Florence M. Pickard, 92, Mason City, died peacefully Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, at the Muse-Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City.
A funeral service was held Tuesday, Feb. 12, at Wesley United Methodist Church with the Rev. Steve Hansen officiating. A visitation was held one hour prior to the service. Interment is in Riverview Cemetery, Algona. Memorials may be directed to the family of Florence Pickard and will be given to her church and to the Hospice House. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.majorericksonfuneralhome.com.
Florence Marie Pickard was born April 8, 1926, to Henry and Alice (Wise) Phillips in rural Britt. She was the third of four children. She grew up and attended high school in Algona, where she also met her husband Garnet. She and Garnet were united in marriage on Oct. 1, 1944, at the Methodist church in Algona. Two children were born to this union, Mary and Patti.
Florence and Garnet moved to Mason City in 1953. At the age of 40, Florence obtained her GED and went on to earn her LPN (nursing) in 1967. She worked for Mercy Hospital in the intensive care and critical care units for two years and then worked in the office of Drs. Houlihan, Baker and Coddington until her retirement in 1989.
In her free time Florence enjoyed crocheting, crafts and baking. She was an avid seamstress and made her daughters’ formals and the wedding dress of her grandson’s future wife. Florence loved to go dancing with Garnet at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, listen to Big Band music and play cards with friends. In recent years she enjoyed playing the domino game Mexican Train with her neighbor and friend Jack. She was an active member of the United Methodist Women, where she held various offices, served on the church board and taught Sunday school. She was also an active member of the PTA. After retirement she volunteered at Mercy Hospital for 10-plus years.
Florence is survived by her two daughters, Mary (Jim) Zilka of Sauk Centre, Minn., and Patti (Denny) Warren of Ankeny; seven grandchildren, Steven, Scott (Rachael), Ashley (Ryan), Lindsey (Jase), Whitney, Kim (Chris) and Jeff (Tara); 13 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
Her husband; her parents; a brother, Andy Phillips; and two sisters, Sarah Hovey and Doris McBride, precede Florence in death.
Arrangements are with Major Erickson Funeral Home & Crematory, Mason City; 641-423-0924, www.majorericksonfuneralhome.com.