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Elsie Ada (Daniel) WestoverMay 3, 1921 ~ September 2, 2017 (age 96)
Anyone who knew Elsie Ada Westover will tell you that she was one of a kind. She knew what she wanted in life and she usually got it. One never had any doubts about what was on her mind, because she always spoke it. She was born in Spring Lake to Thomas and Esther Lee Daniel. Thomas “Kid Tom” was an early Hernando County Agent and farmer. Joseph (Joe) Westover proposed only a few days into their courtship, “and I laughed in his face!” Fate prevailed, however, and Ada married him during World War II when he was training B17 pilots at the Brooksville airport. Ada and Joe owned several businesses over the 60 plus years they were married: Vernada Garden Mart, a nursery, Westover's Florist, and My Favorite Things (a craft store). They also catered independently. Ada’s businesses were the method by which she became an important figure to her community. She threw the most glamorous weddings, sent the biggest and best Christmas baskets, catered hunting parties in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and festooned it all with imagination and flowers of all colors. Her favorites were bright fuschia pink and scarlet. Anyone coming by her house during the holidays ran the risk of being pressed into service. In this way, she was also a mentor and teacher. At 96, while cutting Christmas foliage to decorate her ample dining room table, she said “I have held a knife in my hands since the day I was born!” Perhaps most telling about her personality was a poem written by her dear friend, Tricia Bechteleimer, current owner of Westover’s Flower Shop. It ended with an inside joke for many who knew her, "Ada, one of these days, I'm gonna hang up on you." In spite of her legendary directness – and oftentimes because of it – Ada remains beloved and admired by the great many people she touched and befriended during her lifetime. Ada is survived by her two sons, Joseph and Daniel, their families, numerous nieces and nephews and a multitude of dear friends. She will be laid to rest with her husband Joe at Florida National Cemetery. A gathering of friends and family will be hosted at Merritt funeral home Tuesday, September 5th, from 5-7 pm.