Chelsea, MI, age 86, died Saturday, June 16, 2012 at her home. She was born April 28, 1926 in Detroit, the daughter of Henry & Violet (Popkie) Thomas.


Florence had resided in Chelsea since 1963. She attended Wayne State University. Florence was a housewife who worked on the farm.  She loved writing poems.

On September 10, 1949, she married James Edward Phinney in Detroit, and he preceded her in death on Feb. 16, 1996. Survivors include her daughter, Kathleen A. Phinney of Chelsea; two sons, