Florence 'Flo' Humphrey

Sunday, March 19, 2017
Florence 'Flo' Humphrey

Florence “Flo” Williams Humphrey, 100, of Cape Girardeau passed away Friday, March 17, 2017, at The Lutheran Home.

She was born Nov. 23, 1916, daughter of Charles “Bud” Williams and Gertrude Williams of Crystal City, Missouri, and Toledo, Ohio. She married Harry J. Humphrey on July 17, 1938. The ceremony was at the Baptist Church parsonage in Festus, Missouri. They were married 68 years, until the death of Harry Humphrey in 2006. Mr. Humphrey was agency manager for Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. in Cape Girardeau.

Florence was a 1934 graduate of Crystal City High School. After graduation, she worked at Pittsburg Plate Glass Co. in Crystal City until she married. She and Harry moved to Cape Girardeau in January 1956. Once in Cape Girardeau, she was a homemaker, known for her baking, and was a member of the Cape Girardeau Welcome Wagon and Circle Club; was a den mother with the Southeast Missouri Council of the Boy Scouts and was a champion bowler, where she and Harry played in mixed leagues. Later, they devoted their time and volunteered at Saint Francis Medical Center and the Horseshoe Bend Fishing and Hunting Club near Cape Girardeau.

Florence also was astute in bridge and pinochle and, occasionally, poker. She traveled extensively throughout North America: the 50 states, Canadian provinces and Mexico. She did not care for the time Harry drove her up Pikes Peak. She was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan; had they listened to her, the Cards would have won the 2016 season pennant.

Florence was a member of First Baptist Church in Cape Girardeau since 1956. She taught Sunday school, where she served as class president, and Bible school.

Survivors include her sons, Gerald Humphrey and his wife, Betty Kugel Humphrey, of Davenport, Iowa, and Richard (Rick) Humphrey of Barkley Lake, Kentucky; four grandchildren, Jeff Humphrey of Oak Ridge, North Carolina, Steven Humphrey of Davenport, Tyler “T.J.” Humphrey of Nashotah, Wisconsin, and Brian Humphrey of St. Charles, Missouri; and seven great-grandchildren, Kayla Humphrey-Akers and her husband Ethan Akers, Joshua Humphrey, Julia Humphrey, Sydney Kugel-Humphrey, Kelsey Smith, Corina Smith and Jason Harpo Humphrey. She had one great-great-grandchild on the way.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Harry J. Humphrey; sisters, Gertrude Rudisaile, Irene Williams and Toots Nichols; a brother, Charles “Bud” Williams Jr.; a granddaughter, Tammy Humphrey; and neighbors, co-workers and friends, having outlived them.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home.

The funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, with First Baptist Church Pastor Tyler Tankersley, along with T.J. Humphrey of the Nashotah House Episcopal Diocese Seminary, officiating. Interment will be in Cape County Memorial Park Cemetery in Cape Girardeau.

Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church in Cape Girardeau or Saint Francis Medical Center.

Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.fordandsonsfuneralhome.com.