OCALA, FLA. – Patricia “Patty” Evelyn Randall Gannett, 91, died of congestive heart failure Feb. 12, 2013, during a short stay at Hospice of Marion County in Florida. She was born Jan. 14, 1922, in Ocala, Fla. She grew up in Conner, Fla., a community near Silver Springs, which was settled by her great-great-grandfather, John Conner Graham. Her parents were JW and Catherine Lee Mills Randall.
Mrs. Gannett graduated from East Marion High School, and received her bachelor’s degree in 1943 from Florida State College for Women, Tallahassee, Fla., where she met her future husband, Lt. John Howard Gannett of Portland. They were on a blind date and went to see the newly released animated Disney movie, “Bambi.” They honeymooned at Moosehead Lake before moving to Japan after World War II where she and her husband lived for three years. They settled in Augusta, where they raised their family of three children. Mrs. Gannett was active in the Augusta community: she was a “gray lady” volunteer for Augusta General Hospital Auxiliary, volunteered for Community Chest, now known as United Way, active in the Jr. Chamber of Commerce, and a long time member of Kennebec Valley Garden Club with a particular interest in the Garden Club Park. She and her husband were active members in the National Organization for Women. Mrs. Gannett was also an active member of American Association of University Women and League of Women Voters. For more than 50 years she and her husband were active in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary in both Maine and Florida. Together they started Cobbossee Marina on Lake Cobbosseeconte in Manchester. She was also a Cub Scout, Brownie, and Girl Scout leader. Mrs. Gannett and her husband retired to Mrs. Gannett’s home community of Conner, Fla. She started the John Conner Graham Scholarship at College of Central Florida, to benefit students from Conner.
Mrs. Gannett is survived by her husband of 70 years, John; their three children, Terry Gannett Hopkins of Conner, Fla. and Manchester, Patterson Randall Gannett and companion, Mary Lee Sanders, of Cape Haze, Fla., and Manchester, and Genie Gannett and husband, David Quist, of Conner, Fla., and Readfield; and four adult grandchildren, Tricia Dawn Hopkins of Sarasota, Fla., Derek Randall Gannett of Manchester, Jonathan Tyler Quist of Portland and Simon Baxter Quist of Readfield. Mrs. Gannett is also survived by four great-grandchildren.
Graveside services were held Feb. 18 at John Conner Graham Cemetery, Conner, Fla. Donations may be made to the Pat and John Gannett Scholarship, care of University of Maine at Augusta, Office of University Advancement, 46 University Drive, Augusta, ME 04330.