We regret to announce the death at Noric House on Feb. 18, 2010 of our beloved mother, grandmother and great grandmother, Florrie Margaret Knox, at age 86 following a brief illness.
She passed away peacefully with her family at her side.
Florrie was born Oct. 5, 1923, on a homestead at the base of Bluenose Mountain in Lavington, the third of five surviving children to pioneer family Charles and Sophia Portman.
She moved to Vernon at the age of six with her family to a Coldstream Avenue house that Charles converted from a barn, which remains standing to this day. She attended school in Vernon and graduated from Park School (in Polson Park) in 1941.
As a teen, Florrie met and fell in love with Bill Knox. She did her part for the war effort by working at Bulman’s Cannery, was a finalist in the Miss Vernon pageant and was an excellent softball player.
Florrie and Bill were married on Nov. 6, 1945, and, together, they raised four children. Family was everything to Florrie. Extended family would often come and stay for short periods of time, as would friends of her kids. There would always be room in the small houses on Mission Hill and where Okanagan Spring Brewery now stands, and there was always plenty of food to eat because she loved cooking and baking.
Following her husband’s death in 1975, Florrie lived on her own, helping to raise her youngest child, and she selflessly looked after the needs of her parents and her brother up until their respective deaths. She spent her entire life in the North Okanagan with the exception of two years that she lived with her daughter in Penticton in 2005 and 2006.
Florrie is survived by her four children: Jim (Betty) of Quesnel; Diane (Doug) Anderson of Penticton; Don (Lynn) of Vernon; and Roger of Vernon. She is also survived by 16 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, her sister, Anne Addison of Nanaimo, brother-in-law Al Newfield of Vernon, sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Olive and Lyle Berg of Osoyoos, sister-in-law Barb Kilner of West Kelowna as well as many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband, Bill, her parents, sisters Joan Newfield and Dora Newfield and brother Jim.
Funeral services for Florrie will be held on Friday, Feb. 26, at 1 p.m. at Pleasant Valley Funeral Home in Vernon (4303 Pleasant Valley Road) with Doug Anderson officiating. A public viewing will be held from 12:15-12:45 p.m. Florrie will be buried with Bill’s ashes in the family plot at the Vernon Cemetery immediately following the service. A reception with light refreshments will then follow at Pleasant Valley Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Florrie’s memory to the Alzheimer Society of British Columbia.
The family is grateful to the staff of Vernon Restholm, and the staff and wonderful nurses on the McAlpine Ward at Noric House for looking after Florrie, and making her final years and days as comfortable as possible. We are also grateful to Drs. McLeod and Smart for all the care they have given Florrie over the years.