Florence Gertrude English passed away peacefully at Winchester District Memorial Hospital on Wednesday, May 29, with her family by her side. She was 97 years old.
Born on December 28, 1915, in Iroquois, Ontario, to Richard Whittle and Martha (Roberts), Florence was the third eldest in a family of 15. She was predeceased by her parents at an early age.
Florence attended public and high school in Iroquois. She graduated Normal School in 1935, in Ottawa, at which time she began her teaching career in a one room school house in Iroquois. During this time, she met her future husband, Oreon English.
The two were married on June 27, 1941, in Morrisburg, at which time they moved to the English Homestead on English Road, Iroquois.
Florence continued teaching while Oreon farmed, but it was not unusual to see Florence by his side helping with the farm
Florence had a great passion for music. She was an accomplished organist and pianist. She sang in the Iroquois United Church choir and taught the junior choir. She sang at numerous weddings in the area.
Florence retired from teaching May 18, 1976, which gave her more time to pursue her other hobbies, especially her research of the Roberts and Whittle family trees.
She was well known for her needle point and crocheting.
On June 12, 1979, Florence became a member of the United Empire Loyalists.
Upon Oreon’s death in 1996, Florence sold the farm and moved to Iroma Apartments in Iroquois, where she resided for 17 years. There she made many new friends.
In November 2012, Florence moved to the Hartford Retirement Home in Morrisburg. Although she was there for a short period of time, she enjoyed her stay.
A celebration of Florence’s life took place at Marsden McLaughlin Funeral Home in Iroquois, on Friday, May 31, 2013, with the Rev. Janet Evans officiating.
Florence was predeceased by her husband and parents as well as seven brothers and five sisters.
She is survived by sisters Luella Charbot and Kathline Runions and by her sister-in-law Iris Bryant. She will also be fondly remembered by several nieces and nephews.
Pall bearers were Florence’s six nephews, John MacMillan, Ralph Duvall, Kevin Duvall, David Whittle, Scott Payne and Robert Jones.
Intermet followed at the United Cemetery in Iroquois.