Ms. England is a very fond memory of our brief life in Oxnard. She was not only a force of her own, but she was Barbara's mother. My mother -- as well as the rest of the Hammond family -- will be deeply saddened to learn of her passing. She was a very generous and beautiful woman and when my mother and I last visited, she was showing us her wonderful paintings and her new walker with the brakes that she used to walk to church. We are so sorry to have missed the service in her memory.
TO: Family of Florence including my cousins,Bob, Ted and Richard. I appreciated Florence's support of my daughter, Karin Lefeber Johnsey. She came to her debutante ball in high school, her college graduation and her wedding. Heather brought her to the graduation and Sandra to the wedding. She was kind and supportive of our family. She was a woman who was progressive in her thinking and actions obtaining a Ph.D. Later she was active in Job Corps. Helping others to have a better life. She was talented and studied art and became a fine artist. I was fortunate to have had her for my aunt. Loving thoughts stay with her now. Faith Lefeber
To Bob, Ted and Richard, please accept my condolences. I have many fond memories of visiting Aunt Florence and Uncle Fred, along with my mother,Helen, during the holidays and enjoyed their generous hospitality. She will be greatly missed.
Roger C. Ackert, nephew
Mrs. Florence England, better known to us as Grandma England, was a special person to my family. Grandpa and Grandma England first opened their home and hearts by sponsoring my father and three other soldiers after the Vietnam War. I remember going to their home as a child for many years around Christmas time for holiday dinner (my favorite dish was her apple mold salad), opening presents, and then we would put on a little musical show for them. Flickers of childhood memories flash through my mind as I remember her - the art room and the paintings, swimming in the pool, a dog somewhere in the background, the live Christmas tree in the living room covered in unique ornaments. Even as we grew up and went to college, we would visit her sometimes and catch her up on our lives, and she would tell us what she had been up to, such as learning karate and how she had a new mountain. Grandma England, even though she was advancing in her years and her body not as able, still managed to attend my wedding 4 years ago. As a pharmacist at Walmart, I continued to see her and her caretaker occasionally throughout the years as well. My family and I are saddened to hear about her passing, but grateful that she touched and enriched our lives. Our deepest condolences to the family.
(daughter of Ton and Kim Nguyen)
The passing of Florence England, or Grandma England as we called her, leaves us with mixed emotions. While saddened for our own personal loss, we are comforted with the knowledge that she is now with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She leaves behind not only many loved ones, but a legacy of service, independence, and faith that we can all be inspired by and strive for. We're sure she's up in heaven right now debating away with Grandpa England making up for lost time.
Our heartfelt condolences to the England Family during this difficult time.
Loved this wonderful women. She was one of my customers at the bank until I left in 98. We would laugh & talk all the time. May God bring peace to you all.
Florence was an inspiration to us senior women. Taking photography at the young age of 90. I met Florence as former president of AAUW and enjoyed listening to her stories about her life. Her husband Fred was my doctor back in 1958. Sorry to hear about your loss Ted.
To the England Family,
Please accept my condolences at this time of sorrow. I never had the chance to meet Mrs. England. But I have met her three sons and her husband Fred. What influence she had on them.
Kelvin Loh, MD
Mike and I send our sincere sympathies and condolences to all of the England family.
My condolences to the family. Florence Englad is an Ixnard icon. Her presence in the community will be greatly missed. She quietly and secretly helped many help themselves. Her generosity gave families a leg up, not a hand out.
Aunt Florence was my last living aunt. I would brag to others about her doctors degree in chemistry. Florence sister Helen died two years ago this Jan. at the age of 98, in Dekalb, Ill. who was just short of her nursing doctorate. Two sisters that graduated early in just about everything. My mother Hazel who was an artist died in Jan. of 97. Both Florence and uncle Fred meant alot to me. I did most of my schooling and growing up in Oxnard. I remember the time I heard about Florence when she was young and going to school in Vermillion and was taking chemistry, and one guy was always farting and Flrence and another guy lit a match. I quess she did not mind snakes either. Did not get to see her as much as I would have liked to, but I would call her. I remember Rhea H. Flrence would take Mother and I and friends some places. We never had a car in those days. I loved her, and she is up in heaven now with her family and uncle Fred. I did not know for sure until today that she had gone to be with the Lord. Best wishes to her family. Grace C. Gabrielsen
What an outstanding life of accomplishment she had. She served as a roll model in many career endeavors. She provided my wife Faith Gabrielsen Lefeber and her family with assistance and guidance in Oxnard, California. It was remarkable she was able to journey back to Norway with all her sisters while they were alive to revisit the Olsen roots and heritage. I admired her determination in her travels about the country. She was able to see my daughter graduate from high school in Phoenix,1995,and Trinity University in San Antonio, 1999, along with her eventual marriage in San Antonio, 2002 Her life was truly blessed with grace, kindness, and thoughtful consideration of others. It was my privilege to have known her on part of her journey and express this gratitude in areas that touched my family's. Now she rests with the angels.
My condolences to the family. I went to school with Grace Gabrielson her neice and Mrs. England took us to Pacific Ocean Park and her husband delivered my first child. My prayers are with the family during this time of sorrow.
Rhea (Holladay) Aubrey
My thoughts are with you at this sad time.
I didn't know the remarkable Florence England but I know her son,Ted. I send condolences. Doris Vernon, Camarillo