Obituaries – 06-29-2011

Richard Wayne Baker

Richard Wayne Baker, 73, of Bradenton, died June 22. He was born in Atwood, Ill., and moved to Bradenton in 1976 from Tuscola, Ill.

Mr. Baker was a sergeant in the Illinois National Guard and an accountant for A. Paradise Realty in Holmes Beach.

Services will be private. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel, Bradenton, was in charge. Memorial donations may be made to R.H. Prine Elementary School Library, 3801 Southern Parkway W., Bradenton FL 34205. Online condolences may be made at

Mr. Baker is survived by his wife of 50 years, Nancy; sons Robert and wife Evelyn of Bradenton; Douglas of Altamonte Springs; sisters Nancy Knapp of Elkhart, Ind., and Sue Sadler of St. Joseph, Ill.; grandchildren Zach, Rachel, Christopher, Aubrey, Abi, Mia, Jeremiah, and Henry.

Elizabeth Pierce Moss

Elizabeth Pierce Moss, 93, of Anna Maria, died June 25. She was born Aug. 23, 1917, in Bartow. She first came to Anna Maria with family on vacation when she was 4 years old. Her family purchased the home where she resided on the beach end of Willow Avenue in 1943.

She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Florida State College for Women (later Florida State University).

She moved to Anna Maria in the 1950s where she met and married her late husband Eugene. They taught at Anna Maria Elementary School. The couple was named Anna Maria Citizens of the Year in 2003.

Mrs. Moss was a charter member of the Anna Maria Historical Society and, according to long-time friend Carolyne Norwood, “gave the best tours of the museum of anyone they ever had.” She was assistant city clerk in Anna Maria during the years when Ernie Cagnina was mayor. She was a member of Roser Memorial Community Church for more than 50 years, a member of the Daughter’s of the American Revolution and the League of Women Voters. She was co-grand marshal with Carolyne Norwood of the Anna Maria City Pier Centennial Parade.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, July 1, at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave.

Anna Maria. Memorial donations may be made to Meals on Wheels or Manasota Buds (

Mrs. Moss is survived by her children, Jim, Ed and Beth Waters; grandchildren Ryan, David, Brent, Amy, Jonathan, Matthew, Greg, Melanie and Alyssa; and great-grandchild Mason.

Bette C. Riordan

Bette C. Riordan, 89, of Bradenton, formerly of Anna Maria, died April 24.

Mrs. Riordan was a longtime member of Key Royale Club and 70-year member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Memorial donations may be made to the Madame Brett Homestead, in care of Daughters of the American Revolution, Melzingah Chapter, 50 VanNydeck Ave., Beacon NY 12508, for the continued preservation of the historic landmark.

Mrs. Riordan is survived by daughter Elizabeth Davitt and husband Robert L. McDermott of Maidens, Va.; grandsons Peter D. McDermott of Bradenton and Kevin M. McDermott of Maidens, Va.; and great grand-daughter Kaitlyn E. McDermott of Maidens, Va.

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