Tidewell Hospice Accepts Gift from 35th Annual Powder Puff Charity Golf Classic

(Left to Right) Marlene Arthur, Powder Puff Board Member; Connie Gean, Powder Puff Board Member; Suzanne Barksdale, Tidewell Hospice Community Relations Representative; Shirley Cook, Powder Puff Board Member; Stacy Jones, Community Relations Director for Kays-Ponger & Uselton Funeral Homes and Cremation Services; Denise Pope, Tidewell Chief Philantrophy Officer; Mark Faulkner, PGA Professional Port Charlotte Golf Club; Louise Alford, Powder Puff Board Member; Lois Bell, Powder Puff Board Member; Jerry Sandman, Powder Puff Board Member

The Powder Puff Charity Golf Classic committee recently presented a check for $8,064 to Tidewell Hospice Chief Philanthropy Officer Denise Pope. Each year, the group donates tournament proceeds to support programs and services for Tidewell’s patients and their loved ones.

Held annually at the Port Charlotte Golf Club, the Power Puff Charity Golf Classic began in 1976 and has grown to become the premier amateur ladies’ tournament in Southwest Florida. To learn more, visit www.powderpuffcharitygolfclassic.com.


We’ve Remodeled

We’ve renovated our Punta Gorda and Port Charlotte locations, making them warm and welcoming venues to host a unique farewell for your loved one. Whether you want a traditional service or a Celebration of Life complete with a champagne toast, we’ve got the facilities to accommodate your wishes. Stop by and see our new look.


February Caregiver of the Month

Congratulations to Ana Cruz, our Caregiver of the Month! Ana works at Lexington Manor in Port Charlotte and was nominated by Irene Boyle. At 75 years old Ana has been working at Lexington Manor taking care of residents not much older than herself. She works hard and is pasisonate about ensuring the residents are well taken care of. Ana is pictured above with her supervisor, Susan Dykes and Stacy Jones from Kays-Ponger & Uselton Family of Funeral Homes.


Renovation Open House

Open House at Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda Locations


Kays-Ponger & Uselton and Lemon Bay Funeral Homes and Cremation Services have partnered with the Marine Corp League 756 Toys For Tots

Kays-Ponger & Uselton and Lemon Bay Funeral Homes and Cremation Services and Gulf Pines Memorial Park are partnering with the Marine Corp League 756 to help with the Toys for Tots program.  Please remember our less fortunate children during this holiday season.

 Spread some holiday cheer by donating a new, unwrapped children’s toy at any of our locations.  Click on the link below for directions. 

For more information please visit us at www.kays-ponger.com or follow us on Facebook.


Welcome our new Director of Pet Loss Services

We are pleased to announce that Dee Roberts has accepted the position of Director of Pet Loss Services with Kays-Ponger & Uselton Family of Funeral Homes and Cremation Services.

An avid animal lover, Dee previously held the position of Executive Director of a local animal shelter and animal sanctuary.  She is the current administrator of the Cell Dog Program at Charlotte County Corrections.  Dee is a certified instructor in First Aid & CPR for both humans and animals and is currently training her dog, Tyrone, in Search and Rescue with a specialty in Cadaver Dog Training.

Dee is also a Certified Celebrant for Kays-Ponger & Uselton and Lemon Bay Funeral Homes and Cremation Services.  A native of Ohio, Dee has lived in Englewood for the past 33 years and is married to Wayne and has two children, Devon and Mike.

Welcome aboard Dee!


Pet Grief Reading: A Dog’s Purpose


Often, a pet is a member of the family.  Your time with your beloved pet is meaningful, and the loss can be painful.  In the book A Dog’s Purpose, author W. Bruce Cameron tells the story of a dog that is reincarnated until he figures out what his purpose is.

In an interview with Paw Nation, Cameron said the readers he most wants are those that have lost a dog.  The book was inspired by an experience with a dog that reminded him of his childhood dog.  The hope and love between a dog and its family is heartwarming and poignant.

Be sure to read the interview and the book.  A Dog’s Purpose might help you find the message of love and life in your pet.


Pampered Pet Puppy Crawl