Pat & Marion

My Granny and Granddaddy

Virginia ‘Pat’ Trieste and Marion C. Roche were married in Gainesville on February 28, 1942. Granny and Granddaddy as I knew them, had four daughters, six grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren. They were hard-working, kind folks who vividly remembered the difficulty and uncertainty of the Great Depression. This experience shaped their lives forever.

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They were part of the ‘Greatest Generation’ and Granddaddy, like so many others of that time, unselfishly went to fight for our country in WWII. By the end of the war, he had achieved the naval rank of Lt. Commander.
Soon after the great war, they settled down in Ocala and began to raise their family. They were both life long educators in this area. Granny was primarily a teacher and a guidance counselor. Granddaddy was an agriculture teacher and later on the director of vocational education of Marion County. Granddaddy was inducted into the Florida Agriculture Hall of Fame in 2006.

Conly-33They were married for sixty-one years before Granny passed away in 2003 and Granddaddy in 2010. They meant so much to so many people in this area, but they meant the world to me.

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