CAMBRIDGE -- Florence Roach, 79, died April 25, 2009, at The Manor in Cambridge.
She was born Aug. 17, 1929, to Helen Williams Slater and Frank Henry Slater in Tooele, Utah. To those who knew Flo, her life may have seemed ordinary, but throughout her life she showed courage, determination and great strength. She lived many places and instigated many adventurous journeys. Those she took along for the ride will always cherish those memories. She touched the lives of everyone she met in so many ways. She had the most infectious laugh!
She was nicknamed "Happy" by one of her childhood best friends. It stuck. Her greatest joys were her family, children, and grandchildren as well as her church, crocheting and sharing her favorite stories of growing up on the ranch in Old Snowmass.
Even words like meadowlarks, columbines, and playing cards seem to evoke laughter and add stories to all of our warm memories. Florence was a warm, caring, loving and special lady. She was always making others feel special and had words of encouragement and strength ready when they were needed most.
Flo was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Helen; her brother-in-law, Lauren Ball and one grandson, Alexander Cooper.
She is survived by her two sisters, Delaine Ball of Cary, N.C., and Cecelia (Joseph) Spear of Vista, Calif., as well as her brothers, Edward (Lisa) Slater of Palisade, Colo., Buddy (Delphia) Slater of Murfreesboro, Ark., and Billy (Karen) Slater of Montrose, Colo. The joy and loves of her life, her children, Corinne (Richard) Reischel of Andover, Minn., Belinda (Marcus) Votruba of Whitewater, Colo., Celia (Brad) Nelson of Cambridge, Vincent Koenen of Boise, Idaho and Kelli Raie (Jared) Cooper of Grand Junction, Colo..
Also left to mourn her are the twinkles in her eyes, her grandchildren, Garrett, Tishan, Shantih, Kelsey, Natasha, Mistilen, Katelyn, and Tristan; a great grandson, Aiden, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Flo also had many special kids that she adopted along the way. Everyone loved Grandma Happy! Special thanks to Taffy, Jane, Judy and Karen.....friends that put up with all of her antics over the years who loved and laughed with her always. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Lockenhour-Jones Mortuary in Cambridge.
A private family "Celebration of Life" will be in Old Snowmass, Colo., at a later date. In lieu of flowers please feel free to donate Bibles in Florence's name at your local church. Flo would be pleased to know that a child in Sunday School was receiving a Bible in her name. In lieu of flower memorials may be given to the Cambridge Senior Center.
Cards for the family can be sent attn: Kelli Cooper, 13 Burgundy Court, Grand Junction, CO 81507.