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Updated: 10/17/2013 08:00:03AM

Barbara Taylor Kalnas

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Barbara Taylor Kalnas, 79, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013, surrounded by her loving family, in Palmetto, Fla.

She was born in Arcadia, Fla., to Aubrey and Willie Jane Melton.

Her family has been a part of DeSoto County, Fla., since 1894. Barbara was a founding member of the Myakka Family Worship Center in Myakka City, Fla. She retired from GPW Hospital after 31 years of service as a unit treatment rehabilitation supervisor; however her biggest accomplishment was her family. Barbara enjoyed reading and writing scripture, crocheting, and volunteered her time with the 4-H. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Barbara would like to be remembered as a woman of prayer and unselfish devotion to others.

She is survived by son, Keith (Cindy) Keene of Arcadia; daughter, Kathy (Lynn) Howell of Myakka City; uncle, Austin (Myrtle) Hollingsworth of Fort Myers, Fla.; six grandchildren, January (James) Hill, David (Carly) O’Steen, Ashley (Brett) Wheeler, Hank (Brandi) Brewer, Justin Keene and Phillip (Jessica) Keene; and seven great-grandchildren, Morgan and Chandler Hill, Madison and Liam O’Steen, and Destiny, Paisley and BreAnn Keene. Barbara was preceded in death by her son, Billy Keene.

A visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until funeral services at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, at the chapel of Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Homes, 50 N. Hillsborough Ave., Arcadia. Pastor Lynn Howell will officiate. Inurnment will be private at a later date at Oak Ridge Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations to the ministry or charity of your choice. Online condolences can be made at

Arrangements are by Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Homes.

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