February 18, 2021

LASSIE TERRY COLEMAN

Lassie Terry Coleman, passed away at home surrounded by her family on  February 11, 2021 at the age of 90. She was born in Kentucky to Noah and Zella Smith.

Lassie moved from Chicago to Belleview in 1966 with her three children and opened her first restaurant called “Lassie’s Paradise Inn”, which was the old Williams Drive In. A year later she made the decision to buy a larger one near the Vin Mar Motel and called it “Lassie’s”.

She met Harold Terry and they ran the restaurant together until his death. Lassie sold the restaurant in February of 1976 to Skip Kalb and Joe Perico. After selling the restaurant Lassie was visiting Kentucky and ran into a childhood friend Earl Coleman. They married and came back to Belleview and opened a small grocery store called E & L Produce on Baseline Road.

Lassie loved people and never met a stranger. She was also well known for always lending a helping hand and her care for others.

She is preceded in death by her husband Earl Scott Coleman who passed away four days before her on Feb. 7, 2021. He was born Nov. 11, 1944.

Lassie is survived by her brothers, Floyd and Alfred Smith. Three children, oldest daughter Darlene Crispo who was her caregiver for nine years; Deborah Shockley and her son, Ervin Honiker. Ten grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

They will truly be missed by all who knew them.

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Sara Virginia (Peggy)

Crim Holden

Sara Virginia (Peggy) Crim Holden of Belleview, FL transitioned to eternity on January 29, 2021, after a hard, but precious day of memories and goodbyes with her family. She lived 85 beautiful years.

She is reunited with her husband of 49 years, Harold Wesley (Kelly) Holden, and they are watching over us with laughter, wit, eye rolls, and love.

Firstborn of the late Robert Edward Crim and Sarah Brown Stickle, Peggy was sister to 8, auntie to 13, and great auntie to more than we can count. Through her only child, Dale, she was a fantastic grandma to 8 and great grandma to a little one arriving in July. Four days after she passed, a sonogram confirmed her emphatic prophecy: “It’s a girl!”

She was loved so fiercely by her family – blood, marriage, and bonus – that you cannot distinguish which side aunts, cousins, brothers and sisters belong to. But what are ‘sides’ in love and family?

Her loved ones know who they are, so instead of a list of names, we thought these words would be better spent sharing what a remarkable woman she was:

Peggy was fiercely determined to make a good life for herself and her family. At 18, she joined the Air Force, where Kelly swept her off her feet. Later, she became a valued member of an insurance firm. So much so, they begged her to return after she retired early. After (actually) retiring, she never stopped using her talents as a member of her community – including becoming a volunteer tax preparer with United Way.

She and Kelly traveled often and traveled well. The passion for new experiences always intersected with family: all roads brought them to loved ones.

Intuitively creative, she knew how to make a house a home. She showed love by sharing art, style, and masterful sewing skills. She could make something out of nothing, create champagne on a beer budget, and at 70, taught her granddaughter how to lay a tile floor. Places and people were always left better than she found them.

Never was she without a cat (or two) and a porch full of strays that she fed and loved well. Her fur babies, Tiger and Bella have found homes with immediate family.

From chiffon dresses to sequined frogs, her style was all her own. She had a look for every day, and an accessory for every mood. She taught us that if something makes you smile – wear it. If something makes you feel your best – own it in every color. The wardrobe that embodied her personality has been gifted to Interfaith Mission.

In celebration of her life, memorial gifts can be made to Interfaith at iesmarion.org/donate. Unless you are a neighbor – in which case – consider buying kitty food for the strays in her honor.

Her determination, spirit, and generosity made opportunity our birthright and love our inheritance. May we be worthy stewards.

Celebration of life and memorial gift details can be found at memories.lifeweb360.com/sara-virginia-holden

 

Raymond D Grim

Raymond D Grim, 79, of Belleview, Florida passed away February 8, 2021 at 4775 SE 130th Place, Belleview, Florida. He was the husband of Patricia Grim for 60 years.

Ray was born in Detroit, Michigan the second son of the late Henry and Shirley Grim. Prior to his retirement he drove a low-boy hauling heavy equipment to construction sites.  In the winters when the frost laws were in place Ray took advantage of that time to take his family snowmobiling in northern Michigan. Since retirement Ray went for his motorcycle endorsement to ride in Florida. They enjoyed being outdoors or puttering out in the garage working on different projects. He also liked to go camping with family.

Ray is survived by wife, Patricia Grim and sons, Daniel Grim and his wife, Tammy of Wolverine, MI and Edward Allan Grim of Arizona City, AZ. He has 12 grandchildren, Danny, Toshana, Zachery, Leah, Malachi, Jason, Travis, Tina, Amanda, Michael, Christopher and Matthew.  He is also survived by brothers, William Grim, David Grim, Larry Grim and Garry Grim and sister, Sandy Blommer.

The family received friends at Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, 5946 SE Robinson Road, Belleview, FL 34420 on Sunday, February 14, 2021 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM.  Funeral services were 10:30AM on February 15, 2021 at Christ Church of Marion County, 6768 SW 80th Street, Ocala, FL 34476 with the reverend David Bellows officiating. Interment followed at Highland Memorial Park. Condolences may be left at Hiers-Baxley.com.

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