Flo Hannah

Houston, Texas

1948 - 2018


Houston, Texas


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Flo Lain Hannah
Flo Lain Hannah passed away at home on January 10, 2018, after a battle with cancer. She was born in Galveston on April 17, 1948, to James William and Flora Ferguson Lain.
Proud of her Galveston heritage but raised in both Galveston and Houston, she graduated from Memorial High School, received an undergraduate degree from the University of Texas, and earned a Master of Science degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences from Texas A&M University in 2000 at the age of 52. Flo found great joy in expressing her creativity through painting, pottery and graphic design, but she ultimately found her true passion in the prairie. A great steward for the environment and the Upper Texas Gulf Coast, Flo did meaningful and valuable work in native prairie plant restoration through her role at Houston Audubon, her own impressive nursery of Gulf Coast Prairie plants, and her involvement with several local nature conservancies. Her tireless work for the environment, her positive attitude, her love of the outdoors, and her independent and forthright nature are evident in the lifelong friendships she leaves behind. A wonderful wife, mother, and friend, she will be missed by many. Flo's extensive knowledge of native plants and grasses, her wisdom, and her passion for conservation will live on in nurseries, pocket prairies, and sanctuaries throughout the Upper Texas Gulf Coast.
Preceded in death by her parents, she is survived by her husband of 39 years, Douglas Hannah, her daughters Catherine Hannah Brown and husband Thomas, Sarah Ferguson Hannah, and Emily Hannah Coulter and husband Aaron, and her grandchildren John and Ruby Brown, and Annie, Eleanor, and Patrick Coulter. She is also survived by her sister Dana Lain, stepmother Joyce Lain, step-sisters Catherine and Jamie Black, and numerous loving in-laws, nieces, and nephews.
There will be a private graveside service at Glenwood Cemetery. A memorial service will be held at Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church, 11612 Memorial Drive, Houston, Texas 77024 at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, January 16th, with a reception to follow.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Flo's name to Houston Audubon (houstonaudubon.org), the Coastal Prairie Partnership (PrairiePartner.org), or the Katy Prairie Conservancy (katyprairie.org) to continue her work in native prairie restoration.

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Please accept my heartfelt condolences to the Hannah family and friends for the passing of your dear loved one. Losing a loved one in death is never easy. One day many will have the opportunity to live again. May the hope of everlasting life sustain and comfort you during this difficult time (John 17:3). When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure in your heart and it lives forever. May the wonderful treasures fill your hearts with love and bring you peace.

Flo I will miss your beautiful smile.
Clare Moore

Dear Hannah family
Steve and I are so sorry for the loss of your incredible Mother. May God give you peace in the moments and memories you shared. Love and prayers. Liz Jacobs

So sad that Flo died. She was a great giver to the community, and definitely died before her time.

We have lost Flo in this world but heaven has gained! God created the world and Flo helped to protect and preserve it. I am making a donation to Houston Audubon in her name.

In memory:

Tom Smith

To Flo's family and to all who were close to her, I offer my deepest condolences. Her legacy will live on in the wildscapes we create and that we help others create. She is a model for us of someone who decides to make a difference and then sets about doing that thoroughly and effectively and with humanity. May her memory be not just a comfort but also an inspiration to all of us.
In Deepest Sympathy,

Flo was great. It was a privilege to have known her. There are so many plants in my yard that were either grown by or collected with her. She will be living in my yard and heart forever. My deepest sympathies for her family

Dear girls,
I am so very sorry to read about your mother. She was a beautiful and amazing woman. Although she had many accomplishments, her best was raising three wonderful young girls.
I so wish I could be with you for her service but am unable to be there. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Deborah Cate

My deepest condolences to the entire family.
I had the utmost pleasure of sharing prairie plant hours with Flo - collecting and growing over the last few years. She loved to share her knowledge and enthusiasm for native prairie plants and I am very grateful for the times we shared. She will be sorely missed.
Love and best wishes