Florence Kernan

KERNAN, FLORENCE WHITE (SUZY), died peacefully at St. Joseph of the Pines Nursing Center in Southern Pines, North Carolina, on 21 October 2012.

Born 27 August 1918 to Frank and Mary White of Philadelphia, PA, Suzy had one brother, Joe, who preceded her in death. Upon completion of nursing school, Suzy joined the U.S. Army Nurse Corps during World War II and was assigned to England where she met her future husband, then Major William F. Kernan. They were married in Southampton, England on 27 April 1945 after which Suzy returned to the States, was discharged as a First Lieutenant and continued her education at Incarnate Word College in San Antonio, Texas, until the war ended and her husband returned stateside. It was then that they began an exciting and rewarding 33 year Army life together with assignments around the U.S., Germany, and Panama. COL Bill and Suzy Kernan retired to San Antonio, Texas in 1973. Her beloved husband, Bill, died in 1984 and Suzy remained in San Antonio until 2008 when she moved to Pinehurst, NC.

Suzy, a dearly loved Mother, is survived by her four children and their families, Buck and Marianne Kernan of Pinehurst, Suzi Lowrey of Hampton VA, Michael and Bobi Kernan of San Antonio, TX, and Jim and Letti Kernan of Austin, TX. She is also survived by six grandchildren, Keith Kernan, Patrick and Kelly Kernan, Kyle, Colin, and Brendan Lowrey, and five great grandchildren, Casey and Ahalya Lowrey and Colin II, Lyle, and Dorothy Lowrey.

A memorial service will be held at the chapel at St Joseph's Nursing Center on Friday, 26 October at 11 a.m. Burial will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to a charitable organization dear to Suzy's heart, the Linden Lodge Foundation, P.O. Box 4153, Pinehurst, NC 28374.

Online condolences may be made at www.bolesfuneralhome.com

Boles Funeral Home of Pinehurst is serving the family.

Published in Express-News on Oct. 24, 2012