Happy 95th Birthday!: Florence Mumford

Saturday , May 12, 2018 - 10:00 PM

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Florence Smith Mumford of Hunts-ville, born May 14, 1923, celebrated her 95th birthday at a garden party in Kaysville attended by her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren; and sisters, Cleo and Ila; and sister-in-law, Jeane. She is grateful for good health that allows her to live in her own home with help from her sons: Jim (Kathy), Gary (Brenda), Rex (Debbie), Scott (Doris); and daughter, Julie (Brett) Wilding. Her posterity now numbers 90, including spouses.

Florence was born and raised by Clarence and Selma (Mortensen) Smith in Huntsville, sharing a duplex with her Smith grandparents. Florence was a World War II bride, marrying Art Mumford of Sunset. They lived in Baltimore until he was transferred to the Alaskan Highway. She then came to Ogden and lived with friend Norma Taylor's family. They were lifetime friends. Florence and Art built a home in Sunset and ran a fruit farm, while raising four sons. In 1960, they moved to a farm in Huntsville where they built their own home and added a daughter to their family.

Volunteer service has always been important to Florence. She volunteered at McKay Hospital, Ogden's Union Station, D.U.P., 4-H, PTA, and the LDS Church. She served on the Morgan-Weber Board of Health and was active in the Democratic Party. Florence was honored as the 1991 Mother of the Year by the Weber County American Mothers.

Hobbies have included sewing, gardening, reading, bicycling, camping, boating, fishing, and especially traveling. Florence took time to read and study before traveling to all 50 U.S. states and to many foreign countries including: Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Russia, Belgium, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Gibraltar, Morocco Africa, Israel, China, Fiji Islands, New Zealand, and Australia. Additionally, cruises took her to the Panama Canal and Central America.

Art died following a tragic accident. Later Florence married a friend, Carl Singleton. That marriage ended too soon with Carl having a heart attack. Florence appreciates good meals, visits from family and friends and games of Pinochle. She enjoys living in her own home in Huntsville with a beautiful view, a bit of heaven on earth.

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