Juanita Elizabeth Romano Vathis, a native of Apalachicola, went to be with Jesus on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013.

She was born Aug. 10, 1923 in Apalachicola. She was preceded in death by her husband, Costa Vathis and father of her children; mother, Lilly Bryant Romano; father, Capt. S. A. Romano; brother, Sandy Romano; son, Nick Vathis; and a granddaughter, Christina Vathis

She is survived by her children, John Vathis of Panama City, Mary Elizabeth Herring of Panama City Beach, George Vathis of Bellview, and Theo Vathis of Tallahassee; grandchildren, Veronica Crotts Almarode, of Tallahassee, Jamie Vathis, of Mexico Beach, Nicky Vathis, of Panama City Beach, Ricky Vathis, of Chipley, Stephani Vathis, of Texas, Tracy Vathis of Destin, Candice Vathis, of Tampa, Michael Vathis, of Tallahassee, Costa Vathis, of Tallahassee, Tammy Vathis, of Colorado and Christopher Vathis, of Colorado; great- grandchildren, Vernon Babich, of Ocala, Michael Austin, of Wewahitchka, and Katlin Vathis, of Mexico Beach; nieces and nephews Mary George Williams, Despina George, Alexander Vathis, Tony Romano, Carla Hight, Nick Spanolios and Jimmy Spanolios; dear friends she considered her other daughters, Ginger Chumney Lewis, Geri Parker, Marilyn Wages, Frances Ann Monroe and Denise Putnal.

Her father Capt. Romano was from Palermo, Sicily, a sea captain who came to Apalachicola to trade for cotton and lumber. He met Lilly Bryant and married, they raised Juanita and her brother Sandy in Apalachicola. She attended the Catholic convent and was schooled by the nuns. She later married Costa Vathis who operated The Grill Restaurant in Apalachicola and was a state representative for Franklin County in the 40's. Juanita was his secretary.

Mary Carol Creekmore was her dance instructor with her sister-in-law Helen Vathis and friend, Betty Brocado as a teenager.

Her hobby was corresponding through letters to her friends and family up to the time of her death. She never met a stranger and was loved by so many and will be missed forever

Graveside funeral services will be held Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 at Magnolia Cemetery in Apalachicola at 2 p.m. EST.

All services are under the direction of the Comforter Funeral Home.