Sheldon Bertram Hedges, 88, of Holmes Beach, died Feb. 6. He was born July 2, 1925, in Detroit to George Thomas and Eva (Cameron) Hedges.
Mr. Hedges served four years as a U.S. Navy pilot. He earned a master’s degree in biology from Michigan State University and a master’s degree in marketing from Wayne State.
Mr. Hedges went on to work at the Upjohn Company in sales and international marketing for more than 35 years before retiring in 1988.
He enjoyed travel, fishing, snow skiing and ski patrol and being outdoors. His recent passion was carving ducks, both song and shore birds, creating more than 100 carvings for family and friends.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, April 7, in the Roser Chapel at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
Mr. Hedges is survived by his wife of 67 years, Mary Isabel (Johnston), children Ellen and husband Dale DeHaan, Michael, Bob and wife Jane and Tom and Joe Garcia; grandchildren; Michelle and husband David Halley, Heather and husband Scott Dood, Andrew and wife Marilyn, Craig and Blake; great-grandchildren Rebekah, Hunter, Eva, Miles, Kamden and Anya.
Esther Reid, 88, of Bradenton, died Feb. 27. She was born June 11, 1925, in Carbondale, Ill., to Lloyd and Edith Blessing. She married Vernon Reid and the family moved to Anna Maria Island in 1957.
Mrs. Reid was an excellent dressmaker and seamstress, having worked at the Jarvis Shop in Bradenton for 35 years. She excelled in cooking, gardening and tennis. She enjoyed volunteering at Anna Maria Elementary School, the Salvation Army, amateur theaters and Roser Memorial Community Church in Anna Maria.
Memorial donations may be made to Roser Church, P.O. Box 247, Anna Maria FL 34216, or the Salvation Army. A service will be held at a later date.
She is survived by children Susan and husband Don Gilliland, Terry and wife Kimberly, Sally and husband Tom Odenthal; grandchildren Sarah and Tim Gilliland, Anna and husband Kevin Snyder, Mark Odenthal and Mirielle; great-grandchildren Noah, Tanner and Katherine; and other family and friends.