Gladys L. "Sunshine" Florence

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Gladys L. "Sunshine" (Bowser) Florence, 82, passed away Saturday, November 18, 2017, at Midland Hospice House.

Gladys was born December 11, 1934, in Holton, KS, to Hazel Marie (Thomas) Bowser. She accepted Jesus into her heart at 12 years old at the Evangelical United Brethren Church in Holton, KS. Gladys graduated from Harveyville High School. While a senior in high school she met Bob Florence, Jr. and they married on December 14, 1952. Together they had four children. Bob and Gladys loved to travel the world with their family and friends. Gladys' favorite travels were Rome, Italy and Spain. After all their travels together her favorite place was home. As a mother, she was a Cub Scout and Girl Scout Leader. Gladys loved to garden, paint, sew, cook, and entertain. She enjoyed making her house a home. Gladys enjoyed playing the piano for relaxation and loved music in general. She enjoyed in her later years going to the YMCA and Jazzercise with her daughter. Gladys belonged to a card group for many years. She loved her Kansas Sports and back road country drives. Gladys was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

She is survived by her four children, Stacy (Debbie) Florence, Mamie (Nick) Reilly, Adam (Laurie) Florence, and Mary Grace (Kim Bruce) Bettis; eleven grandchildren, Bobby, Abe, Grace, Melissa, Riley, Elijah, Joshua, Noah, Adin, Casey, and Brian; five great-grandchild, Isaac, Kain, Scarlett, Violett, and Slayde; and one sister, Peggy Thompsen.

Gladys was preceded in death on February 12, 2006 by her husband, Bobby; mother; and five siblings.

A memorial service will be at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 25, 2017, at Penwell-Gabel Mid-Town Chapel, 1321 SW 10th Ave., Topeka. A private family inurnment will take place at a later date at Emmanuel Cemetery, Berryton, KS.

Memorial contributions may be made to Midland Care, 200 SW Frazier Circle, Topeka, KS 66606, Cotton O'Neil Cancer Center, 1414 SW 8th Ave, Topeka, KS 66606, Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 3625 SW Wanamaker Road, Topeka, KS 66614, or the Salvation Army, 1320 SE 6th Ave, Topeka, KS 66607.

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Published in Lawrence Journal-World from Nov. 21 to Nov. 23, 2017
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