Obituary: Patricia Nell Califa June 20, 1953 – March 30, 2016

PATRICIA NELL CALIFA June 20, 1953 – March 30, 2016

Patricia Nell Califa of Fort Walton Beach, Florida, passed away the end of March following her struggle with cancer. She had recently retired from a long career as an Executive/Legal Secretary in Texas, New Mexico, and Florida.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Eugenia and Paul Califa, and by her son, Aaron. Patricia is survived by her daughter, Molly, daughter-in-law, Janet, and granddaughters, Violet, Phoenix, Orchid, and Aspen, as well as her four sisters, Cathy, Ethel, Stephany, and Susan.

Patricia was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Fort Walton Beach. Her strong devotion to her Christian faith guided her throughout her life. In addition to the love for her children and grandchildren, her ultimate joy was time spent at the beach, which brought her to Fort Walton Beach.

 In Lieu of flowers, Memorial Contributions may be made to the Calvary Baptist Church, 529 Clifford St, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547, or Emerald Coast Hospice, 340 Beal Pkwy NW # C, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548.

A Nautical Memorial Service is scheduled for Saturday April 23, 2016, in Destin, FL, with Olin Marler’s Dolphin Cruises, onboard the Hana Marie Charter Dolphin Cruiser, setting sail at 10:00 AM from the marina at 102 Harbor Blvd., Destin, FL 32541.

With Reverend Mark Stevens officiating, Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 161 Racetrack Road, NW, Fort Walton Beach, FL, has been entrusted with the arrangements.

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