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Died peacefully in hospital on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 after a short illness. Flo was married to Earl (Nov. 2001) and together they had four children: Marilyn (Craig) Hotson in Winnipeg, Cheryl (Leonard) Forbes in Turks and Caicos Islands, Wendy (Scott) Paterson in Windsor, and Tom (Bev) Gibbons in London, Ontario. Flo was grandmother to the Hotson brothers, George (Amy), Ken (Allison) and Gary, the Forbes brothers, Aaron, Recas (MaryAnne), and Christopher, the Paton sisters Heather (Tim) and Cathy (Phil) and the Paterson siblings, Brad (Chaslyn), Kim (Luke), and Ian (Clea) and the Gibbons siblings, Lee, Beau (Lenita), Jennie (Dave) and Travis (Saya). Great Grandma Flossie or Sneezing Grandma was also proud of her eleven great grandchildren - Alyssa, Alex, Max, Charlotte, Emma, Devon, Aidan, Lily, Abigail, Henrik, and Oscar.
Forence was the daughter of Ada Carroll (Rockwell) and Herbert Rockwell. She had three brothers, Wally (Winnie), Lloyd (Elnora) and Charlie (Betty) Rockwell. Only Charlie and Betty are still alive. Her in-laws include Bert (Ellen) Gibbins and Ruth (Norm) Dearlove. Only Ellen remains. She also has many nieces and nephews.
Florence and Earl lived in many places across Canada from the Toronto area to Oakville, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Calgary, Dorset, and Bracebridge. They retired in Muskoka in 1979 where they had previously enjoyed many summers at their cottages. While they weren't keen on the mosquitoes in the spring, they loved the trees and lakes, walks in the woods, the fall colours, sitting on the deck, playing cribbage, going on picnics and family visits. Flo was especially keen on swimming wherever she lived, and if there wasn't a lake close by, she settled for the local pool. They always found a church to attend and made many good friends as they participated and helped out. In 2004, Flo moved to Windsor where she enjoyed her townhouse until a stroke eventually took her to Chateau Park Nursing Home. There she liked being able to sit outside and watch the boats go by and the geese as they grew from little gosslings into large birds.
Besides her family, Flo was passionate about knitting (bed socks in particular), dolls (especially Barbies), reading, and watching old favourites on T.V. like Little House on the Prairie. While in Windsor, she enjoyed her church and a wonderful group of women who dined out every Saturday night. In her earlier years she also liked sewing, canning, making jam, and baking apple pies.
Flo had a strong faith. She attended different churches growing up but settled in the Presbyterian Church. She was not afraid of death and looked forward to what was ahead for her as her time on this earth ran out. While she will be missed, she was the first to say she had lived a long and good life and couldn't ask for anything more.
Reception to follow