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Longboat Key Obituaries: Sept. 28, 2017

Virginia Spicer Biddle, Maye E. Lavinson, Patricia Ann Cave, William F. Good, Russell Dale McPeak. Ligia T. “Lee” Yousri died.

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Virginia Spicer Biddle

Virginia Biddle, 92, of Naples, and formerly, Longboat Key, died June 6.

Mrs. Biddle was born on May 17, 1925 in Trenton, N.J., to Helen Kirk Spicer and John Spicer. She attended Miss Fine’s School in Princeton, N.J., and graduated from Southern Seminary in Buena Vista, Va.

In 1950, she married the love of her life, Howard Leutner Biddle III, and they enjoyed 66 years of marriage until his death in 2016.

Mrs. Biddle is survived by her three children, nine grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Memorial donations can be sent to Vitas Hospice, 4980 Tamiami Trail North, #102, Naples, 34103.


Maye E. Lavinson

Maye Lavinson, 96, of Longboat Key, and formerly, Trenton, N.J., died Sept. 21.

Mrs. Lavinson was born on May 24, 1921 in Trenton to Sarah and Max Edelman.

With her husband, Sherman, Mrs. Lavinson owned a bath and linen store on Longboat Key for many years. She was a longtime and active member of Temple Beth Israel, serving on the board and as president of Women On Our Own.

She was preceded in death by her husband, who died in 1989.

Mrs. Lavinson is survived by her daughter, Judith Eaton; and son, Robert Lavinson.

A service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 6 at Temple Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles Road.


Patricia Ann Cave

Patricia Cave, 92, of Greenwood, Ind., died Sept. 22.

Mrs. Cave was born on June 22, 1925, to Harry and Nelle Moore in West Baden, Ind. She was the eldest of three girls with twin sisters, Ann Daniels and the late Rusty Thompson.

She had fond memories of spending summers at Mackinac Island when her father worked there.

Mrs. Cave graduated from French Lick High School in 1943 and then attended Indiana Business College and worked as a secretary at Pure Oil Co.

On March 30, 1947, she married her high school classmate, Marvin Cave.

Mrs. Cave enjoyed summer trips to the northwoods of Wisconsin where she spent time with children, grandchildren and friends. Each visit was complete with one of Mrs. Cave’s walleye dinners.

Mrs. Cave spent her winters on Longboat Key and on North Hutchinson Island. Mr. and Mrs. Cave celebrated their 70th anniversary last spring with a large gathering of friends and family.

Mrs. Cave is survived by her husband, Marvin; daughter, Cynthia Dittman; son Jeffrey Cave; their spouses; five granddaughters; and four great grandchildren.


William F. Good

William Good, 69, of Longboat Key, and formerly, Massachusetts, died Sept. 17.

Mr. Good was born on March 20, 1948.


Russell Dale McPeak

Russell Dale McPeak, 78, of Chesterfield, Mo., died Sept. 16.

Mr. McPeak was born in St. Louis on Sept. 24, 1938, to Effie Mary and Russell Sage McPeak.

His career, prior to retirement in 2003, was as a salesman in the tech industry. When Mr. McPeak wasn’t working, he spent his time on the tennis court, on Longboat Key’s beaches or watching St. Louis Cardinals baseball.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Nancy; daughter Michele; son Mark; three grandchildren; and sister Judy McPeak.

Memorial donations can be made to the American Lung Association at


Ligia T. ‘Lee’ Yousri

Lee Yousri, 93, of New York, Cincinnati and Sarasota, died Aug. 31.

Lee was born as Ligia Trujillo in Trinidad, but she and her family moved to New York when she was 7.

Mrs. Yousri attended Notre Dame convent school, studied at the Actor’s Apprentice Theater and the American Theater Wing. She performed for several years on and off Broadway. She appeared in “Harvey” with Bert Lahr and “Young and Fair” with Julie Harris and Mercedes McCambridge. She was a member of Actors’ Equity, the Screen Actors’ Guild and AFTRA.

In 1951, she became a stewardess with Pan American World Airways and traveled the world until she was offered a management position, which led to assignments in Tehran, Hong Kong and Washington, D.C. Mrs. Yousri was with Pan Am for 30 years and was one of the first women in Pan Am to attain a director’s position.

Mrs. Yousri was married briefly to Abbas Yousri. Together, they lived in Cincinnati and New York.

Before retiring to Florida, Mrs. Yousri was a member and volunteer at St. Bartholomew’s Church and was active in theater circles, writing and continued traveling. While in Sarasota, she was a member of All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church.



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