Andrea B. Willard, born Andrea Wright Bower in June of 1950, was the daughter of the late Andrew Wright Bower and Ida Eliza Keith, both of Fort Myers, FL, and was the younger sister of the late James Keith Bower of Fort Myers, FL. She departed this earthly life on Tuesday, November 29, 2022, at the age of 72.
She is survived by her husband Earl Ray Willard of Port Charlotte, FL and her dog Charley;her siblings, brother Gregory Bower of Starks, LA (wife Debi), sister Shelly Bower Matzick of Fort Myers, FL, sister Carice Bower Hedman of Fort Myers, FL (husband Don), and half-brother Dennis Bower of Fort Collins, CO (wife Eva), and many nieces and nephews; her children: Stephanie Cimato See of Fort Myers, FL (husband, Alex, daughters Hailey and Emma); Suzie Cimato of Los Angeles, CA; Vincent Cimato of Fort Myers, FL (wife Rebecca, daughters Isabella and Emilia), and Chip Campbell, of Bristow, VA (wife Laura, daughter Jordan, son Jacob);
and her step-children: Eddie McDonald of Cheyenne, WY (daughter Brooke - deceased, sons Afton, Bryce and Ryan); Trudy Kalthof of Deland, FL (daughter Kristen and son Zack); Ryan Willard of Cheyenne, WY - deceased; Melissa Hollingshead of Cheyenne, WY(sons Brandon, Justin, Steven and Andrew); and 12 great grandchildren.
Andrea was born in Denver, Colorado, and spent her younger years in Mississippi. From there, she moved to Fort Myers, FL, graduated from Fort Myers High School in 1968, and attended Mercer University in Macon, GA.
After attending school, she became a loving mother to her children. She spent time living in Sanibel, FL, and various cities around Florida, eventually settling back in Fort Myers.
In 1995 Andrea met Earl and they were married in 1997 and resided in Port Charlotte for over twenty years. While in Port Charlotte, Andrea volunteered at a local rehab center and enjoyed advocating for mental health and speaking about mood disorders. She cherished her time there while helping others cope while sharing her struggles and life stories.
Andrea also enjoyed drawing, painting, writing stories, visiting friends and family, and spending time with her beloved dog, Charley. One of her favorite songs was, “You Are My Sunshine”, and loved to sing it and be sung to by Earl.
Andrea was a faithful woman, who loved to share with others the relationship she had with her Savior, and eternal life in Jesus Christ. She would love to be remembered with funny and happy stories that celebrate what was good and blessed in her life.
In lieu of flowers or gifts Andrea would be honored to have donations sent to: NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) https://donate.nami.org/