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Thursday, August 18, 2011

A tribute to a true friend of Florida's wildflowers

Trenna Elizabeth Pate was born April 21, 1922 in Dayton, Ohio, daughter of a Presbyterian minister and wife who had been missionaries in China. Elizabeth grew up in Columbus, OH where she became a music major at the Capital Conservatory of Music and a lifelong fan of Ohio State University sports and its band. Elizabeth had a lasting passion for flowers, butterflies, puppies and children. She had a smile and a word for everyone, no matter how high or low in life they might be. She was an active Christian believer who once served as the National President of Presbyterian Women, and at the Christ Episcopal Church of Ponte Vedra where she was awarded its Service Cross for her ministerial works. She was a life member of the Ribault Garden Club and a Hall of Fame member of the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs. Elizabeth served for many years as the Roadside Beautification Chairman for the State of Florida and was actively involved in the successful quest for a Florida Wildflower license plate. Recently she was selected to receive from the Florida Wildflower Foundation its prestigious 2011 Friend of Florida's Wildflowers award. She is survived by her loving and devoted husband, retired Navy Captain Jack A. Pate of Atlantic Beach, FL, her children, sons David and Robert Stevens and daughter Pamela Tuggle, all from the Atlanta, Georgia area. She is proud of her grandchildren and great grandchildren, all of whom she adored. Elizabeth will make herself welcome in heaven. A Memorial Service celebrating her life will be held at Christ Episcopal Church, Ponte Vedra on Friday, August 19 at 3:00 p.m. A reception will follow immediately after at the church. 

In lieu of flowers it is requested that donations be sent to the Florida Federation of Garden Club: Elizabeth Pate Memorial Fund, c/o Rachel Wilson, 39 Fox Valley Drive, Orange Park, FL 32073 or to Greenscape of Jacksonville, Inc., ATTN: Anna Dooley Elizabeth Pate Tree Circle 1468 Hendricks Avenue Jacksonville, FL 32207.

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