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A “Celebration of a Beautiful Life” for Barbie will take place on Friday, July 3 at Boyd Hill Nature Park from 7-8 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Petersburg Audubon.
Barbara Jean Ranck, (Barbie) 67, born December 30, 1947, in
New Holland, Pennsylvania. Daughter of the late Mary Burkholder Ranck and Howard Hoover Ranck. She died June 20, 2015, surrounded by family and friends at BayFront Hospice in St. Petersburg, FL, after a 6 year courageous battle with cancer. She is survived by husband Alva Sholty. In addition to her husband she is survived by daughter Circe MacDonald, son-in-law David, grandson Brian (Lithia, Florida), sisters Virginia Dissinger, (Glenn A.) of New Holland, PA, Rebecca Zimmerman (Ronald) of Leola, PA, three nieces and three nephews and RoJo her cat. Preceding her in death, Sister Patricia M. Pauly. She is also fondly remembered as “Auntie Barb” by many of her beloved family members.
She graduated from Garden Spot High School, New Holland, PA, Hagerstown Business School, Maryland, and earned a Nursing degree from St. Petersburg College. She also graduated from University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a Business Marketing degree. Barbie worked at Palms of Pasadena Hospital where she retired in 2009.
Barbie was an avid member of St Petersburg Audubon Society and integral in the establishment of the Shell Key Preserve.
Enjoy viewing an active Least Tern rooftop in Clearwater. Thanks to Mardy and her rooftop volunteers from Clearwater Audubon for monitoring this rooftop.
To contact any Tampa Bay Area wildlife rescues and rehabbers, visit http://www.wildlifehavenrehab.org/areaResources.php
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