It is with great heartache that we announced the passing of Florence Freeman on February 22, 2021 at the Crowsnest Pass Continuing Care Center, Blairmore, AB. She was blessed with 92 years of a full and meaningful life.
Born in High River, AB on October 28, 1928 to Jack and Jessie Sutherland, Florence was the youngest of seven children. She was raised on the family farm just east of High River, AB and, like many born in that era, she rode a horse to a small country school. She also took piano, theory and was a 4H Club member. On June 30, 1948, Florence married Harry Freeman and took up residence in Nanton, AB until the family relocated to Passburg, AB. Here, she and Harry had a small hobby farm where they raised purebred Hereford cattle and bred Bluetick Hounds. Florence moved to Calgary, AB in the mid-70s where she completed an LPN course. She then went on to work at the Calgary General Hospital for sixteen years.
Florence wasn’t one to be idle and she kept very busy with her huge garden, sewing outfits for her family, making costumes, knitting, and playing at weddings, anniversaries and for Saturday night entertainment with her old-timers’ orchestra. She was also an active member of the Rebekah Lodge in Nanton, AB and the Ladies’ Auxiliary of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 19, Bellevue. Over the years, Florence travelled to many points in Canada, the USA and Mexico, with her big adventure being a solo trip to the Philippines where she took in much of their culture. Her family was her pride and joy, and she treasured every moment spent with them. Florence’s was a life well-lived, and precious memories of her will remain with us forever.
Left to mourn her passing and celebrate her life are her daughters, Leona (Charlie) Luini and Sherry (Jeff) Williams; her grandchildren, Kristopher Makin, Quentin (Judy) Makin, Robin Luini and Garry (Whitney) Luini; her great grandchildren, Brandon Luini, Griffin Luini, Gia Luini, John Makin, Sarah Makin and Walker Makin; her sister, Loreen Hamilton of Airdrie, AB; as well as numerous nieces and nephews and extended family.
She was predeceased by her husband, Harry Freeman; her parents, Jack and Jessie Sutherland; and her siblings, Roy, Earl, Joe, Wilson and Madellyn.
A Graveside Service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations will be gratefully accepted by the MS Society of Canada (www.mssociety.ca), or by the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation (www.childrenshospital.ab.ca). Condolences may be registered at www.fantinsfuneralchapel.ca.
Fantin’s Funeral Chapel entrusted with the arrangements. (403) 562-8555
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