MONAHANS, TX. -
We said good-bye to our beautiful, perfect mother when Jesus took her home on June 28, 2014. Patsy Rae Crook Florence was born to Raymond and Mary Gwendolyn (DeLay) Crook on June 6, 1925 in Texarkana, Texas.
She married her one true love, John Reagan Florence Jr., on January 30, 1943 in Grand Prairie, Texas. From there, they enjoyed a "15 year honeymoon" (as she once put it), living in several different places, traveling and making many friends before settling in Boulder, Colorado where their first daughter, Candice Rae, was born. John Reagan then accepted a job with General Motors in Indianapolis, Indiana, where their second daughter, Stacey Lee, was born.
After losing her husband of 25 years, Pat (as she was known by many) and her 2 daughters moved to Raymondville, Texas to be near family and friends. Everyone there welcomed her with open arms, which was never forgotten. She was offered a job as Assistant Librarian at the high school, where she worked for 11 years.
After both girls graduated from high school, she accepted a position as Head Resident (dorm mother) at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas, where she lovingly earned the name of "Ma Flo" and held this endeared title for 14 years. She loved and cared about all of "her" boys and girls, and talked about them often. She had such fond memories of those years and loved getting letters and Christmas cards from them.
After retiring in 1993 she moved to Austin, Texas then subsequently to Monahans, Texas, to be near her daughters and grandchildren.
Pat is preceded in death by her parents and husband.
Left to cherish her memory are her two daughters: Candy Roeber (Doug) of Monahans, TX and Stacey Florence of Austin, TX; three grandchildren: Heather Rae Salinas of Austin, TX, Elizabeth Nichole Roeber and John Douglas Roeber both of Monahans, TX. Nieces and nephews: James Reagan and Nadine Branham of Troup, TX, Claudia and Don McIntosh of Harlingen, TX, Jerry and Kaye Florence of McAllen, TX, Neva and Ron Risica of Edinburg, TX and Reagan and Tracey Florence of Harlingen, TX, as well as numerous great nieces and nephews.
Pat was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She had a fun and caring nature, always wanting to make people laugh and never meeting a stranger. She loved Big Band music and her younger years were spent on the dance floor. And there will never be another person who loves dogs as much as she did.
There is not enough room to list the many people whose lives she touched. Her strength as a single mother will always be admired as we never wanted for anything, especially love and attention. She was our biggest fan and loved all of our friends. Life will be hard without her, but blessed because of her.
Visitation will begin today Wednesday July 2 at 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. with family accepting friends from 6pm to 8 pm at Good Shepherd Funeral Home. 1157 W. Hidalgo Raymondville, Texas 78580. (956)689-0600
Funeral services to celebrate our Mother's life will be he held Thursday 9:00 am at the First United Methodist Church in Raymondville and will be officiated by Pastor Michael Fickenscher. 192 S. 3rd. St. Raymondville, Texas 78580
A funeral procession will lead us to Mom's final place of rest in the Raymondville Memorial Park Cemetery.
Honored to serve as pallbearers are Ron Risica, Reagan Florence, John Roeber, Rolly Correa, Bob Dorow, Eddie Gomez, Dale Roberts, and Jerry Florence.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the caring hands of Good Shepherd Funeral Home.
Published in Valley Morning Star on July 2, 2014