Juanita Elizabeth Romano Vathis, a native of Apalachicola, FL., went to be with Jesus on December 28, 2013. She was preceded in death by her husband, Costa Vathis and father of her children; mother, Lilly Bryant Romano; father, Capt. S. A. Romano; brother, Sandy Romano; son, Nick Vathis; and a granddaughter, Christina Vathis
She is survived by her children, John Vathis of Panama City, Mary Elizabeth Herring of Panama City Beach, George Vathis of Bellview, FL., Theo Vathis of Tallahassee; grandchildren, Veronica Crotts Almarode of Tallahassee, Jamie Vathis of Mexico Beach, Nicky Vathis of Panama City Beach, Ricky Vathis of Chipley, Stephani Vathis of Texas, Tracy Vathis of Destin, Candice Vathis of Tampa, Michael Vathis of Tallalhassee, Costa Vathis of Tallahassee, Tammy Vathis of Colorado and Christopher Vathis of Colorado; great- grandchildren, Vernon Babich of Ocala, Michael Austin of Wewahitchka, and Katlin Vathis of Mexico Beach; nieces and nephews Mary George Williams, Despina George, Alexander Vathis, Tony Romano, Carla Hight, Nick Spanolios and Jimmy Spanolios; dear friends she considered her other daughters, Ginger Chumney Lewis, Geri Parker, Marilyn Wages, Frances Ann Monroe and Denise Putnal.
Her father Capt. Romano was from Palermo, Sicily, a sea captain who came to Apalachicola to trade for cotton and lumber. He met Lilly Bryant and married they raised Juanita and her brother Sandy in Apalachicola. She attended the Catholic Convent and was schooled by the Nuns. She later married Costa Vathis who operated The Grill Restaurant in Apalachicola and was a State Representative for Franklin County in the 40's. Jaunita was his secretary.
Mary Carol Creekmore was her dance instructor with her sister-in-law Helen Vathis and friend, Betty Brocado as a teenager.
Her hobby was corresponding through letters to her friends and family up to the time of her death.
She never met a stranger and was loved by so many and will be missed forever
Graveside funeral services were held 2 p.m. EST Friday, January 3, 2014 at Magnolia Cemetery in Apalachicola.
All services are under the direction of the Comforter Funeral Home.