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FLORENCE MARIE (WILLETT) HEMPY May 2, 1930 - October 15, 2013 Marie received her Bachelor's degree from UCLA and Masters from UCSB, focusing on music and drama. Prior to moving to Riverside in 1960 she worked for the McClatchy Company in Sacramento and put on a radio program for children that was broadcast to the local schools. She was a partner in a successful silk-screen printing business, changed careers to selling real estate and eventually established Shelter West Realty with two other partners. She was involved in a number of community activities: Actor and director at Riverside Community Players, active member and past president of Soroptimist International and Victoria Avenue Forever. She also became a Master Gardener, specializing in succulents. For over forty years she was a member of the "Why Nots", a musical group that performed often throughout the city. Marie was an avid world traveler and skilled photographer. Marie is survived by her children, Daniel, David, Robert and five grandchildren. The family would like to thank those who supported her in her last days and suggest that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to ASPCA and/or Victoria Avenue Forever. There will be a private gathering to celebrate her life.


Published in Press-Enterprise on Oct. 25, 2013
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