Obituaries

St. Lucie County, Florida

GRIMM, Wanda 

 Wanda Grimm Phipps (1935 – 2008) lived almost all her life in her beloved Woodbine, where she was born, in the vicinity of the Old Reavistown community near Galax, Virginia. Her two children, George McGlaschen and Alita Phillips Panzer, were also born and raised at Woodbine in the shadow of her family’s burial ground on the remnants of the old Preston and Sarah Osborne (her grandparents’) farm. Wanda was a woman made happy by the simple pleasures in life. She was never more at home than in her springtime garden among award-winning poppies. There, she could enjoy the pastoral scene of the Meadow Creek valley with its surrounding wooded hills. Life for Wanda was never easy as circumstances left her with few resources. However, she always made the best of it, finding happiness in her garden and her many pets. She was a woman who enjoyed music and the arts, a dancer at heart. She loved classic films and long, slow rides on the many backroads in the beautiful hills of this region. She lived to see her two grandchildren, Olivia Page (‘00) and Rachael Leigh (‘03), given to her by her daughter Alita and her husband Erik Panzer. The family spent many happy hours at Woodbine in the cool shade of her favorite catalpa tree. Under its limbs Olivia and Rachael enjoyed a rope swing, as their mother, Alita, had in her childhood. Wanda’s close friend and companion,  Linda Isom, gave her great comfort throughout the last 30 years of her life. The two had grown particularly close in her final year as her mobility became increasingly impaired. On the day she died, Wanda had set out a drink and opened the front door for Linda in anticipation of the arrival of her dear friend. After the preparation, she sat down in her favorite easy chair, and that is how Linda found her when she walked through the open door that morning. Wanda was known as a character to her friends and family, a person whose pleasant eccentricities and passion for life brought humor and joy to those around her. This was in keeping with the Osborne family tradition of story telling and revelry in music and good cheer. Wanda lived the last thirty years of her life with her beloved brother, George Grimm, the man for whom her son was named. They lived together at Woodbine almost all their lives, and they became constant companions the final thirteen years following the death of Wanda’s husband Claude. Wanda was twice married, first To Robert McGlashen (‘56) and later to Claude Phipps (‘67). She is survived by her loving son George, daughter Alita, and grandchildren Olivia and Rachael.  Visitation  1:00PM to 2:00PM on Saturday, September 20th, 2008 at Twin County Funerals.  Service:  2:00PM at Twin County Funerals Sanctuary on Saturday, September 20th, 2008.  Burial : Osborne Cemetery, Galax, VA 24333                  published  October 31st, 1935 - September 19th, 2008
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MORALES Sgt. Gary   July 13, 1977-February 28, 2013                     

Sgt. Gary Morales Sgt. Gary Morales (1978 - 2013), an officer with the St. Lucie Sheriff's office was shot and killed March 28, 2013 during a traffic stop on Naylor Terrace, south of Ft. Pierce in an unincoporated area of St. Lucie Co. One suspect is in custody. Morales has been with the department for 13 yrs. He is survived by a wife, children and a brother who is also with the St. Lucie Sheriff's office. He had just been promoted to Sergeant on January 18, 2013.

Sergeant Gary Morales, age 35, of Port St. Lucie, passed away on February 28, 2013 at Lwnwood Regional  Medical Center in Fort Pierce.

Gary was born in Bronx, New York and moved to Port St. Lucie, Florida in 1999.  He served in the Air Force where he received the Air Force Achievement Medal, Outstanding Unit Award, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Overseas Long Tour Ribbon Longevity Service Award Ribbon and Air Force Training Ribbon.  He earned a Master's degree in criminal justice from Keiser University.  He was employed by the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office,   He received the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office Medal of Honor-Posthumously, Exceptional Duty, Unit Citation, Good Conduct, Set. 2004-Hurricane Medal.  Gary is survived by his wife,  two daughters,  his parents, three brothers, his grandmother, and eight nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held on Monday, March r from 10am-12nooon at WEstside Baptist Church, 3361 S. Jenkins Rd. Fort Pierce.  A funeral service will be held at 12 noon,l with burial immediately following at Forest Hills Cemetery.  for guestbook and tax-deductible contributions information visit
http://www.yatesfuneralhome.com/obits/obituaries.php/obitID/889314/obit/Sergeant-Gary-Morales



                                                                                                                                                                                                  


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