GULF COAST WELSH SOCIETY
MEMORIALS
CRIMOND  THE 23RD PSALM
Performed by Rhos Orpheus Male Voice Choir
RAF Memorial
Oak Ridge Cemetery
Arcadia, FL
MEMORIAL ARCHIVES
(please click on link to view memorial)
Russell Williams
Richard Patram
Ernie Rees, Avanwy Adams, Alice Griffiths
"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
FRED WARD
We were saddened to hear of the passing of Fred.  He was a faithful member of our Society for many years and
was renowned for his beautiful drawings and poetry, the latter earning him the title Poet Laureate for our
Society.

Fred had suffered with ill-health for many years but still kept a keen interest in our Society.

He will be greatly missed by each and every one of us and we send our sincere condolences to his family.
Mary Marceil Roberts, 95, of Bradenton, Florida, formerly of Lima, passed away, April 23, 2013.  She was born July 17, 1917 to
William Harold Leatherman and Mary Mae Wolfe in Spencerville. Mary married Robert Reese Roberts on March 1, 1941 and was
a wife and homemaker.

During her career, Mary was executive director of Children Services, Lima.  She served on the board of Child Welfare in Ohio as
well as the Childrens Home board. She served on their board of elections. She was a member of the Republican Party and
president of the PTA.  She worked for Westinghouse Electric and the United States Census.  Marceil was a Realtor for Laibe
Real Estate and worked as a paralegal.

Academically, Marceil attended DePauw University,the Ohio State University and Ohio Northern University. She graduated from
Lima High School in 1935, where she served as reunion chairwoman. Marceil also attended Decatur High School, Decatur, Ind.
She was the Beta Theta Pi Ohio University Mother of the Year. Her memberships and duties included the Order of Eastern Star,
Trinity Methodist Church, Circle Units Bible school teacher, Spartan Mother Club, Sorosis Club, Business Professional Women’s
Club, YWCA Christian Women’s Club, Allen County Senior Services, Westside Swim & Racquet Club, Springbrook Dance Club,
Lima Memorial Hospital Volunteer Auxiliary, Welsh Society of Northwest Ohio, and Cub Scout pack leader and den mother. She
enjoyed playing cards, playing bridge for 70 years, golfing, bowling, fishing, boating, crafts, ballroom dancing, listening to
barbershop music and band concerts. Marceil wintered in Bradenton, Fla., at Manatee Raintree Condominiums since 1977. She
attended Trinity Methodist Church, H2U Senior Center, was a member of the Renaissance on 9th Senior Center, Blake Medical
Center Stroke Support Club, St. Pete Welsh Society and Sarasota Welsh Society, and served as chairwoman of Lima Day Picnic.
She took audit courses at State College of Florida.

Mary is survived by three sons Rex William Roberts, Todd Jay Roberts and Brett Owen (Mary) Roberts, grandchildren Jon and
Jacob (Amy) Roberts; great-granddaughters Ava Olivia and Alexandra of Connecticut and Naples, Florida and brother-in-law,
Fred Butler.

Marceil is preceded in death by husband, Robert Reese Roberts, sister Wanda Butler and nephews, Robert and James Butler.
A family service will be held in Lima at a later date. There will be no Florida services.

Arrangements were by Covell Funeral Home, Bradenton, Florida.
Frederick Alan Ward was born July 2nd, 1920 and passed away January 15, 2013.  Fred was married for over 55 years to his
beloved wife Muriel who passed away in 1998. He is survived by son Alun, and daughters Joyce and Joan, four grandchildren
and seven great grandchildren.  

Fred was born in London and lived in Wales until emigrating first to Canada and then to the USA.  Fred was an engineer in the
steel industry and worked throughout the world as a senior executive in a number of steel companies and heavy equipment
manufacturers.  Fred was a creative inventor with many patents to his name.  

He was incredibly creative with both words and with his drawings and paintings.  Fred loved his adopted Welsh heritage and
loved participating with Welsh born Muriel, in the activities of the Welsh Society.  His gift of a college education for all of his
great grandchildren will be long remembered as part of his legacy.
Muriel and Fred Ward
Centre:  Muriel & Fred Ward at
St David's Day Banquet
Mary Marceil Roberts (Marci)
We recently received notice of the passing of Marci Roberts.  She had
been a member of our Society as well as the St Pete Society for very
many years.  

She was a lovely lady who honoured us with her presence at Society
events for as long as her health made it possible. Our thoughts and
prayers go to her family as this time.
Marci with her son Todd at the
St Pete St David's Day Banquet
2012
Mary Jane (Llewellyn) Gracely, age 88, passed peacefully in her sleep on December 30, 2013 in Sarasota, Florida.  Mary Jane was
the loving wife of the late William H Gracely, whom she married on October 14, 1950.  She was born to James and Daisy (Donithen)
Llewellyn in Marion, Ohio.  She graduated in 1943 as the valedictorian of her Marion-Harding High School senior class.  She
continued her education at Flora Stone Mather-Western Reserve in Cleveland, Ohio where she graduated in 1947 with a bachelor
degree in teaching.

