On Monday, September 7th, 2020, Florence Dutka (nee Hill) of Edmonton passed away at the age of 88 years.
Flo was born and grew up in Saskatoon SK, where she met Dick in high school. They married and moved to Winnipeg weaving together a family of five. Over the years they spent many summer holidays camping in various provinces and eventually they also lived in Montreal and then Edmonton. Many lasting friendships were developed in each place; some of them growing out of her time in the various United Church communities she was part of and some from within the Square Dancers in Edmonton. Whether they were friends or family, everyone knew how much she loved to laugh, and create fun even out of nothing in particular. Music played a significant role in their household; with records playing, and songs being sung in harmony even as they all travelled together in the car each summer. Flo loved to create and grow her gardens, especially the one spread all through their acreage in Ardrossan. Gardens were for her a piece of heaven. But her artistic and creative gifts flourished most fully in her work as a Fibre Artist. Flo co-founded Lakeshore Creative Stitchery Guild (Montreal) & the Edmonton Needlecraft Guild. Her liturgical work hangs magnificently in many churches and is or has been worn by proud clergy (some within the family). Other works of hers are displayed in homes across Canada and the US.
Florence is survived by her three children: Cathy, David, Lori; five grandchildren, four great grandchildren and a niece. The family wishes to extend its deepest thanks for the compassionate care that was given to her by all the staff at St. Michaels Long Term Care Centre.
Due to the pandemic, no memorial is planned at present, but the family will find a way to honour her memory in the near future. For now we can celebrate that she is with Dick in her own rose filled place in heaven.
Arranged by Serenity Funeral Service – South Edmonton