Florence Irene “Flo” Wilson, age 84, formerly of Kingston and Litchfield, died Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011, at the Wyoming Retirement Center in Basin, WY.
A memorial service will take place Friday, Sept. 9 at 1 p.m. at the Apostolic Lutheran Church in Kingston.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to either the Kingston American Legion or to the American Red Cross in Flo’s name.
Flo was born Feb. 10, 1927, in Rock County, MN, to Ira Herman and Frieda (Wagner) Schlotfeldt. The family moved to Alvord, IA a year or so after her birth, and Flo completed her elementary school education and began high school in Alvord. The family then moved to Doon, IA, where Flo graduated in 1944.
After high school, Flo moved to Rock Rapids, IA to live with an aunt, Alleen Jacobs, and worked as a bookkeeper for Joyce Lumber Company.
Flo married Clifford Wilson in 1947, and kept books for the bakery they owned. Their oldest children, Tom and Judith, were born in Rock Rapids.
The family moved near Kingston in 1950, to take over Clifford’s brother Ed’s farm when Ed passed away. They farmed there until 1964, when they sold the farm and purchased Peterson’s General Store in Kingston. Their third child, Jeffrey, was born while they were living in Kingston.
In 1982, Cliff and Flo sold the store and began wintering in Myrtle Beach, SC. In the mid-1990s, they moved to Litchfield, continuing their winter trips to South Carolina until Cliff’s death in 1999.
In 2008, Flo moved to Cody, WY, to be closer to her daughter.
Flo was a charter member of the Kingston American Legion Auxiliary, and also volunteered her time with the American Red Cross.
She is survived by two sons, Thomas (Joan Eisenreich) Wilson of Kasota, MN, and Jeffrey (Sonja) Wilson of Racine, WI.; a daughter, Judith (Dennis) Spargur of Cody, WY; three grandchildren, Mark Wilson, JodiLynn Spargur, and John Spargur; and one great-grandson, Jordan.
In addition to her husband, Cliff, Flo was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Dewain, Orville, Clifford, Virgil, and Donald; and a sister, Delores Fields.