Gladys Florence 1934-2017

Gladys Florence 1934-2017

Gladys L. “Sunshine” (Bowser) Florence, 82, passed away Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, at Midland Hospice House.

Gladys was born Dec. 11, 1934, in Holton, to Hazel Marie (Thomas) Bowser. She accepted Jesus into her heart at 12 years old at the Evangelical United Brethren Church in Holton. Gladys graduated from Harveyville High School.

While a senior in high school she met Bob Florence Jr. and they married on Dec. 14, 1952. Together they had four children. Bob and Gladys loved to travel the world with their family and friends. Gladys’ favorite travels were Rome, Italy and Spain. After all their travels together her favorite place was home.

As a mother, she was a Cub Scout and Girl Scout Leader. Gladys loved to garden, paint, sew, cook, and entertain. She enjoyed making her house a home. Gladys enjoyed playing the piano for relaxation and loved music in general. She enjoyed in her later years going to the YMCA and Jazzercise with her daughter. Gladys belonged to a card group for many years. She loved her Kansas Sports and back road country drives. Gladys was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

She is survived by her four children, Stacy (Debbie) Florence, Mamie (Nick) Reilly, Adam (Laurie) Florence and Mary Grace (Kim Bruce) Bettis; 11 grandchildren, Bobby, Abe, Grace, Melissa, Riley, Elijah, Joshua, Noah, Adin, Casey and Brian; five great-grandchildren, Isaac, Kain, Scarlett, Violett and Slayde; and one sister, Peggy Thompsen.

Gladys was preceded in death on Feb. 12, 2006, by her husband, Bobby; mother; and five siblings.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, at Penwell-Gabel Mid-Town Chapel, 1321 S.W. 10th Ave., Topeka. A private family inurnment will take place at a later date at Emmanuel Cemetery, Berryton.

Memorial contributions may be made to Midland Care, 200 S.W. Frazier Circle, Topeka, KS 66606; Cotton O’Neil Cancer Center, 1414 S.W. Eighth Ave., Topeka, KS 66606; Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 3625 S.W. Wanamaker Road, Topeka, KS 66614; or the Salvation Army, 1320 S.E. Sixth Ave., Topeka, KS 66607.

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Holton, KS 66436
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