Mary Jane and Bill moved (pioneered) to Naples, Florida in 1958.  Bill became the eighth practicing attorney at law in Naples.  Mary
Jane was a long-time member of Trinity by the Cove Episcopal Church and served Christ in many capacities through the years.  She
loved playing and teaching Mahjong with her many friends in both Naples and Sarasota.  She was an excellent cook and loved to
bake and share her famous crumb cake and Penuche iced cup cakes during the holidays and for family celebrations.

Mary Jane lived her life with joy, grace and love for her Savior. She joins Bill and their daughter Sarah who preceded her.  Mary
Jane's life continues on through the love of her surviving children, Hoke (Paula) Gracely of Houston, Texas; David (Lori) Gracely of
Cary, Illinois and Harriett Hritz of Sarasota, Florida.  She is also survived by seven grandchildren, Jessica (Eric) Kuffel, Jason (Amy)
Gracely, Sarah (Will) Benson, Kevin Hritz, Joseph Gracely, Thomas Hritz and Janie Hritz as well as seven great-grandchildren, Blake,
Brooke, Kyle, Grace, Avery, Laila and Brady.  Each of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren has a custom Christmas
stocking with their name on it, sewn lovingly for them by ‘GiGi’.

A Memorial Service and her life celebration will be held on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 4 pm at St. Boniface Episcopal Church on
Siesta Key.  Interment service and celebration will be held Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 2 pm at Naples Memorial Gardens Chapel.  
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society/Leukemia Research in Mary Jane's honor.

Courtesy of the Herald Tribune and published from January 8 to January 9, 2014
Mary Jane Gracely:
December 30, 2013
Joan attended our Society at the very beginning, in the early years.  She lived for many years on Siesta Key and worked in the
nursing profession.

She was of English descent but, like Don Hughes, would have loved to be able to learn the Welsh Language.  Like many of our
members, she was a great ambassador for Wales as she had nursed there in her younger days.

For many years she returned to Wales on her vacations and would spend the whole week at the National Eisteddfod.  She loved
music.
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She retired to live in Abergele where she remained for many years before moving to live in her old area of Altrincham to be near her
family.  

Joan passed away on October 24, 2013 aged 99 years.  She will be remembered fondly by many members of our Society and we
offer our sincere condolences to her family and friends on both sides of the Atlantic.
Joan March
Formerly of Revere, Jane peacefully passed away at home in Venice, FL, on November 2, 2013.
She is survived by her devoted husband, David, her loving son Sean and his wife Karen of Brookline,
MA, her loving daughter Karen and her husband Alan Jones of Spotsylvania, VA, and her
grandchildren Taylor Lynn-Jones, Kyle Jones, and Reese Jones. She is also survived by many cousins
in the Greater Boston area and beyond, as well as numerous friends in the United States and Great
Britain.

She was the daughter of the late James and Margaret (Chisholm) McMullen and was born in Winthrop
in 1939. She graduated from Simmons College and received a master's degree from Bloomsburg State
College in Pennsylvania.

Before retiring to Venice, Jane lived in Wales (Great Britain), California, Kansas, Pennsylvania,
Georgia, and Maryland. She worked for the Boston publisher Allyn and Bacon, the Psychology
Department of Mills College, Oakland, CA, and was senior technology associate in the Technology
Transfer Office of NASA's Center for AeroSpace Information.

In Venice, she volunteered at the public library, was active in the local branch of the American
Association of University Women, and enthusiastically participated in Zumba, Mahjong, and bridge.
She loved to travel, and visited China, New Zealand, France, Italy, Norway, Switzerland, and Great
Britain in recent years. She often joined her children and grandchildren for family vacations in New
Hampshire and elsewhere. Shortly before her death, she visited the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at
Universal Studios, Orlando. She refused to let medical concerns prevent her from enjoying the final
months of her life, declaring, "I'm perfectly healthy, I just have this terrible cancer."

A private memorial and celebration of Jane's life will be held at a later date.   In lieu of flowers,
donations in her memory may be made to "Save the Birthdays", the American Cancer Society , 30
Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701 or www.cancer.org.

Published in The Boston Globe on Nov. 10, 2013 - See more at:
http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/bostonglobe/obituary.aspx?pid=167896938#sthash.qqxdKU2r.dpuf
Jane E Lynn-Jones
David and Jane Lynn-Jones
A delightful couple and Jane, such a lady, will be
absolutely missed in our Society.  Our thoughts
are with David and their family at this time.