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Patricia Cole

Patricia Sue Cole, 82, died June 1, 2013 at Sterling House Assisted Living Facility in DeLand, Fla.

    She was born June 9, 1930, in Elkhart, Ind., to Maurice and Eva Mae (Spear) Aker.

    She was a 1948 graduate of LaGrange High School and attended Ball State University in Muncie, Ind. After college she became the owner-operator of White School for Retarded Children in Sturgis, Mich. She also worked for Zimmer Manufacturing in Indiana and New York. Following her marriage to her second husband, Richard Williams, she moved to DeLand, Fla., in 1970 and, along with Richard, became the proprietor of The New Yorker Motel. After selling the motel, she was a secretary at Barnett Bank, Brunswick Corporation, and Ken Shepherd, CPA. She turned her love of knitting into a business and opened The Sampler Knit Shop on Woodland Boulevard in downtown DeLand, Fla., for many years. While a business owner, she was active in the DeLand Business and Professional Women's Club. After her husband passed in July 1990, she continued to be active with the PEO Sisterhood and the local Eastern Star chapter.

    Surviving are her stepmother, Alice Aker Kiehle, DeLand, Fla.; one daughter, Rebecca (David) Baker, DeLand, Fla.; two sons, J. Bruce (Theresa) Rasor, Hendersonville, N.C., and David (Debbie) Rasor, Orlando, Fla.; two stepchildren, Brenda (Michael) O'Bryant, DeLand, Fla., and Barbara Cole, DeLand, Fla.; four grandchildren, Jennifer Dye, Jessica Dougherty, David B. Rasor, and Stephanie Swain; five stepgrandchildren; eight great- grandchildren; five stepgreat-grandchildren; one sister, Judy Kirkendal, Mount Dora, Fla.; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

    She was preceded in death by her parents, three husbands, John Rasor, Richard Williams, and Bernard Cole, one brother, Charles Aker, and one sister, Sharon Aker.

    A private family gathering will be held in celebration of her life.

    Memorials may be directed to VITAS Charitable Fund, 533 North Nova Road, Suite 206, Ormond Beach, FL 32174 or online at