Florence (Flo) Jennette Busswood (DeTemple)

Sept. 28, 1921-April 21, 2017

It is with sadness but with love and admiration for our wonderful mother, Flo, that we announce her peaceful passing in Sidney Care Home at the age of 95.

Flo was born in Vancouver, the third oldest and last survivor of 8 siblings. She was predeceased by her husband, Doug, in 1999 after 56 years of marriage. She leaves behind 3 children: Linda (Bob) Taylor, Cheryl (Gil) Shoesmith, and John (Sherrie) Busswood. Her grandchildren are: Lisa, Karen, Michael, Jennette, Parker and Devon; and her great grandchildren: Ella, Josh, Jacob and MacKenzie.

In addition to being a loving wife and involved caring mother, Flo was eager to learn and enjoyed many careers. She worked in a bank in Vancouver and Brandon, Manitoba before and during World War ll. In 1945, she moved with Doug to Tofino, B.C. where they lived for over 40 years both being involved in the community and making lasting friendships. She worked as a bookkeeper at Tofino General Hospital in 1957 and became inspired to do more. After completing a two-year course with Saskatoon University in 1967 she became the first female hospital administrator in B.C. Few women at this time held management positions. After she and Doug retired in 1981, she became a real estate agent selling houses on the west coast and later in Vancouver. She then joined a global Natural Health Company along John, Sherrie and Cheryl building a strong sales team.

Flo’s family remember her zest for life. She loved to dance and was a fun-loving, friendly, and outgoing person who took a real interest in peoples’ lives. She was a talented painter who loved to travel, enjoyed helping others, and had an indomitable spirit. She championed her family and was a good friend to others. Flo was a truly amazing lady whose family is so proud of her.

Our thanks to the staff and administration of Sidney Care Home whose caring and million little kindnesses were so appreciated by Flo in her last years.

A celebration of Flo’s life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers please donate to the charity of your choice.


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