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Florence Irene Thomason
September 22, 1930 ~ December 4, 2018 (age 88)
Florence Irene Thomason passed away December 4, 2018 at the age of 88. Florence was born in Bryan to Ruby Nadine (Wilson) and Daniel Myrtis Simmons on September 22, 1930. Growing up in a large family in the 30’s was often tough. With seven siblings, Florence’s childhood was a very busy one, helping with all the younger children. At the age of 16, after finishing the tenth grade, Florence left home to live with her aunt and uncle.
While living with her aunt and uncle, Florence obtained a job at a local meat market where she met James Green. They married on March 7, 1948, when she was just 18. They built their first home in Pasadena. Unfortunately, the marriage ended eleven years later on July 27, 1959. On January 4, 1965, Florence married Lloyd Thomason, and the two were married for 30 years, until his death October 12, 1995. She was blessed with four children. She always provided love and support to all her children, and they all knew they could come to her for good guidance. Her family was very important to her, and she cherished the times they could spend together. They were very close to her, and she always said she wanted to leave a great legacy of memories for her children. As she always said, “life is what you make it,” so every holiday she looked forward to having her children, grandchildren, and many great grandchildren together to celebrate. The best times to her were when they spent time together fishing and camping, although she did really enjoy the trip she was able to take to Germany to visit her son when he was in the military.
Florence went back to school to extend her education at Lee College. She received her business degree in December 1964. Early in her life, in the 1960s, she used her secretarial skills at Finger Furniture. Later, she worked in management in retail. In the 70s and 80s, she worked in Caldwell as the Houston Post distributer for most of Burleson County. She had many stories of her work, all of which solidly established that she was an achiever in the end. When she was not at work, Florence enjoyed going on fishing and camping trips with her family and friends. She also enjoyed working in her garden and sewing.
Florence had a strong faith in God and always directed her children with good spiritual advice along with scripture. She was involved in the First Baptist Church in Caldwell in the 70s and 80s, working specifically with the children’s church. Later, from the 90s until the present, she became a member of the Church of Christ in Lake Jackson, Texas. Florence had a very Christian outlook on life, helping many people and family members as needs arose. She was a very loving, outgoing, and giving woman.
Florence became a widow at the age of 65, and she never remarried. She leaves behind her son and daughter-in-law James Allen and Cass Green, her daughter and son-in-law Karen Lynn and Rob Robinson, her daughter Sandra Kay Sablatura and Wayne Funderburg, and her daughter Patricia Ann Alwell and Tom Runkel. She is mourned by her grandchildren Dustin Green and wife Amy Green, Daniel Green and wife Amanda Green, Marya Barron and husband Zuriel Barron, Steven McCown and wife Denise McCown, John Toon and wife Vickie Toon, Teresa Grygiel and husband Andrew Grygiel, Rebecca Parsons and husband Kevin Parsons, Bradley Sablatura and wife Emily Sablatura, Jennifer Simmons and husband Andrew Simmons, Amanda Bosquez and husband Carlos Bosquez, and Katherine Alwell and fiancé Dustin Winans. Florence was blessed with many great-grandchildren: Dalen Green, Aleigh Green, Jade Stadler, Zachary Green, Ariel Barron, Parker McCown, Matthew McCown, Katelyn McCown, Ella McCown, Emma Toon, Melanie Toon, a “little Toon on the way”, Madelynn Grygiel, Jacob Grygiel, Kaleb Parsons, Kolton Parsons, Kaden Parsons, Khloe Parsons, Karter Parsons, Henry Sablatura, Lorelei Simmons, Jeremiah Simmons, Abigail Simmons, Kailie LeBlanc, Lily Bosquez, Layla Bosquez, and Isaac Bosquez. She also leaves behind a brother, Jimmy Ray and wife Rita Burkhalter and a sister Linda Sue and husband Charles Munson. She will be dearly missed.
To honor Florence’s life, her family has planned a visitation to be held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Monday, December 10, 2018 at Hillier Funeral Home of Bryan. A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:30 a.m. Monday, December 10, 2018 at Hillier Funeral Home of Bryan, with interment to follow at Bryan City Cemetery.