Florence Stinson Epperson
February 5, 1920 – June 7, 2017
Florence Stinson Epperson, 97, of Bryan, Texas went to be with her Lord on June 7, 2017. A time for family to receive friends will be from 1-2 pm on June 13, 2017 at St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church, 2003 W. 43rd St., Houston, Texas. Pastor Kevin Otto will officiate the funeral service at 2 pm. Reception will follow the funeral service in the church fellowship hall. Interment will occur later at Houston National Cemetery.
Florence was born on February 5, 1920 to Thomas Lee Stinson and Florence “Flossie” Jane Almond Stinson in Lynchburg, Virginia. She was married to Egbert Philip Epperson in 1950 and widowed in 2001. Florence was a longtime resident of Houston, Texas, where she lived for 65 years. She moved to St. Joseph Manor in Bryan, Texas in 2016.
Florence graduated from the University of Houston in 1977. She taught at Mendel Elementary School for 11 years before retiring from Aldine School District.
Florence was a faithful member of St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church. She was a member of the Solitaries and VIP’s at St. Stephen’s. Early on, she showed a true passion for volunteering and was a nurse volunteer during World War II. She enjoyed doing volunteer work at the DeBakey Veterans Affairs hospital in Houston where she was involved in different services. She cherished receiving a plaque and letter of recognition by President George W. Bush thanking her for her 5000 plus hours of volunteering. Florence was an active parent involved in her daughter’s life and teenage years. She spent many hours chaperoning weekly dances and other outings. Florence, known to the youngsters as Miz. Epp, has maintained a close relationship with many of those young people for more than 50 years. Her life is a testament to the fact she loved her family, her friends and her church.
Florence was predeceased by her parents, husband, and sister, Dorothy Mae Stinson Goding. She leaves behind her daughter, Della May Booth Colburn and husband Edwin of Cameron, Texas, grandchildren: Jon Colburn and wife Michele of College Station, and Janet Colburn of College Station; great- grandchildren: Jared Bard, Shelby Todd, Jon Harrison Colburn, and Kenzie Colburn. She also leaves behind a niece, Jean Nowlin and husband Tom of Rosenberg, Texas and nephew Kenneth Goding of Lynchburg, Virginia.
As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions are encouraged to be sent to your favorite animal shelter as Florence loved animals.