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Son remembers elderly parents who died in crash

SUN CITY CENTER — They left this world the way they came into it. Together.

Marjorie and Robert Blue, visitors from Indiana and husband and wife for 60 years, died in a crash on U.S. 301 Wednesday morning. They were both 81, both born July 22, 1928.

"I think it was pretty fitting," said their tearful 55-year-old son, Greg Blue, from his home in Wisconsin.

Blue said his parents came to Florida nearly every winter from their rural home in Rochester. They liked to relax in the warm weather, play cards and socialize.

They stayed with a friend and borrowed his Chevy Blazer when they wanted to go somewhere.

Greg Blue said he felt concerned about his elderly parents behind the wheel, but then again, "I'm 55 years old and I get scared for myself driving.

"What a world it would be if we all just slowed down and looked out for others," he said.

The Florida Highway Patrol said it happened like this:

Mr. Blue was heading south on U.S. 301 near Sun City Center in the 2000 Blazer when he turned left into the path of a northbound truck The collision caused the Blazer to flip.

The Blues and the truck's driver, 38-year-old Jinger Marino, were taken to Tampa General Hospital. Mr. and Mrs. Blue died.

Mr. Blue was a railroad man, his son said, and worked as a clerk for Norfolk Southern. Mrs. Blue stayed at home with the kids and sold Avon on the side. They went to church every Sunday and listened to Christian music at home.

When Mr. Blue retired, the couple spent a lot of time camping and playing cards or socializing with new friends. They watched classic movies.

But what they enjoyed the most, Blue said, was vacationing in Florida.

Son remembers elderly parents who died in crash 03/04/10 [Last modified: Friday, March 5, 2010 8:25am]
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