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Mrs. Florence Brooks (Crotty) Douglas


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Mrs. Florence Brooks (Crotty) Douglas Obituary
Florence Crotty Douglas, pianist, baker, reader, international traveler, bird watcher, Christian Scientist, wife and mother died October 5th in Hillsdale. She was preceded in death by her husband Robert, and will be mourned by her 4 children, 5 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, and anyone who remembers her fruit pies.

Florence Brooks Crotty was the second child born to Willard and Catherine Crotty in 1931 in Detroit. Her father later started Crotty Corporation in Jonesville, then Quincy, Michigan, a manufacturing business that employed many in the family and their children. Florence thought it a blessing that she and her children lived all of her life within an easy drive of her sisters, Patsy Lindeman, Christine Morrison, brother Bill Crotty, Jr., and their families.

Florence graduated summa cum laude from Jonesville High School and attended the University of Michigan where she studied the piano at its prestigious music school. She left school to marry Robert C. Douglas, a Canadian on June 7, 1952. They met at Lake St. Clair when he rescued her from his dog, Tinker. They settled in Windsor, Ontario. Two children, Bob Jr. and Julie, were born in Windsor. In 1955 the young family moved to Coldwater so Bob could work for his father-in-law at Crotty Corp. Two more children, Amy and Ted were born in Coldwater.

Florence was a busy mother and wife who never gave up her piano and practiced mercilessly to prepare for performances at the Fortnightly Music Club with her two-piano partner, Doris King. Her children grew up in a home steeped in music, a life-long passion - within six months of her death Florence was still accompanying her children on her grand piano playing the songs of Cole Porter. Daughter Amy Luke carries on the tradition as a music teacher and performer in Arizona.

On her husband's retirement in 1996 the couple bought a second home in Florida where Florence received awards from the Audubon Society for her 15-year devotion to eagle's nests near her Port Charlotte home. Her neighbors called her "the Eagle Lady" when they saw her walk out daily to cover the one-mile circuit to the nests.

When her husband died in 2013 Florence carried on in the family home in Coldwater missing her husband. Six months before her death, Florence moved to Drew's Place in Hillsdale, close to her daughter Julie Helenhouse, son, Ted Douglas, sister Christine Morrison and the Hillsdale Church of Christ Science, which she attended for more than fifty years. The family wishes to thank the staff of Drew's Place, and Southern Care Hospice for their loving care of Florence in Hillsdale.
Published in The Hillsdale Daily News from Oct. 28 to Oct. 29, 2016
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