Florence Marie (Bales) Chute(1954 - 2013)

Florence Marie (Bales) Chute

Auburn, WA

Florence ended her brief but courageous battle with cancer on March 19, 2013, to be with Christ. When she entered the hospital, she prayed for peace, and her prayer was answered.

Born in Greenville SC on May 30, 1954, she grew up around the world as an "Air Force Brat". She later earned her undergraduate degree from Northeast Louisiana University in Monroe, followed by a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Georgia. She moved with her husband to Auburn, WA in 1990 and later retired from Boeing in September 2012 after 20 years of service.

She dedicated herself to serving Messiah Lutheran Church in Auburn, WA. Her volunteer includes the Stephen Ministry, Art Committee, Altar Guild, and Funeral Ministry, Advent and Spring Luncheons, ALPHA Dinners, and Summer Breakfasts. She enjoyed decorating for church events, creating slides for Sunday services, ushering, and participating in her Bible study group. She also relished hosting visitors at the Historic Elbe Lutheran Church. She was a member of the Philanthropic Educational Organization (P.E.O). She loved scrapbooking, gardening, bargain hunting and enjoying every moment with her grandchildren. She was devoted to her cats Saffron, Sassy, Mimi, Charlie, Raritie, Shadowme2 and now Sgt Joe Friday.

In addition to her husband, Leon, Florence left behind her father, Joseph Bales; brothers Douglas, William, and David Bales; sisters-in-law Mary, Tandy, Anne, and Mary Ellen Bales; stepsons Michael and Tony Chute; daughters-in-law Denise and Connie Chute; grandchildren Martika, Amos and Joelle; Uncle Joe Burdette; Aunts Mary Beth Burdette and Jo Graber; and nephews and nieces Matthew, Louise, Robert, Joseph, Daniel, Brian, Breanna, Heather, and Tiffany. She was predeceased by her mother, Ellen Bales, her brother, Robert Bales and grandparents Joel and Bertha Burdette.

Memorial Services will be held in Auburn, WA at Messiah Lutheran Church on April 6, 2013 at 11:00 AM and in Pelzer, SC at Washington Baptist Church with internment on April 13, 2013 at 1:00 PM. Donations may be made to the Messiah Lutheran Church Endowment Fund.

Published in The Greenville News on Mar. 31, 2013