GULF COAST WELSH SOCIETY
MEMORIAL ARCHIVES
CRIMOND  THE 23RD PSALM
Performed by Rhos Orpheus Male Voice Choir
RAF Memorial
Oak Ridge Cemetery
Arcadia, FL
Russell Williams
Richard Patram
Ernie Rees, Avanwy Adams, Alice Griffiths
Jane Lynn-Jones, Joan March, Mary Jane
Gracely, Marci Roberts, Fred Ward
Dr William John (Jack) Lewis
"When you are sorrowful, look again in your heart and you shall see that, in
truth, you are weeping for that which has been your delight".

Kahlil Gibran (The Prophet)
If you know of a loved one who should be
included on this page, please let us know
We also remember:
Evan John & Gwenneth Powell
Lynwen Coleman (aged 48 years)
Dorothy Luecker Fell
Neville John Yeo
Jade Emanuel (aged 18 years)
Gras ein Harglwydd Iesu Grist, a
chariad Duw,
A chymdeithas yr Yspryd Glan,
A fyddo gyda chwi oll, byth bythoedd.
Amen
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ,
and the love of God, and the
communion of the Holy Spirit be with
you all, evermore.
Amen
Please address all
correspondence to:
PO Box 19343
Gulf Gate Post Office
Sarasota, FL 34276
or e-mail:
sarasotawelsh@yahoo.com
MEMORIAL ARCHIVES
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October 29, 1942 - April 30, 2014
Barbara Jane Rhodes
Barbara and Richard taking registrations as our Treasurers
at the Society's Annual Picnic, November 5, 2006
Barbara had three daughters, Elizabeth (Tony), Cynthia (Scott) and Susan
(deceased in 1974).  Early in their lives she was a stay-at-home mom and became
a bookkeeper and business owner as the girls grew older.  Barbara hated the cold
Illinois weather, so eventually moved to sunny Sarasota in 1982 and she never
looked back!  She married her best friend and love of her life, Richard, on March 9,
1985.  This was the start of a wonderful adventure and true happiness for both
Richard and her.  This also introduced four stepsons to her life, Tom (Cindy), Tim
(Cheryl), Dan (Katherine) and David (Berina) and, as time went on, four
step-grandchildren, Hannah, Rachel, Natalia and Ernie.  Barbara became the Nana
to four beautiful granddaughters, Cherie (Quin), Sarah, Danielle and Jacqueline.  
She quit her job and became a stay-at-home Nana when her oldest granddaughter,
Cherie, had to come and live with Rich and her for six months during the first Gulf
War while Cherie's Mom and Dad were stationed in Izmir, Turkey.  Later she
became the full-time caregiver for Cherie and Sarah after their parents left the
military and moved to Florida.  She was so proud of all four of her grandchildren
and their many accomplishments, including college and college graduation.  
Barbara was blessed to see her oldst granddaughter marry and she became a
great-grandmother to Trey, Greyson and Case - all boys, a first for Barbara.  She
has two nephews as well, Chris and Tom (Debbie).
Throughout her life Barbara actively served her home churches of Hebron, Little
Home Church, St. Andrews UCC and Northminster Presbyterian.  These were her
homes away from home where she made many, many wonderful friends.
Barbara was an amazing wife, mother, sister Nana and friend to so many.  She will
be missed by all, but finally home with her youngest daughter Susan and our
Saviour Jesus Christ.  There is no better ending than to be with our Risen Lord.  
Amen.

Text taken from Barbara's Memorial Service, May 10, 2014
Barbara loved college football, especially the Florida State Seminoles.  Rich and
she would have quite the Saturday afternoons rooting for opposite teams - Gators
vs. Noles!  Barbara also loved to read, play games and travel.  She was blessed to
have traveled to many parts of the world, including Europe, Africa, Asia and South
America with Rich and her good friends Kay and Rick, making new friends along the
way.  Rich and Barbara just finished a two week cruise to the southern Caribbean
where they wined, dined and had an early celebration in honor of their upcoming
30th wedding anniversary.
Barbara Jane was born on October 29, 1942 to Francis and Dilys Perry in Chicago,
Illinois.  She was their first child.  She later became the big sister to Robert (Mae)
and doted on him throughout their lives (with the occasional sisterly punch).  
Barbara went to Illinois State University after high school to study elementary
education.  It was here that she met her life-long friend Kay Thorson (Rick) and
they had several fun adventures together before Barbara settled down and got
married.
J Rodger Lewis, aged 77 years, passed away on February 21, 2014 in Sebring, Florida.  He was
born on November 30, 1936, in Wilkes-Barre, PA to the late William E and Eva (Hettinger) Lewis.
He was a member of the Warren Lodge 240 F&AM, Valley of Scranton Consistory and Irem
Temple Shrine-Wilkes-Barre.  He earned a Bachelor’s degree from Wilkes University and a
Master’s degree from Lehigh University.  He was employed as Superintendent of Schools for
Montrose Area School District.  He had been a resident of Sebring since 2003, coming from
Montrose, PA.  He attended the Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Avon Park where his wife
is the choir director.

He is survived by his wife Susan Lewis, daughter Lynne Ziss (Jon) of West Chester, PA, son
William R. Lewis (Deborah) of Montrose, PA and grandchildren: Alexandra, Nichole, Matthew and
Christopher Lewis and Garrett Ziss. There was a memorial service on Monday, February 24,
2014, at 11:00 am at Stephenson-Nelson Funeral Home in Sebring, Florida with Father Nicholas
McLoughlin and W. Mike Adams officiating.  A reception was held immediately following the
service.  In lieu of flowers the family has requested memorial donations in his memory to The
American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma, OK, 73123-1718 or www.cancer.org.
November 30, 1936 -
February 21, 2014
J RODGER LEWIS