Florence Elaine Johnson Blackwell 88, was born March 2, 1929 to Roy C. and Wilhelmina Johnson in Washington D.C., passed away November 30, 2017 in Washington, Utah.
She is survived by husband William L. Blackwell. Children William Kay (Shelley) Washington, Utah, Susan (Ron) Burr Marysvale, Utah, David (Natalie) Ferron, Utah, Becky (Jerry) Salina, Utah, Jonathan (Rhonda) Moapa, Nevada, twin sisters Eleanor Webb and Patricia Thompson. She has 24 grandchildren and 52 great grandchildren.
Florence grew up in Washington D.C. and in 1943 their family moved to Marysvale, Utah to raise turkeys during WWII. She only stayed for one school year. But it was that year where the spark of romance started and grow into one of the love stories of the ages.
Married in 1949 in the Manti LDS Temple. They lived in Provo, Marysvale, Richfield, Taylorsville/Granger and back to Marysvale. To be closer to medical care she moved to St. George in 2009 just one block from the Temple. She loved the St. George 4th ward, and serving in the temple in clothing.
Her number one love is Bill, always and forever. Her greatest joy is her family. Not only her family, but her extended family as well. All her sisters and their children and grandchildren adored Aunt Flossy. Grammy, as she was affectionately known by all her grandchildren, was a beautiful soul. She made sure everyone was included, comfortable and well fed. No one ever went away hungry, she made sure of that.
When she was 18, she was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She was faithful all her days. Her first calling was to be a Visiting Teacher, which she served for over 70 years and with all her heart. She served nearly every calling in the church with firm and devout dedication.
Her favorite holiday of the year was always Christmas. She decorated every room of her house and made batches and batches of English Toffee in the shape of Christmas trees. Everyone she knew received a toffee tree. Florence loved the Marysvale Town reunions every spring. She loved visiting with people and always had a quilt to raffle. When Piute County had it’s centennial celebration, Florence was on the committee and threw her whole heart into the planning and execution of that event.
Cremation services have been performed and memorial services will be held Saturday December 9, 2017 in the Marysvale LDS chapel at 12:00 noon. Visitation will be from 10:00 am until 11:30 am.