Marguerite Flora was born in Norcatur, Kansas. She was the second youngest of 8 children. The family moved to Nebraska when she was five years old. Marguerite attended school in a one-room schoolhouse and moved to California after graduating high school in 1937. She met Ray Flora of Empire and the two were married June 3rd, 1939 and months later moved to Turlock. They spent their remaining years together in this area until Ray’s passing in 2009. Ray and Marguerite were married 69 years.
Ray and Marguerite had two children, Dennis (born in 1942) and Mona (born in 1946) and were active members of Beulah Covenant Church. Marguerite served the Lord through a variety of roles at church including deaconess, secretary, High School Snow Conference cook alongside Ray, and assisting in the church library which she said was the “most rewarding and enjoyable” role. She was also a volunteer at Emanuel Hospital for twenty two years and a volunteer for Meals on Wheels for fifteen years. She was employed as a medical receptionist and Insurance secretary until her retirement in 1975. She and Ray loved traveling together and spending time with their family.
Marguerite was preceded in death by her son Dennis Flora, her daughter Mona Swanson-Norman and husband Raymond Flora, as well as seven brothers and sisters. She is survived by grandson Timothy Flora of San Diego, CA, his wife Sarah and children Emily and Kyle, grandson Michael Flora of Menifee, CA, his wife Michele and children Skyler and Brody, granddaughter Kate (Swanson) Sherfey of Sacramento, her husband Frank and their son due in May, and granddaughter Anna (Swanson) Armfield of Fresno, her husband Ben, and son Anderson Ray (born on Marguerite’s birthday December 26, 2016).
Marguerite lived at Covenant Village for the last ten years, and the family would like to thank the staff for their care and service. Memorial service to be held Friday, March 17, at Berg Hall at Covenant Village of Turlock, 10:00 AM.
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