Mary Elizabeth Garodnick

Mary Elizabeth Garodnick, 86, went to be with the Lord on July 21, 2006, in Sandestin, FL. She was born March 3, 1920 in Smithfield, NC to Hillary and Minnie Layton.

Garodnick had been a resident of Freeport for 39 years. She was Baptist by faith and a member of the Freeport First Baptist Church. She was an accomplished artist having painted The Washington Gristmill and many other outdoor scenes, as well as portraits. She won numerous prizes for her paintings; she also wrote children stories among those were Joey the Pumpkin. She worked as a managing designer for department stores.

Garodnick was predeceased in death by her father and mother, and five brothers, Paul, Sexton, Early, Berlin, and Thomas Layton.

Garodnick is survived by her husband of 66 years, Irvin O. Garodnick, of Freeport, FL; two sons, Max Garodnick and wife, Gladys, of Freeport, FL and William Richard Garodnick and wife, Carol, of Commack, NY; seven grandchildren, Mary Ann Skelley, Max Garodnick Jr., William Richard Garodnick Jr., Shirley Ann Farrington, Ruth Ann Hallin, Judy Garodnick Cavallo, and Richard Garodnick, and two great-grandchildren, Julie Farrington and Paul Carpenter.

Funeral services were conducted, Tuesday, July 25, 2006 at Freeport First Baptist Church in Freeport, Florida, with Reverends Green Harrell and Dennis Pledger officiating.

Those asked to serve as pallbearers were George Farrington, Tony Buxton, Morris Helms, Willie Garoduick, Max Garodnick Jr., and Pete Bennett.

Donations may be made to the Freeport First Baptist Church, 430 Kylea Laird Drive, Freeport, FL 32439.

Burial followed in the Hatcher Cemetery.

[Source: The DeFuniak Springs Herald, July 27, 2006, Page 9-B]

[Burial: Hatcher Cemetery, Freeport]