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J. Florence Whitney

Posted: Saturday, Dec 22nd, 2012

J. Florence Whitney
J. Florence Whitney, 76, of Yachats, Ore., died Dec. 13, 2012.

She was born April 22, 1936 to Earl and Hazel Turpen in Lebanon, Ore. She graduated from Jefferson High School in Portland, Ore. in 1954 and married James Carelock. They divorced, and in 1957, she married the love of her life, Stan Whitney. They had their only child, Juel, in 1960 and lived in the Portland/Milwaukie area.

Over the years, she and Stan had several foster children and were involved with the Kiwanis club. She was a Girl Scout leader for several years and a vice president of the Columbia River Girl Scout Council and remained connected through the years; following her years there she volunteered with Loaves and Fishes and eventually became a manager at the Wilsonville and Estacada centers.

Upon retiring, they moved to Yachats, where Florence joined the Yachats Ladies Club in February 1997. She became a very active member and was the resident cook at all the dinner fundraisers. Her ability to organize and put on a big dinner was a lifesaver to the financially stricken club. She was elected club president in 2000 and served in this position for two years. On July 4, 1999, Florence organized the first pie and ice cream social. They continue today and have become one of the club’s best and most attended fundraisers. Florence was voted lifetime member status a few years ago when her hard work and support of the club was acknowledge by the members. Florence also volunteered on a regular basis with the library and visitors association. She had her own photography business specializing in cards, calendars and custom orders.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Stan.

She is survived by her daughter, Juel Mathews; grandsons, Jared (Jacklyn) Mathews, and Clinton (Lisa) Mathews; and three great-granddaughters.

The family suggests remembrances to be made in her name to the Yachats Ladies Club or Loaves and Fishes. Private services will be held at a later date.

Stehn Family Chapels in Milwaukie is handling arrangements.

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