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Florence Elizabeth Clouse

Posted By Hall-Wynne On December 29, 2016 @ 8:40 am In Durham,Obituaries | 8 Comments

Florence Elizabeth Clouse peacefully passed away at Hillcrest Convalescent Center on December 22, 2016. She was born to the late John and Jenny Minns Cuthill on August 14, 1924, in Buffalo, NY.

Florence earned a Ph.D. in physical education at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.  She had a long career as a physical education teacher and served as an Assistant Director of Physical Education in the Omaha Public School System for many years.  Florence was active in her church and college sorority, enjoyed volunteering at the Omaha Playhouse and Offutt Air Force Base Thrift Store, and was a devoted traveler and adventurer with the Mouth of the Platte Chapter of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation.  Florence was also an avid golfer all her life, having learned the game as a child from her father.

Florence is survived by her loving daughter, Joni Tanner and husband Terry, of Durham, NC; son, Jim Clouse and wife Claudia Bachand, of Fairfax Station, VA; two grandchildren, Mary Elizabeth, and Meghan Florence.

Florence is preceded in death by her husband, James B. Clouse; her brother, John and his wife, Betty Cuthill.

A graveside service will be held at 9:00 am (Central Time), on Thursday, December 29, 2016 at Sheffield Oakwood Cemetery, in Sheffield, Alabama.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Gethsemane Presbyterian Church in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Funeral arrangements for the Clouse family are under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service in Durham, NC. On-line memorials: www.hallwynne.com.

Condolences for the family of “Florence Elizabeth Clouse”

Condolence from Vonnie Tanner on December 31st, 2016 1:32 pm

Sorry to hear of your Mother’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I didn’t ever meet her, but just reading the obituary, I see what an amazing woman she was.

Condolence from Henrina Bedell on December 31st, 2016 7:05 pm

It was nice knowing you Mrs Clouse and I really enjoyed the last days with you. You won’t be able to see the baby but will always remember you. I know you are happy right now and sleep on.
To Jonie and the rest of the family my Sympathy.


Condolence from Sue Mehaffey on January 1st, 2017 9:18 am

Joni, James and family,
So sorry to read of your mother’s passing.
Florence was my mentor many years in OPS. When I was a teacher, she was always willing to help. Then, when I was hired in her position after she retired, it was a real challenge to live up to all she stood for – integrity, knowledge, experience, inclusiveness, excellent communicator, and an exemplary model of how a great teacher and leader performs.
I never will forget how proud she was to be a “Castle Queen”. She made me think, laugh, write, read “wordy documents”, and modeled a passion for teaching physical education to children and youth every day.
I loved her dearly and will always have wonderful memories of a grand lady!
Sue Mehaffey

Condolence from Vicky Woods on January 1st, 2017 2:02 pm

Our prayers are with the families Florence ,she was a wonderful person. We have missed her at Gethsemane ,

Condolence from Marilyn Puett on January 2nd, 2017 9:19 am

I worked in the Omaha Public Schools with Florence for many years. She was a terrific mentor and friend to all who knew her. May she rest in peace.

Condolence from patricia stutzman on January 2nd, 2017 9:22 am

We were given a wonderful opportunity to know and learn from Florence, the wisdom of our conversations were something I will never forget. She was amazing and such a lovely lady. I remember a summer day when decided to visit Lauritzen Gardens together and as we traveled to and fro on I-80, it was a busy Saturday morning; however, she was not deterred as she was the warrior on the road, Huge trucks racing down the interstate was not a concern to her, she was behind the wheel and she was not in the least intimidated by the road racers, she kept her cool and traveled at a goodly speed. Such a brave and intelligent woman to be sure.
I look forward to my journeys end when I too will meet up with Florence. I was saddened when Florence, left our neighborhood and I knew not where.

Condolence from Linda Welch on January 4th, 2017 1:03 pm

Mrs. Clouse was a long time neighbor and friend of our family in the Timbercrest neighborhood in IA. She was very kind to our two sons who worked for her doing snow removal, mowing her yard and newspaper delivery. A fond memory of her was that we let the boys set their price for mowing and when she was presented the bid at $15.00, she said: “I think you should do it for $20”! That made one happy little 14 year old who always did his best to please her. She shared with me her Lily bulbs after she learned that they are my favorite flower and now they have a very special meaning for me. We were blessed to have her in lives and a special neighbor. We pray for peace and comfort during your loss. Mark, Linda, Joseph, & Jacob Welch

Condolence from Nancy Harms on January 6th, 2017 5:55 pm

It is with deep sadness that I learned of Florence’s passing. Florence was truly “one of a kind” and will be missed. She was a faithful member of our Omaha group of Alpha Gamma Delta. I served as president for many years and could always depend on her support. It was always a joy to call her. I enjoyed when she shared some of her experiences and special times with her family. Cherish the memories that you have of Florence as we in the Alpha Gamma Delta group are especially cherishing ours. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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