Bessie B. Gamber
Bessie B. Gamber, 94, of Englewood, died Sept. 6.
She was born Feb. 19, 1924, in Collins, Arkansas, one of eight siblings born to Olen and Orah (Thompson) Christmas.
She was married in 1947 at Warm Springs, Georgia, to Earl D. Gamber. The couple resided in Homestead before moving their family to Englewood in 1963.
Mrs. Gamber was a hairdresser and a real estate broker. She enjoyed boating, gardening and travel to such destinations as Alaska, Hawaii, Costa Rica and Canada. Her pinnacle trip was to China with her sister.
As a Girl Scout leader, she shared her love of camping and hiking with her troop. She volunteered with the Twelfth Judicial Circuit Guardian ad Litem Program and at the Humane Society Mountain Shelter Thrift Store in Blairsville, Georgia, the mountain retreat where she and husband Earl escaped Florida’s summers.
At Mrs. Gamber’s request, no service will be held. Memorial donations may be made to the Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation, 110 E. 42nd St.,16th Floor, New York NY 10017.
Mrs. Gamber is survived by sons Wesley and wife Beverly of Largo and Earl R. “Rick” and wife Joy of Englewood and Independence, Virginia; daughters Linda and husband Donald Langford of Arcadia and Melanie and husband David McKeever of Holmes Beach; three granddaughters, Jennifer, Kimberly and Holly; grandson Thad; and seven great-grandchildren.
Kristopher “Kris” Richard Morash, 58, formerly of Anna Maria, died Sept. 3.
He was born Sept. 5, 1960, in West Virginia. He lived in Frostburg, Maryland, Long Island, New York, Cocoa Beach, Bradenton, Anna Maria and Sarasota before moving to Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
Kris was an alter boy, Eagle Scout and participated on the swim team at Manatee High School. He graduated MHS in 1979 and graduated Manatee Junior College “where he took up space,”according to brother Kevin Morash. He met his “future ex-wife,” Cheryl Atkins, while working at Fast Eddie’s Restaurant in Anna Maria. They raised two boys.
He was manager of the Columbia Restaurant on St. Armands Circle and later worked at Patrick’s Restaurant in downtown Sarasota and AT&T in Nashville. He worked more recently as an insurance adjuster. He had a green thumb and his home was always lush with plants. He also liked to maintain a house “full of pets.”
He had a great laugh and his smile could light up any room. He had many friends, including long-time roommate Scott Overstreet.
He had numerous cousins and relatives and was quick with a joke or to light up your smoke. People would often say, “Man, what are you doing here?”
Brother Kevin added, “He will be missed.”
A service will be announced at a later date.
Mr. Morash is survived by his sons, Kristopher Jr. and Stephen; five grandchildren; father Richard, brothers Richard Jr. and Kevin; sister Kathleen; and nephew Sean.