Florence Eleanor Edwardson, 92, died peacefully at Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Rushford on April 7, 2019. Florence was born January 30, 1927, to Peter and Isabel (Odland) Edwardson. She was a lifelong member of Whalan Lutheran church and had a strong faith.
Florence grew up in the Whalan area, living both on a farm and in Whalan. She cared for her mother, who had taken ill, for several years. Florence babysat for several families, being a “favorite” babysitter to all because of her kindness and energetic way with kids. She would often take them on walks in the woods to see what they could discover. Her love of animals and being outdoors brought her to her next job, which was working at the Johnson mink ranch. She was a very devoted rancher, working year around in the elements. She was especially proud when she learned to vaccinate the mink and learn how to drive the “big” tractor. She continued at the mink ranch for almost 30 years, hardly ever missing a day of work.
In 2001, Florence started working at Cedar Valley Resort. Between tasks, she enjoyed talking to guests from all over the the U.S.
Florence enjoyed writing and wrote two children’s books with original stories, poems and illustrations. She also composed an original song and had it published. What wonderful keepsakes! Florence also loved to read, garden, and reminisce about days gone by. She enjoyed teaching Sunday School and making mission quilts (she was the shortest quilter but had the longest reach). Through Bible Study she came to know her Bible very well. She enjoyed visiting with friends – especially Elaine, Alma and Lois.
Florence is survived by two nieces, Helen Overbobe and Ardis Nelson, and a number of extended family members. She was also very close to the Gene Johnson family, who called her “Granny Florence” or “Florency.”
She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Elmer, and half sisters Amanda Slinde and Helma Jorpeland.
The funeral service will be held on April 15 at 11 a.m. at Whalan Lutheran Church, with Pastor Patricia Hinke officiating. Visitation is from 10-11 a.m., with burial at Whalan Lutheran Church.
A special thank you to the Good Shepherd Staff for the loving care she received. Florence would tell everyone she saw how good they were to her and how much she enjoyed visiting with everyone and participating in all of the activities they provided.