Death Claims Astoria Lady

Mrs. Flora France Passed Away Last Wednesday; Funeral Friday

Flora Augusta Butler, daughter of Joseph and Jane Welker Butler, was born in Kerton township, February 19, 1861, and departed this life at her home in Astoria, Wednesday.

Her early life was spent on the Butler homestead until her marriage to William France, Sept. 16, 1885 at Havana. He preceded her in death several years ago.

To this union were born six children, Guy of Havana, Charles, Glen and Mrs. Bonnie Camp of Astoria, and Mrs. Ora Thompson of Ripley, Okla. One son Eddie, dying in infancy.

She is survived by the following brothers and sisters, Thomas, Charles, Mrs. Florence Shores, Mrs. Dora Garrett, and Mrs. Edith Fisher of Astoria; one sister, Musie Brown, deceased. There are thirteen grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, a number of nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

For many years she has been a member of the Primitive Baptist church. Her entire life was spent in this vicinity with the exception of five years on a farm near Sheldon, Missouri.

She was a great lover of home and family, always willing to lend a helping hand, with a kindly smile and friendly word for everyone.

Funeral services were conducted Friday afternoon at 2:30 at the U. B. church by Rev. Fred Thompson. Soft music during the services was played by Mrs. Delores Webb.

Pallbearers were grandsons: Everett, Ralph, Willis and Willard France, Billy Camp and Jiles Belleville.

Flower girls were Mrs. Laura Peak, Mrs. LaVerne Belleville, Dorothy France, Delores Rhoades, and Mrs. Velma Hibbs.

Burial was in the Astoria cemetery.


Published in the Astoria Argus-Searchlight on 10/28/1942

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