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SSgt. Mary Mai, USAF (Retired)
October 1980 – October 2015
Mary Osterman Mai passed away on Tuesday, October 13, 2015, three days after her 35th birthday, in Spokane, Washington. Mary was raised in Longwood Florida. She graduated from Lake Brantley High School in May 2000, and attended UCF. After 9/11/2001, Mary felt compelled to do her part, so she joined the Air Force. We were so proud of her decision to join the military. Mary served two tours of duty in Iraq. She was a disabled veteran. After serving her country, she was raising her two sons, supported her military husband, worked part time, and returned to college at East Washington University to pursue her degree in Geology. Mary loved nature, learning most of what she knew from her mother, Jenny. She was an incredibly smart, strong-willed, kind, and courageous soul.
She is survived by her husband, Tu Mai, children Aiden and Dexter Mai of Spokane; parents Jenny and Bob Osterman of Longwood; and her brother Daniel of Altamonte Springs. A military honor guard ceremony is planned to be held at Wekiwa Springs State Park soon to be attended by close family only. She loved the Springs, swimming in the crystal clear waters at the Wekiwa Springs spring-head, many afternoons after school. For those interested, the family asks that in lieu of cards/flowers, donations be made in Mary’s memory to Wekiva Wilderness Trust (WWT), a non-profit citizens support organization (CSO) consisting of volunteers. Membership in, and/or donations to, WWT can be made by credit card or check by following the instructions at wwt-cso.com after clicking “Donate”. In memory of Mary, we thank you for any support you can provide.
Published in the Orlando Sentinel from Oct. 22 to Oct. 25, 2015
MMFN (SS) Taylor C. Veroni, USN
July 1986 – August 2014
Taylor Camron Veroni was born July 5, 1986, in West Mesa, New Mexico to parents Julie Menke and Evan Veroni. He is survived by parents Julie and Scott Menke and Yvonne and Tim Wooff, and by siblings Christian and Chandler Menke, Rachel and Ryan Veroni Wooff, Hailee and Heyden Woff, Cati Connell, and Emily Guthrie. Taylor grew up in Southern California and graduated from Oxnard High School in 2004, where he was he was a member of the water polo and wrestling teams. He joined in the Navy in 2005 and served on the U.S.S. Bremerton. Taylor moved to the Sacramento area in 2008 where he worked in HVAC installation and appliance repair. He was in the process of building his own appliance repair business, Dudley Do-Right. His hobbies included gaming, motorcycles, RC cars, and above all, spending time with his family and friends. He was beloved by his nephew, cousins, and all children for his endless patience, incredible creativity, and gentle spirit. He was known by all as a loyal, sensitive, funny, creative, generous, and beautiful soul and we all love and miss him.
Published on Green Valley Mortuary‘s page.
SGT Ethan Shane Robinson
December 25, 1991 – July 11, 2014
Ethan was an Eagle Scout and always enjoyed camping and the outdoors. His kind heart and love for his nieces and nephews was a joy. He loved video games and spent many hours playing online with his brothers no matter where he was living. He graduated from Queen Creek High School and Chandler-Gilbert Community College, both in AZ, before he entered the military in October 2011. He married Mickey Harrington on June 3, 2011 and their daughter, Elizabeth, was born on March 28, 2012.
Ethan will be forever remembered by his family and loved ones. He is survived by his wife Mickey Robinson, his daughter, Elizabeth Elle, his father John R. Robinson, his mother RuLeena L. Robinson, his brothers JR Robinson, R. Jason Robinson, and E. Christopher Robinson, his sisters Stephanie Rhees and Shannon M. Robinson, his step-mother Wei Wei Robinson, his step-sisters Angela Xiang Robinson and Yuki Mei Robinson. He will be missed by so many of his friends and those he worked with – he touched so many lives in his short life and will be missed by us all.
Published in The Spectrum & Daily News from July 17 to July 18, 2014.
Submitted by Jason Morabito
PFC Joshua Allen Gray
November 10, 1992 – February 10, 2014
Private First Class Joshua Allen Gray, age 21, of Van Lear, Kentucky, passed away Monday, February 10th, 2014 in Afghanistan.
PFC Joshua Allen Gray was born November 10th, 1992 in Lexington, Kentucky.
He is survived by his father, Seth William Gray and Retha L. Mollett of Van Lear, Kentucky; his mother, Robin Rena Gray and Keith Goble of Van Lear, Kentucky; one brother, Dustin Mollett of Olive Hill, Kentucky; one sister, Delaney R. Mollett of Van Lear, Kentucky; maternal grandparents, Andy and Kathleen Price of Warfield, Kentucky; paternal grandmother, Irene Gray of Smithfield, Rhode Island; three aunts, three uncles and several cousins.
PFC Joshua Allen Gray was enlisted in the United States Army serving his country in Afghanistan.
Published by Jones-Preston Funeral Home
Submitted by William Connor III