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Claudia E. Guida

July 14, 1928 ~ August 18, 2018 (age 90)
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Claudia was preceded in death by her Parents Franklin Harbin and Mary Gray, Brother Cecil Pennington, Sister Doris Harbin and loving Husband Joe Guida.

She is survived by her Sister Glenda Havis (Jim), Sons Charles Squires (Leafie), James Guida (Sharon), and Daughter Marcia Henderson (Richard). Grandchildren Dawn Squires Sullivan, Kenneth Henderson (Jennifer), Amy Henderson Johnson (Mel), four Great Grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Claudia was born in Mira, Louisiana. She later moved to Detroit, Michigan and then to Winter Park, Fl. where she met her husband Joe. At that time she was raising her son Charles and Joe was raising his son James and daughter Marcia. Claudia and Joe were married and moved to Orlando, Fl. During their working years, they were both involved in many clubs and organizations. They spent most of their volunteer time working with the Bahia Shrine Temple where Claudia worked very hard helping her husband and raising a family. They also were very involved with their church, Aloma United Methodist Church -Winter Park. Claudia was a very proud charter member.

With all the time they spent helping others, they still found time to go out for dinner and dancing. They were both excellent dancers and often people would stop to watch how graceful they were on the dance floor. When Claudia could, she loved to visit her sister Glenda and her husband Jim in Louisiana. She loved to talk about their fishing trips and what a good fisherman her sister was. Claudia enjoyed every minute she got to spend with her sister and her husband, whether it was in Louisiana or one of the many visits her sister made to Florida.

When she and Joe retired, they moved to Lake of the Woods in Fern Park, Fl. They both said that was the best move they have ever made. She loved helping with the different events and was very active in the planning. She loved dressing up for the occasion whether it was a hula skirt or a roaring 20's outfit. Claudia was always the "Belle of the Ball".

A few years after her husband's passing, Claudia moved to Westchester Assisted Living where she lived the last twelve years of her life.

Often her son Charles and his wife Leafie would come to visit and take her out to lunch. Claudia loved seafood and that was often what she ordered.

Her son James, who lived in Michigan, kept in contact with her and they enjoyed many long conversations about sports. She especially loved watching basketball and the "Magic" was her team.

Her daughter Marcia and her husband Richard tried their best to take care of her routine needs and care. Claudia loved to shop and she and Marcia spent many long hours shopping, and of course, eating lunch or dinner. Richard would even drop them off at the mall and pick them up later.

Claudia's room was often the meeting place for several of the ladies at Westchester to watch "Dancing with the Stars". If she happened to be talking on the phone when it was time for "her show" she would very quickly hang up; which we found quite comical.

While living at Westchester, Claudia served as President of the Residents Association (presided over all meetings) and Ambassador to all "new" residents, greeting and helping them to get adjusted to their new home. They knew they could always come to her with any questions or even problems. She received several National Volunteer of the Year Awards. When she was no longer able to attend Church, Claudia organized a program to have one of the ministers come to Westchester weekly to speak to the residents. In her later years at Westchester she became very concerned about the patients at Regents Park, the nursing home facility connected to Westchester. Claudia believed very strongly she had been called by the Lord to visit, pray and minister to the nursing home residents. Although  she had to use a walker and we worried about her own health; ability to walk so far, several times a week she would take the long journey down to Regents Park to pray with the residents there.

Claudia lived a life of service to her husband and her family, to Church, to helping others, and above all to her Lord.

God Bless you Mom and Grandma

We Love You and Miss You

You will always be Remembered

 

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