Carpenter, Florence

Florence Lillian Carpenter died March 8, 2009, at Charlotte Stephenson Manor in Adrian, Mich., after a battle with breast cancer.

She was born March 30, 1918, in Carryall Township, Paulding County, Ohio, the daughter of Benjamin Harrison and Ruth Otelia (Tolene) Commers.

Florence spent her childhood and youth in Paulding County, Ohio, and Fort Wayne, Ind. She moved to Michigan in 1935 and lived with an aunt and uncle, George and Lillie (Tolene) Swanson, and graduated from Hudson High School in 1936.

She married John S. Carpenter Oct. 23, 1937, in Hudson, Mich., He preceded her in death May 10, 1994, after 56 years of marriage. They spent their working lives operating the family farm. For 18 years, they wintered in Tavares, Fla. Florence and her husband enjoyed traveling and visited all 50 states.

Florence lived most of her adult life in Madison Township and Fairfield Township. She was a long-time member of Fairfield Baptist Church and in recent years attended the Wellsville United Methodist Church. She taught Sunday School for more than 60 years and was a member of the choir for more than 45 years. She was a former member of Madison Grange, Farm Bureau, the Treat Road Extension Club and the Madison Community Club. She had been an active member of the Fairfield Garden Club and was a member of the Fairfield Chapter, OES.

Florence was an avid gardener and loved flowers. She always had a large garden. She enjoyed crocheting, beading, quilting, and other crafts, and made each of her grandchildren crocheted afghans and quilts. She was very knowledgeable about birds and kept daily records for more than 50 years of all the birds she had seen in her yard or had come to her bird feeder.

Florence is survived by two sons, Benjamin (and Bonnie) and Wayne (and Cecelia), both of Adrian; four grandchildren, Matt (and Kelly) Carpenter and Caroline (and Robert) Ambrose of Adrian, Betty Jo (and Andrew) Zenk of Jasper, and Brian (and Doug Reed) Carpenter of Toledo; seven great-grandchildren, Jacob, Abby, John, Ryan, Alex, Nicholas, and Kathryn; and one sister-in-law, Suzanne Commers of Fort Wayne, Ind.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Paul and Richard; one son, John David; and one grandson, Bruce Andrew.

A Celebration of Life service is scheduled at the Wellsville United Methodist Church at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, with Rev. Lloyd Jewett and Rev. William Clemmer officiating. A private family burial is planned at Lenawee Hills Memorial Park in Adrian.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Lenawee. 

Arrangements were handled by Anderson Funeral Home in Adrian.