Florence Bernice Soderstrom

September 9th 1929 – September 2nd 2016

Florence passed away peacefully in the presence of family in Ladysmith. She is survived by her husband Gordon and their children Stephen, Karen, Ian, Janet, and their spouses; grandchildren Erik, Sean, Alyssa, Michelle, Bennett, Christine, Nicole and Kevin; as well as two greatgrandchildren, Hanna and Etta. Florence was born in Vancouver to parents Ben and Gladys Manners. They resided on the North Shore for the majority of time, with a brief move to Bralorne during the depression years. She fondly remembered her early school days at Bralorne with her sister Lorna, and it brought her back to the area in later years to spend vacation time at Gun Lake. While in North Vancouver, she attended Capilano School and North Van High. Determined to pursue her independence, she also attended art and business school. Her most memorable and rewarding work was in the Emergency Department at Lions Gate Hospital. Florence and Gordon raised their children in North Vancouver, but later retired in Ladysmith. She was an accomplished artist, leaving numerous oil paintings to her family. The family fondly remembers all the enjoyable Sunday night dinners and how much Florence loved beachcombing with her grandchildren. She is remembered for her great sense of humour and her love of animals, and she will be greatly missed by all who knew her. The care and empathy expressed throughout her stay by the staff at the Lodge on 4th was outstanding and greatly appreciated. The family will hold a celebration of life at a later date.

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