Judie Lee Garth-waite, 64 of St. James City passed away Tues-day, Oct. 16, 2012. She was born Aug. 30, 1948, in Frankfort, Mich. She moved to St. James City in 1989 coming from Beaver Island, Mich. She worked as a hospitality specialist at the Tarpon Lodge Restaurant in Pineland for many years. She enjoyed everything to do with food and was a gourmet cook at home. She enjoyed traveling, camping, nature, riding her motorcycle, flying with her husband. She was a super co-pilot.
Shie is survived by her loving family, including her husband of 35 years, Richard "Dick" Garthwaite; daughters, Michelle Pracher (Jim Hollister), Tracy (Bruce) VandeWeg; grandchildren, Gage, Jacob, Riley, Traie, Erin; great-grandson, Felix; mother, Joyce Akerman; sisters, Jackie Kish, Joyce Lyn (Tim) Conatser; brother, John Akerman (Maryann Krause); and stepdaughters, Kathy (Tom) Hoogterp and Susan (Rick) Bunker.
She was preceded in death by her father, John Akerman, and granddaughter, Jonel Hoogterp.
Judie Lee Garthwaite
There will be a celebration of her life at 3 p.m., Friday, Oct. 19, at the Tarpon Lodge, 13771 Waterfront Drive, Pineland, 33922 or GPS coordinates: N 26.39.562 W 082.09.180. Please no flowers for the celebration gathering. Visit www.coralridgefuneralhome.com to leave thoughts and memories for her family.