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FLORENCE M. HEATH, 80, of Albion, passed away on Sunday, April 14, 2013, 8:15 a.m., at Parkview Noble Hospital. Born July 14, 1932, in Decatur, Adams County, she was a daughter of Nelson W. and Ida E. (Busch) Lahrman. She graduated from New Haven High School with the Class of 1951. On Aug. 9, 1952, she married Richard Elmer Heath at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne. She lived in Allen County, moving to Whitley County, in 1972. She worked at Plaza Cleaning Village Center, Columbia City for seven years, S&L Truck Stop for five years and first shift cook at Sammy's Place, Fort Wayne. She enjoyed crossword puzzles and spending time with her family. Survivors include her three daughters, Patricia R. Colvin and Eileen M. Heath, both of Columbia City, and Beatrice S. Heath of Villa Grove, Ill.; a son, Richard A. Heath of W. Vermountville, Mich.; brother, Ralph Lahrman of New Haven; brother-in-law, Everett S. Weaver of Florida; 17 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Richard Elmer Heath, in 2008; daughter, Bonnie R. Heath, in 1971; sisters, Rose Weaver and Nina Lahrman; and great-granddaughter, Heaven Swick. Funeral service is 10 a.m. Friday, April 19, 2013, at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City. Visitation is from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 18, 2013, at the funeral home. Certified Funeral Celebrant Sharon Brockhaus officiating with burial at Covington Memorial Gardens. Memorials may be given in memory of Mrs. Heath to her final expense account c/o the funeral home. To send family condolences or sign the guest register book, please visit

Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on Apr. 16, 2013