History: An Everglades legend lost

Clyde and Niki Butcher were so sympathetic to the plight of Carol Moseman, a popular Everglades City figure, that they donated two valuable pictures for a raffle to raise funds for her medical expenses. Unfortunately, Carol passed away before the prizes were drawn and now the raffle proceeds will be used to memorialize her.

Besides working at the Everglades Seafood Depot restaurant, Carol was president of the Friends of the Museum of the Everglades (FME) who are planning to present a “Tribute to Carol” at their annual luncheon meeting next month.

The winners will be selected at Art-in-the-Glades on Dec. 6, in Everglades City but they do not have to be present if they write their phone numbers on the ticket.

The Butcher Big Cypress Gallery in Ochopee and the Museum of the Everglades have tickets available for sale at $5 each or five for $20.

To purchase tickets by mail, send a check payable to “FME” with a memo line “Mozie Raffle” to FME, P.O. Box 677, Everglades City, FL, 34139. For more information, phone Marya Repko at 695-2905.

In memoriam

Carol Moseman, 1951-2008

Carol was born in Schoharie, New York, but moved to St. Petersburg, Florida, as a child, and graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in English Literature. She settled in Everglades City in 1993. Her hobbies were genealogy, gardening, and quilting. She was passionate about food and worked in the restaurant industry, most recently in the Everglades Seafood Depot.

She was active in various historical pursuits in Everglades City for several years, including a term as president of the Friends of the Museum of the Everglades and organizer of the two-day Tamiami Trail 80th anniversary celebration in April this year. The Marco Island Historical Society took part in the antique car parade and program, representing Tommie Barfield (Betsy Perdichizzi), Deaconess Bedell (Marion Nicolay) and Barron Gift Collier (Bill Perdichizzi). Cats were from the Naples and Marco Island Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America.

Carol organized artists’ receptions at the Museum for Jo Ann Sanborn and the Marco Outdoor Artists, among others. She was also involved in the effort to restore Everglades City Hall, the first Collier County Courthouse when Everglades City was the county seat.

Marya Repko, who was very close to her, said, “I still can’t believe she’ll never come banging in the door on my screened porch with a Dr. Pepper in her hand and sit down at my kitchen table for a chat.”

Our sympathy goes to her husband Phil Lawry and to the Everglades City community who have lost a much beloved and important friend

Old photographs needed

The Marco Island Historical Society will have its regular monthly evening meeting Dec. 2 at Mackle Park. Refreshments are served at 7 p.m. and the entertainment begins at 7:30 with “Merry Memories of Marco” led by program chairman Jerry Masters.

We are anxious to obtain copies of old Christmas and holiday photos from the Marco Island area to display at this meeting. Please send copies to Kathy Miracco, 1070 South Collier Blvd., Unit 308, Marco Island, Fla., 34145. Include a stamped, self-addressed envelope if you want your photos returned. It would help if you write the date on the back of the pictures.

From 2 to 4 p.m., Dec. 9, the Society will meet at CJ’s on the Bay for an hors d’oeuvres party with cash bar. The price is $20 per person, and checks made payable to the Society should be sent to Jerry Masters, 316 Colonial Avenue, Marco Island. RSVP by calling Jerry at 239-394-3917 by Dec. 5. Happy holidays!

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