica, Devin and Kasey Alford, all of Macclenny.

The funeral service was held Friday, October 14 at 11:00 am at her church with Pastor Mike Ramondetta officiating. Interment followed at Oak Grove Cemetery in Macclenny. V. Todd Ferreira Funeral Services was in charge of arrangements.

Irene Maxwell, 94, of Baker County

Irene Louise Maxwell, 94, died October 16, 2011 in Macclenny with her family by her side.

She was born on May 16, 1917 in Auburn, Indiana and moved in 1959 to Jacksonville where she resided until 2007. She was a resident of Baker County with her son until the time of her death.

Irene will be remembered as a loving wife, mother and grandmother who loved to play Yahtzee and shop at Wal-Mart. She touched the lives of many and will be greatly missed by all who loved and knew her. She was predeceased by her loving husband Harlan D. Maxwell.

Survivors include sons Ronald (Judy) Maxwell and Richard (Cathy) Maxwell; daughter Patricia Maxwell Bryant; many grandchildren, great-grandchild­ren and other loving family members and friends. The family will receive friends at the funeral home prior to the service from 9:15-9:45 on Thursday morning.

A graveside service for her will be held at 10 am Thursday, October 20 at Jacksonville Memory Gardens Cemetery with Brother Johnny Raulerson officiating. Jacksonville Memory Gardens Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Lura Richardson of Glen St. Mary

Lura Drulene (Ging) Luke Richardson, 65, of Glen St.

Mary died Saturday, October 15, 2001 at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Jacksonville after an extended illness. She was born in Lake Alfred and lived in Union and Baker Counties most of her life. She attended Union County High School.

Mrs. Richardson was the daughter of the late Drew and Edith Luke and was preceded in death by brother Earl Luke. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, and grandmother who always put her family first. She was always in the kitchen cooking. She loved her children and grandchildren dearly and was always a giving and caring person who would do anything for anybody. She was a member of Evangel Temple Church in Jacksonville.

Survivors include her loving husband of 49 years Benny Franklin, daughter Rhonda (Pea­­­nut) Davis of Middleburg; son Franklin (Debbie) Richardson of Glen St. Mary; brothers and sister Roy Luke and Mary Taylor, both of Jacksonville and Gary Luke of Lake Butler; grandchildren Lavaughn Morris, Melissa Davis, Brent Davis, Benny Richardson, Christopher Richardson, Amber Richardson and  Kaomi Cruce.

The funeral service was held Tuesday October 18 at 11 am in the Chapel of Archer Funeral Home of Lake Butler with Rev. Jim Cox officiating. Burial followed in South Prong Cemetery.

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