After graduation from BHS Florence attended Montclair State Teachers College for
one year. She moved to Arizona with her family in August of 1955 where she
enrolled at Arizona State Teachers College as a music major on a piano
scholarship. In February of 1956 she met her future husband, Forrest, who was
completing his MA in education at the time. He graduated in May of '56 and
began teaching in Parker, Arizona (a little town on the Colorado River), 160
miles west of Phoenix, Arizona. Florence completed her degree in May of 1958 and
they were married June 28th of the same year. She was also able to land a
teaching job in Parker at the elementary and secondary school level while
Forrest remained at the Parker High School teaching Biology. Parker is in the
middle of an Indian reservation, so 2/3 of her students were of Indian origin,
(a rather unique experience for a "city girl").
In 1960 they moved to Chandler, Arizona. They had been blessed with their
first child and decided it was time to get back to civilization. Forrest
started teaching Biology at Chandler High School, and their home there (which
they still occupy) was in the process of being built. Suddenly Florence was
stricken with Herpes Encephalitis, and for several weeks her life was severely
threatened. Thankfully, they all came through it, and stronger in many ways, as
a result. Florence taught 6th grade in Chandler until their second daughter was
born in 1963. A son arrived 18 months later. By then she was a full-time mom,
church choir director and substitute teacher, when time allowed!
Florence became very active in their church as music direct and wedding
coordinator for almost 10 years, until their second son was born in May of
1974. Needless to say, with four children ranging in age from 13 to newborn,
she had her hands full, and life has never been the same or dull since.
They now have 10 beautiful grandchildren - 7 girls and 3 boys - and there's
still a chance for more because son #2 is still single !! They are both greatly
involved in volunteer work in their community and life goes happily on.