Beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Florence Marguerite Worthing went into the loving embrace of her husband of 45 years F. Donald Worthing (1993), the waiting arms of her parents, Ralph (1933) and Frances (1937) Young and her brother Fred Young (1993), on May 25, 2005 while visiting family in Qualicum Beach, BC.
Flo’s children Lynn (Greg) Moore, Vernon, BC, Craig (Maureen) Worthing, White Rock, BC, and Penny Wade, Qualicum Beach, BC had the honour of being by her side to lift her spirit on it’s way. She also leaves 8 grandchildren, Holly Roberts (Vernon), Kristie (Vernon) and Danny (Edmonton) Moore, Shannon (New Zealand), Jay and Mark Worthing (White Rock), Mitchell (Nanaimo) and Stewart (Ft. St. John) Forrest as well as 4 great grandchildren, Lindsey Roberts, Madison, Caylen and Hayleigh Forrest. She was very fond of her niece Joan and nephew Jock, cousins Betty Downing and Bob Faulkner, and sister in law Anne Young.
Life began for Flo in Vancouver BC on November 11, 1920. After graduating from King Edward High School in 1939 she attended Pitman Business College and from there went on to work at the Vancouver Province and Vancouver Sun Newspapers during the years of the Second World War. Many a time she regaled us with stories of the staff sleeping on the floors while awaiting impending news of the war.
She and Don were married in Vancouver in 1947 and began their life together in Woodlands BC on Burrard Inlet. Later they began raising a family of three children in Deep Cove, BC. Moving to Penticton in 1955, Flo once again set typewriters to tapping and filling steno pads with the hieroglyphics of Pitman Shorthand. She would use that talent all her life to write indecipherable notes to herself (i.e. Christmas gift lists) while leaving the rest of her family frustratingly puzzled. She worked in the offices of the ILMA, the legal firm of Boyle & Co., the chartered accountant firm of Debrisay Hack, and as a BC Government employee in the Human Resources and Fish & Wildlife Departments where she was known to take a curious grandchild to see what fascinating creatures might be in the deep freezer. Flo later transferred to the Fish and Wildlife office in Vernon where she and Don commenced to build their beautiful log home on the west side of Okanagan Lake. Flo retired and they spent many wonderful years in their lakeshore home. Later times brought Flo and Don to live in town closer to amenities. After Don’s passing she lived at Columbus Court in Vernon, B.C. and most recently at Vernon Restholm.
Anything to do with music was loved by Flo. Always a holder of Okanagan Symphony and Community Concert season’s tickets, she found these events to be food for her soul. She played the piano from a young age and even decided to take lessons again at the Vernon School of Music in her 70’s. She sang in the Penticton chapter of Sweet Adeline’s and more recently with the Schubert Choir in Vernon. In between those years she joined the Schubert Line dancers and kicked up her heels in her favorite cowboy boots. Flo is perhaps best remembered in Vernon as a Tai Chi instructor at the Vernon Taoist Tai Chi Centre where she was a founding (1982) member of the club. At the time of her passing, Flo was still practicing Taoist Tai Chi, singing with the Schubert singers, lawn bowling and enjoying weekly gatherings as a member of the Stroke Club.
Flo’s final three days were spent in the Palliative Care Unit of the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital where the doctors and nurses who cared for her with such respect, dignity, dedication and excellence earned the everlasting gratitude of her family.
Although her passing has left a void, we know she is overjoyed to be reunited with those she loved and missed for so many years. A gathering to honour and celebrate the life of Flo Worthing will be held at the Schubert Centre on Sunday, June 12 at 1:00 pm. Those wishing to do so may send donations in her memory to the Vernon Restholm Association, 2808 35 St. Vernon, BC, V1T 6B5, a non-profit, non-government, assisted living residence for seniors where Flo spent her last years.
“I’ll Remember You Always.”