Flora died peacefully on Feb, 28, 2013, at the age of 98 following an extended battle with old age.
She was born in the rural mountainous region of Southeastern Kentucky on May 19, 1914. Flo was the daughter of Matt and Perlina Valentine. She was the 11th of 12 children and was predeceased by all her siblings. Flo was educated in a one-room schoolhouse in Leslie County, Ky., and boarding school at The Witherspoon College in Buckhorn, Ky.
She married James Rant Napier in 1936. They made their home in Hazard, Ky., until the outbreak of World War II. In 1942 they moved to Baltimore, Md., to work at Glenn L. Martin Company. Flo worked as a Rosie Riveter assembling B-26 and B-29 bombers until the end of the war.
After victory over Japan, Flo and Jim decided to celebrate by taking an extended vacation in their aluminum travel trailer. While driving through St. Augustine, Fla., they had a flat tire. Due to a shortage of car tires, they were forced to wait six weeks for a replacement. They never left St. Augustine.
Flo was the proud mother of three children, James Rant Jr., who died as a two-year-old toddler, Betty Ann Burch (Mike) of Margate, Fla., and Bill (Mary Ann) of Jacksonville, Fla.
Flo was a superb mother and was very involved in many aspects of her children"s lives. She was a Sunday school teacher, homeroom mother, Vacation Bible School teacher and a volunteer with Campfire Girls and Rainbow Girls (serving as mother advisor).
She was active in Eastern Star and Amaranth, serving as Worthy Matron.
Following the death of Jim in 1972, Flo managed Napier Body Shop in St. Augustine for 20 years.
In 1984 she married Arthur Schwarz of Ormond Beach, Fla. Together they traveled the United States and Europe extensively. Art passed away in 2009.
Flo was predeceased by her grandson, Rocky Napier. She is survived by her granddaughter, Denise Fountain (Scott) of Orange Park, Fla., grandson, Christopher Burch of Tallahassee, Fla., great-grandson, Ryland Fountain of Orange Park; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Visitation will be held at Craig Funeral Home from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5, 2013. Funeral services to be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 6, 2013, at Craig Funeral Home. Graveside services will follow at Evergreen Cemetery. A reception will be held by Frank and Helen DiMare at their home.
Craig Funeral Home www.craigfuneralhome.com is in charge of the arrangements.