Florence Craft

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Florence Ruth (Trotter) Craft

October 17, 1922 - August 26, 2014

Florence Ruth (Trotter) Craft passed away on August 26th in Keizer. She was born on Oct. 17, 1922 in Dawson, Minnesota, the second child and only daughter to Ruth McLean Trotter and Lane Trotter.

After high school, Florence continued her education at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota where she earned her RN degree.

In 1947 she met Clarence Henry (Kelly) Craft as he was completing his education at the University of Minnesota after serving in the Army Air Corps during WWII. They were married in 1948. The newlyweds boarded a westbound train and moved to Portland, where Kelly had taken with Burroughs Corp.

While in Portland, Florence and Kelly started a family, with their son, Robert and daughter, Mary. In 1954 the family moved to Salem where their son Donald was born.

Florence's nursing career was spent at Salem Hospital, General Unit on Center Street. She was a very caring and efficient nurse, working with patients post surgery. She loved her work and looked forward to going to the hospital.

In 1969 Salem Memorial Hospital and Salem General Hospital merged and Florence moved to the Salem Hospital site where she worked until her retirement in 1992 at the age of 71.

As an avid reader, Florence was a regular at the Salem library where she selected a shopping bag of books every two weeks. When she moved from her home in Keizer to Willamette Lutheran Home she donated over 500 of her personal collection to the Friends of the Library. The travel bug bit Florence and she began exploring the world in 1969. Her goal was to set foot on every continent. She only missed Antarctica and visited more than 30 countries. Her travels also included many parts of the United States to visit friends, family and see sights that she was curious about.

Florence was preceded in death by her parents, her older brother Don Trotter, and her husband, Kelly. Her brothers Lane Trotter of Carmel, California and Ralph Trotter of Kerrville, Texas survive her. She is also survived by her three children, Bob (Bonnie) Craft of Salem, Mary (Brad) Jannelli of Roseburg, and Don (Connie) Craft of Salem. She has seven grandchildren and seven (soon to be eight) great-grandchildren.

Florence will be laid to rest next to her husband at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, A private family service will precede her burial.

The family would like to thank the kind, attentive staff at Willamette Lutheran Home for the care and love they gave to Florence during her years there.

Published in StatesmanJournal on Aug. 31, 2014
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