Former Farnam Resident: Florence L. Greenlee, age 99 (1914-2013)

Florence L. Greenlee, 99, of Columbia, Illinois, died on August 17th, 2013.

She was born in Farnam, Nebraska, the daughter of the late William and Hannah (Amstutz) Wharton.

Florence attended high school at Farnam and the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, Nebraska. She then taught school for several years in the Sandhills of Nebraska and near Farnam. In 1935 she married Frank M. Greenlee of Moorefield, Nebraska, later moving to Waterloo, Iowa and in 1948 to Jesup, Iowa. She taught piano for many years in Jesup and later was secretary to the superintendent of the Jesup Public School until 1979, at which time she retired. She was a member of First United Methodist Church, Jesup, The Even Dozen Study Club and Order of the Eastern Star. She was also the church organist for many years. Besides her love for music, she loved nature, horseback riding and taking care of her kitties. She was very talented with her craft of knitting and sewing.

Since September of 2000, she made her permanent residence close to her family in Columbia, Illinois.She continued her music ministry at Bethany United Methodist Church, Columbia, Illinois.

She is preceded in death by parents, William and Hannah (Amstutz) Wharton; husband, Frank M. Greenlee; sisters, Naomi Farris, Helen Wharton, Bessie Vig and Martha Black and brother, Harold Wharton.

Survivors include daughter, Marian Sue (Don) Barlow of Columbia, granddaughter, Stacy (Tim) McKenzie of St. Louis, Missouri; great-granddaughters, Sara and Kelly Carr of Columbia and their relatives and friends.

Funeral Services were held on Tuesday, August 20th, 2013, at 11a.m. Bethany United Methodist Church in Columbia, Illinois and on Thursday, August 22nd, 2013, at 11a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Jesup, Iowa.

Interment will be at Cedar Crest Cemetery in Buchanan County, Iowa.

Memorials are suggested  to Bethany United Methodist Church, Columbia, Illinois or First United Methodist Church, Jesup, Iowa.


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