Saturday, April 23, 2011

Ruth A. Owino

Ruth A. Owino was tragically taken from us on April 10th, 2011 in Orlando, Florida. Ruth was born in Gem Dudi in Siaya, Kenya, the daughter of Joseph Owino Oluoch and the late Frida Owino. She was employed as a hotel banquet server and attended New Destiny Church. Ruth leaves to cherish her memory, father Joseph Owino Oluouch of Kenya; son, Carlos Dorkpo of Orlando; daughter, Ashley Dorkpo of Orlando; son Norbert Nestor, Jr. of Orlando and stepson Benjamin Habarugira of Orlando. The family will be receiving friends for visitation on Friday, May 6th, 2011 from 4:00 - 8:00 pm at Dobbs Funeral Home. The funeral service will be held at New Destiny Church on Saturday, May 14th, 2011 at 10:00 am. Interment will follow the service at Woodlawn Memorial Park Cemetery.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Maria Elena Rose - Embajadora (Ambassador) of Orlando for Tarija, Bolivia

Maria Elena was a friend of the world. She was one of the first persons to immigrate to the United States 27 years ago, she carried the roots of her hometown throughout her existence. She had an incredible ability to communicate in many languages and her engaging personality allowed people from all walks of life to endear themselves to her. Whether in her early days as a classmate in the Liceo Tarija Class of 1972 or her early professional years working for Banco Nacional de Bolivia in La Paz, Bolivia, Maria Elena was devoted to her friends and family first and foremost. These lifelong relationships with friends were her source of strength and truly the most important aspect of her life that she focused on. Her adventurous spirit, passion and enthusiasm to travel the world landed her friendships on every continent.

She moved to Washington, D.C. in 1984 to attend school, bright-eyed and driven to start a new life in the United States. In spite o some initial language barriers, maria Elena was never deterred and quickly adapted to her surroundings with immediate life long friendships. She was driven, ambitious, and had a passion for the difficult things in life. Nothing was impossible for her. In 1985, she met the love of her life Craig Rose. They later moved close to Winchester, Virginia, where she gave birth to the two most precious gifts of her life, a son Andrew and later her daughter Stephanie, to whom she devoted the rest of her life. Maria Elena raised her family here and had a strong appreciation for the traditions and beauty of the historical Virginia and DC area.

While living in Virginia, she was one of only a handful of Hispanics within a 50 mile radius and although she was a minority in this rural part of Virginia her ability communicate in several languages quickly spread through the community. she was asked and quickly volunteered to translate for multiple organizations including hospitals, doctors, courts, aiding numerous local migrant workers and other agencies. It was always her desire to help others. She also worked professionally for FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) and assisted the agency in navigating through several disaster recovery efforts. Maria Elena had a strong desire to return to the south and the Rose family later moved to Orlando, Florida in 1999 as her husband received an employment opportunity with Disney. her warmth and generosity to friends and family allowed her to receive an unofficial key to the city from her native city of Tarija, and be given the title of "Ambassador of Orlando for Tarija, Bolivia". They knew it was a blessing to have a member from their homeland here. She took great joy in the sight of others enjoying life and never asked for anything in return. Maria Elena's generosity and friendship never discriminated - she was a friend to the rich, poor, powerful, and defenseless.

Her three year battle with cancer did not slow her down and would not define her. she acknowledged the disease, but never allowed it to divert her way of life. she carried on as normal, living her life to the fullest - attending the presidential inauguration of Barack Obama, cruising with her family, traveling to Bolivia where she was welcomed as a dignitary, she witnessed her daughter run in the Boston Marathon, and spent time with her son whom was launching a career and living in New York City. Her happiness was derived from the happiness of others. The philosophy she lived by and preached to her family was to consistently aim for success, fight adversity, and to acknowledge the hardships of others. She lived for other sand not for herself. Her priorities to the end were God, Family, Friends & LOVE. A saint to the end, she was reunited with the Holy Father on April 20, 2011, surrounded by her loving family She was the daughter of Elsa Marquez whom predeceases her, and is survived her father Raul Marquez of Tarija, Bolivia. She is also survived by her sisters Sylvia Feuda of Orlando, Gloria Marquez of Pompano Beach, her daughter Stephanie Rose, son Andrew Rose and husband Craig Rose from Orlando. The family will be receiving friends from 4 - 6 pm at the Daily Chapel of Holy Family Catholic Church on Monday, April 25, 2011. The funeral mass will be held on Tuesday, April 26th, 2010 at 10:30 am at Holy Family Catholic Church.

Frances Patricia Powers

A Lifelong resident to Central Florida, passed away April 19th, 2011 due to complications from a sudden heart attack. she spent her last days, hours and minutes surrounded by her family and friends. She passed away n the arms of her loving husband Timothy Powers, her son Christopher Powers, and her daughters Sarah Sharma and Kelly Powers, as well as her son-in-law Sandeep Sharma husband to Sarah. she was also the Proud grandmother to Jonah and Luke Powers; sons to Christopher and Christine Powers. Thankful that she is now at peace we will forever keep her in our hearts and know that as she was an angel to many in life, so she will be again in heaven. Pat was born November 08, 1950 in Leesburg, Florida to her father Agustus C. Hart and her mother Ruth S. Hart. She is survived by her sisters Kay Jonasen and Emilia Leggens. Pat was a nursing graduate of Orange Memorial Hospital and served as a Lieutenant in the United States Air force during the time of the Vietnam war. She was retired from the State of Florida's Health Department were she was employed as a registered nurse for over 30 years. She was also a volunteer for the St. Vincent DePaul's at St. Andrew's Church, where she assisted many of Orlando's poor and needy. she was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt, cousin, friend, faithful servant of God and a loving soul to all who knew her. A Public Vigil will be held on April 27th, 2011 from 1pm - 2pm at Dobbs Funeral Home in Orlando, FL. A requiem mass will follow at St. Andrew's Catholic Church Orlando, Fl. and her burial will be held at the Oakland Cemetery in Oakland, Florida.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Tina L. Kimbrough

Tina Lillie Kimbrough, age 48 of Virginia, passed away peacefully on March 10th, 2011 at Santara Norfolk General Hospital. Born on July 4th, 1962 in Bristol, Pennsylvania, Tina was educated in the Pennsburg School System and graduated from Butler High School in Huntsville, Alabama. Tina truly loved the Lord and was thankful for her church family at Prentis Park SDA Church of Portsmouth. She was preceded in death by her father, James E. Kimbrough, a sister Keara Greene; and uncle Robert Griffin, and her paternal and maternal grandparents.

Those left to cherish her memory are her parents, Elder Melvin and Elma Kimbrough-Greene of Suffolk; two brothers, Elliot Kimbrough and wife Caridad of Houston, TX and Jessie Kimbrough and wife Dana of VA Beach, VA; a sister Theresa Sankey and husband Ivan of Orlando, nephews, Elliott II, Brian, Marquise, and Justin, four nieces, Charmine, Tinal, Adraine, and Kyra, two grandnieces, and a host of other relatives and friends.

The family is especially grateful for the love and special care given to Tina by Dr. Mark A. East and his team; the hospital staff; the dialysis and transport units; and also for the love and joy given by her co-workers at Roses and K-Mart Dept. Stores.

A memorial service will be held at 3 PM Saturday, April 9, 2011 in Sturtevant Funeral Home, Portsmouth Blvd. Chapel.