Florence floated gently away the morning of Thursday, November 19, 2009 surrounded by the love of her family: Eva, John and Alice, Amelia, Cathleen, Sean, Meghan and Bjorn, Darwin, Pam and baby and many extended family members and friends. In the garden of humanity Florence was a flower: sweet, vibrant, colourful, gentle and fragrant with love.
Born in Winnipeg, she was the fourth child of Ruben and Eva Nix. She began work at age 15: first as a typist, later as a secretary and eventually as an executive secretary. She learned to play the piano on her own and began to paint. Moving to Toronto in the 1940’s, she met her future husband there – handsome Norwegian Airman, Lieutenant Harald Strom. The Norwegian Airforce trained there during the war. After the war, she moved to Norway and married Harald. There they had 3 children, Eva, Solveig Elizabeth (born prematurely, she died at age 7 months) and John. Florence returned to Canada with her family in 1952 to Carberry, Manitoba and shortly afterwards to Winnipeg. She was a working mother, a strong participant in the Home and School Association, and active in the community. Harald died in 1976 and as a widow she continued to work for a number of years, participating actively with her grandchildren and community activities and continuing with her arts and crafts. Florence moved to Vernon in 1996. Here she enjoyed life as an active senior. Gradually slowing down, she lived with Eva for 4 years and finally spent the last chapter of her life at Noric House. At 97 years of age, her passing marks the end of an era, as she was the last of her siblings: Vincent, Jack, Margaret, Slade and Alice. A heartfelt thank you goes to the kind and caring staff at Noric House.
In celebration of her life and in remembrance, please join her family and friends at the Vernon Funeral Home at 11:00am on Monday, November 23, 2009. Interment to follow at Pleasant Valley Cemetery. Funeral arrangements by the Bahá’ís of Vernon. Flowers welcome or in lieu of flowers please make a donation to the charity of your choice.