The youngest of four and only daughter of Swedish parents, she grew up in Michigan’s Detroit area through the depression years. The multicultural neighborhood in which she lived gave her a remarkable ear for understanding many linguistic accent variations and many cultures.
She graduated from the University of Michigan with a BA in business, and was the first of her family to attend college, working her way through. This provided her a deep appreciation for quality education.
It was there that she met her husband, Robert Stuart. The newlyweds moved to Chicago where she became an elementary school teacher while Robert attended Loyola University Dental School. In 1957 they moved to Menlo Park where he started a dental practice while she managed their home and family.
A social pioneer in many ways: Florence gave assistance to immigrants who worked at Webb Ranch in the 1960′s; she became an expert on the San Francisco Bay ecosystem by researching and writing a definitive work for the League of Women Voters. In the 1970′s divorce prompted a redirection from housewife to Real Estate Agent. In the 1980’s she became a breast cancer survivor and at all times was an advocate of independent thinking, common sense, and good humor.
She had the good fortune to travel with friends and family: Thailand, England, Australia, Tasmania, London, Paris and surrounding areas, Germany, Amsterdam/Holland, Hawaii, and Panama.
Florence is survived by her four children, four grand-children, and three great-grandchildren.
A memorial is scheduled July 28, 2 pm at Ladera Community Church, 3300
Alpine Rd, Portola Valley.