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Georgia Anne Doherty-Sipes

On Monday, March 4, 2019, Georgia Anne Doherty-Sipes, loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, passed away at age 66.

Georgia was born on November 23, 1953 in Shirley, MA to George Andrew Doherty and Violette Rita (Vincent) Doherty. She graduated in 1971 from Honesdale High School (PA) and received her Psychology degree summa cum laude from Susquehanna University (PA) in 1993. On August 14, 1993, she married Craig Allan Sipes. She has three sons, Matthew, Michael, and Robert, Jr. Levanowitz.

Georgia had a passion for acting, singing, composing, and painting. Before pursuing her studies in Psychology, Georgia performed and sang on the Broadway stage, Off-Broadway, and summer stock theatre in New York and the Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania. She also performed with her brother Bill at Walt Disney World. She was known as a visually gifted Encaustic painter and her work was displayed in New York, Maryland, and Washington D.C. With a distinct passion for children, Georgia and her husband Craig were the proprietors of Auntie G’s Stay and Play in Deland, Florida for over twenty years. She also served as an Administrator, Grants Writer, and Costumer for the Central Florida Lyric Opera for over 16 years.

Georgia was preceded in death by her mother, Violette, and her brother Vincent John. She is survived by her father, George Andrew Doherty; husband, Craig; three children, Matthew and his wife Jennifer, Michael, and Robert, Jr.; sister, Phyllis; brothers, Michael, Timothy, Brian, and Bill; five grandchildren, Gregory, Cody, Darion, Breanna, and Bradley; great-grandchild Joslyn; and several cousins, nieces, and nephews. An Episcopal Mass will be held on Sunday, March 10, 2019 at The Church of the Holy Presence, 355 North Kepler Road (DeLand, FL) at 1 o’clock p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Church of the Holy Presence Memorial Fund (in memory of Georgia Doherty-Sipes).

You can

You can shed tears that she is gone
Or you can smile because she has lived

You can close your eyes and pray that she will come back
Or you can open your eyes and see all she has left

Your heart can be empty because you can't see her
Or you can be full of the love that you shared

You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday
Or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday

You can remember her and only that she is gone
Or you can cherish her memory and let it live on

You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back
Or you can do what she would want: smile, open your eyes, love and go on.

~ Anonymous

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