Florence Willard

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Florence Louise Willard, 88, of Derrick City, went to be with her Heavenly Father Sunday (Aug. 3, 2014).
Born Sept. 6, 1925, in Dallas City, she was a daughter of Gilbert and Hattie Johnson Curtis.
She was a 1944 graduate of Otto High School.
On March 30, 1945 in Derrick City, she married Donald B. Willard who preceded her in death on  November 28, 2010.
A lifelong resident of the area, she retired as postmaster of the Derrick City Post Office in 1987, where she served for over 30 years.
She was a member of the Derrick City United Methodist Church, which is now part of Hill Memorial United Methodist Church. She was very active in the community churches, playing the piano and organ for many area congregations.
Along with her husband, she was a charter member of the Derrick City Volunteer Fire Department. She and her husband also played accordions for many area functions. She was a passionate gardener who in later years, enjoyed the rose gardens and botanicals provided by her youngest son Roy.
She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star in Duke Center. She was also a member and past officer of Women of the Moose, Bradford Desk and Derrick, Bradford Business and Professional Women's Club and the National Association of Retired Federal Employees.
Her greatest source of pride was her loving family and spending time with them. She will be greatly missed by her family who were blessed to have her in their lives.
Surviving are one daughter, Darlene Louise (Edward) Lyons, of Duke Center; two sons, Francis Burnett (Marilyn Kornacki) Willard of Lewis Run and Roy Gilbert Willard of Dearing, Ga.; six grandchildren, Dorette Lyons-McCracken, Donya Lyons-Mealy, Christy Clark, Crystal Willard, Matthew Willard, and Mark Willard; eight great-grandchildren, Gage Lyons McCracken, Colten McCracken, Tynan McCracken, D.J. Jamison, Brittany Jamison, Aiden Willard, Hattie Mealy and Tessla Mealy; one great-granddaughter, Ella Jamison; and one brother Francis "Frank" Curtis of Loveland Colo.
Family will be receiving friends from 3 to 6 p.m., Friday in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc., East Main Street, and again Saturday from 11 a.m. to noon in the Abundant Life Assembly of God Church, where funeral and committal services will be held at noon with Rev. Philip Palutro, pastor, officiating. Members of the Order of the Eastern Star will conduct a service on Friday at 5:30 p.m. in the funeral home. Burial will be in Pleasant Valley Cemetery in Hinsdale, N.Y.
Memorials, if desired, may be made to a .
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Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.
372 East Main Street
Bradford, PA 16701
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Published in The Bradford Era from Aug. 7 to Aug. 14, 2014
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