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Florence Cordelia (Crawford) ArndtApril 16, 1928 ~ May 12, 2017 (age 89)
In Loving Memory of
Florence Cordelia Arndt
1928 – 2017
It is with broken hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved Wife, Mother and Grandmother on Friday, May 12, 2017 at the age of 89 years.
Florence was predeceased by her parents William and Winnie (nee Clyde) Crawford, her infant brother Andrew and her brothers Gordon and Kenneth, who lost their lives in WWII.
She is survived by her loving husband Norman Arndt of Roblin, and her daughter Lynda Arndt (Peter Haaksma) and grandson Matthew of Brandon.
Florence was born and raised in Dauphin, where she received her education. During her school years, the war began and her two beloved brothers had to leave. In 1944, they were killed nine months apart and it devastated her family, who continued to forever mourn them.
Florence attended the School of Nursing at the Dauphin General Hospital, where she received her designation of a Registered Nurse. She was so very proud to receive her nursing cap and pin. She went on to work at the Vancouver General Hospital for two years before leaving to go to the Salvation Army Officer’s Training College in Toronto for one year. Florence was so proud of her achievements within the Salvation Army. She nursed in the Bethesda Hospital in London, ON for two years before being sent to be the Director of Nurses at the Calgary General Hospital.
Florence often told her family that the administrative side of her job was just not for her and she much preferred to be an active nurse on the wards - and that is where she certainly did shine!
In 1960, Florence was called back to Dauphin because of ailing parents, where she again nursed at the Dauphin General Hospital.
Florence and Norman were married on June 8, 1968 and she quickly had to adjust to rural life, which was easier to do once she met her best friend Linda who lived just across the road! Florence immensely enjoyed her garden, her colourful flowers and the peaceful countryside.
She began to nurse at the Roblin Hospital until their daughter Lynda was born in 1969. Florence continued to nurse there until her retirement in 1995. She ALWAYS wore her nursing cap, and was so proud to do so. It was one of the many ways that people remember her. During this time, she touched so many lives - of both patients and co-workers. Florence always managed to have fun while also working hard. One great thing was that she treated everyone the same, no matter what their position was at the hospital. She made wonderful friends while working there and some friendships remained through to her bedside in her final days.
Florence was very active in the Evangelical Mission Church, as well as Stonecroft Ministries and ran Friendship Bible Coffee groups, where she connected with so many that meant so much to her.
She loved her family so very much and was overjoyed when she became a Grandma at the age of 80! She loved our little Matthew so much and he became the apple of her eye. She would just light up when he was around!
The last few years living with dementia were difficult for Florence, but we, her family, were very fortunate that she still knew us, close to the end.
We have been so blessed to have our family, friends and wonderful pastors surround us during this sad time. We are so thankful for all of the messages and cards of condolences. Each and every one mentions how Florence touched them in some way. She was an amazing Wife, Mom and Grandma and a truly remarkable nurse and friend. She will be greatly missed and forever loved.
A time of visitation and sharing of memories was held on the evening of Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at the Chapel of Nairn-Chyz Funeral Home.
A private funeral service was held Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at the Evangelical Mission Church, officiated by Pastor Randy Moffit and Pastor Floyd Martens.
Following the service, a memorial reception was held in the auditorium of Evangelical Mission Church.
Bagpiper Doug Storey, playing Amazing Grace, escorted the casket bearers, with Florence, to her final resting place at the Roblin Cemetery. The casket bearers were Laverne Fenske, Roy Allen, Randy Allen, Ken Chase, Heath Butler and Hector Branconnier.
NAIRN-CHYZ FUNERAL HOME
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