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Subject: Florence Virginia HORTON (abt. 1926-2004) (obit.)
Date: 2 Mar 2005 20:30:53 -0700

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Florence V. Horton

Florence Virginia Horton died early Sept. 28, 2004, after a lengthy illness. She was 78.

At her request, no funeral service will be held. Instead, friends are invited to a celebration of her life at 2 p.m. Saturday at Pole Line Road Baptist Church, 770 Pole Line Road.

Born to Newton and Peggy Hillyer on May 16, 1926, in Los Angeles, she grew up in North Hollywood, where she met her husband of 57 years, Chet Horton.

Her two brothers brought her future husband home with them for a Thanksgiving holiday leave during World War II.

After they married on Feb. 23, 1946, the newlyweds spent a few years in Wilmington, Mass., where their first child, Linda, was born. Returning to California, they became the parents of Charlie and Susie, and settled for 45 years in a little town in Southern California called Somis. Together, the Hortons built a home for their family that is still the pride of North Street.

They moved from Somis to Sebastapol, where they lived for several years, followed by a move to Davis in April 2002 to be near family.

Her family describes her as being a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was also an accomplished artist. Her paintings and watercolors are cherished by family and friends.

She held one-person art shows in Southern California and illustrated a book, "The Legend of Juel the Wishing Tree." The moral of this book was, "think of others rather than yourself and the reward will ultimately be yours," which is how the family describes how she lived.

She will be remembered for her strong Christian faith and her compassion for others. She was also a musician, gardener, fisherwoman, birdwatcher, craftsperson and an all-around nature lover.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Chet, in December 2003.

She is survived by her children and their spouses, Linda Stowe and her husband Steve of Burlington, Ky.; Charlie Horton and his wife Ann of Boulder Creek; and Susie Quinn and her husband Pat of Davis.

She is also survived by her brothers and their spouses, Nat Hillyer and his wife Betty of Burbank, and Dick Hillyer and his wife Dorothy of Chatsworth.

She will be missed by her grandchildren, Shannon Stowe of Palo Alto; Ryan Stowe of Portland, Ore.; Brandon Stowe of Brooklyn, N.Y.; Erin Brouse of Sonora; Kelly Quinn of Berkeley; Joey Leishman of San Jose; and Peter Horton and Rosemary Horton of Boulder Creek; and great-granddaughter Cheyenne Virginia Brouse of Sonora.

Arrangements are under the direction of Davis Funeral Chapel. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Yolo Hospice, P.O. Box 1014, Davis, CA 9617.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Tuesday, October 5, 2004, (Yolo County, California). Submitted with the permission of the "The Davis Enterprise." (315 G Street, Davis, CA 95616) <>;. Please note: I am not related to the family listed above, and I do not have any further information on this family.)

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