Wednesday, October 2, 2013
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1-15-1924 -- 9-23-2013

It comes with great sorrow that our beloved mother and grandmother Ellan Furber Fitzgerald has left us for heaven.

She leaves behind her son William Warner Rieck (Kathy) and daughter, Diana Kirk; grandson Benjamin Fauquenot and son #2 Jeffery Kirk; a sister, Judith Jones (Robert); nieces Jennifer and Janette Jordan and grand-nephews Robert, Rory, Seth Jones, all from Arizona; and of course the grandpuppies, Lola and Chesai. She was preceded in death by her parents, Louis E. Spiedel and Lucy E. Furber.

She had two great loves of her life, Warner Emil Rieck, our father, and Richard Frances Fitzgerald. After too many Michigan winters she moved her children south, eventually landing in Key West in 1968. She found employment as an office manager for Floridian Pest Control for 30 years. Richard moved to Key West and took a position at Florida Key Community College as a teacher and they began a life of great love and devotion to each other, family and friends. On Dec. 13, 1986, they married at St. Mary's Star of the Sea Catholic Church.

A friend of Bill W.'s for 46 years, she helped establish the first clubroom on the corner of Day and Simonton streets, painting the 12 Steps on the wall. She worked her program and sponsored other ladies seeking the same. In her later years, she established meetings at Samuel's House and the Monroe County Jail.

She was one of the founding members of Zonta Key West, holding the office of treasurer for several years. She volunteered several days a week, answering the phone for Helpline in service to others.

Our mother was an artist, photographer, model and flamboyant; we will miss her very much.

We would like to thank Dr. Olson and his staff for the years of care devoted to our mother. A special thank you to Jill Wallace, who was our mother's caregiver, companion and friend.

Please join us to celebrate her life at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at Dean Lopez, 214 Simonton St., Key West, Fla.