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Phoebe Nelson Partney, age 91, passed away April 4, 2014 in Mayo, Fla. Phoebe was born May 17, 1924 in Peoria, Il. to Arthur and Louella Nelson. She had been a resident of Mayo since 2008.
Phoebe was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Gerald (Jerry) Dwain Partney. She was also preceded in death by her parents and three brothers.
Phoebe attended Stephens College in Columbia, Mo., where she met her husband, Jerry, and began her adult life as a homemaker and mother in Kansas City, Mo. The family lived in Missouri until 1957, a year in Dallas, Texas, and then in Miami, Fla. for nine years. After a family relocation to Cedar Rapids, Ia., Phoebe began her career in Real Estate.
When her husband Jerry retired in 1976, they moved to Key Colony Beach in the Florida Keys. Phoebe then continued her successful career as a Real Estate Broker and maintained her own office. In 1992, she retired from real estate and joined her daughter Linda's jewelry business as a sales consultant. Together they maintained a shop in Marathon Florida and toured the country displaying Linda's jewelry at Fine Art Shows and Festivals. In 2008, she moved with Linda to a riverside home on the Suwannee River near Mayo.
Phoebe was known for her outgoing friendly demeanor, who always loved a party and friendly gathering. She quickly became a favorite to new friends of all ages. She was a member of the Business and Professional Women's Club of Marathon Fl and later the Mayo Woman's Club. She loved to travel and enjoyed many trips and cruises with family and friends.
Phoebe is survived by her three children, Rev. Dr. Gerald D. Partney Jr., Patricia Ann Partney Heaney, and Linda Kay Partney; six grandchildren, Gavin Heaney, Caylin Heaney Behrens, Shannon Partney Messing, Nicole Partney, Gerald Partney III, and Eric Partney; and six great grandchildren, Skyler and Landyn Behrens, Sara, Justin, and Caitlin Messsing, and Gerald Partney IV.
A riverside Memorial Service and Celebration of Life will be held on Monday April 18th. Friends will begin to gather at 5 p.m. at Linda's home. Please call Linda Partney if you would like to attend or need directions. 386 294-2083
A second service, yet to be scheduled, will be this summer in Marathon Florida, where Phoebe will join her husband in a burial at sea.
Published on April 13, 2016
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