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Florence Evelyn Hill, 91, of Mount Vernon, Iowa, formerly of Manchester, passed away on Thursday, June 13, 2019, at the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy in Hiawatha.
Born on July 27, 1927, in rural Delhi, Florence was the daughter of Thomas and Amanda (Gentz) Welch. She married the late Earl W. Hill on November 18, 1949, on the Welch family farm.
Florence is survived by five children, Virginia (Gary) Byers of Rock Springs, Wyoming; Richard (Peggy) Hill of Marion, North Carolina; Gaillynn (John) Warne of Edmond, Oklahoma; Lorena (Gene) Freiburger of Lisbon, Iowa; and Leonard (Gina) Hill of Agency, Missouri. She is also survived by three brothers, Donald (Ruby) Welch of Oakdale, Louisiana; Doran (Beverly) Welch of Cedar Rapids; and Tom (Dorothy) Welch of Anamosa; 15 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl; infant daughter, Karen; and sister, Barbara (CF) Foster.
Florence was a loving wife and mother who was dedicated to supporting her family. She was a caretaker, line operator, sales representative, and farmer. Prior to retiring in 2001, Florence and Earl owned a small farm north of Manchester.
Florence enjoyed crocheting, traveling, coffee with family and friends, and phone calls. She especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and sharing her life experiences. Florence will be remembered as the farmer’s almanac guide to life.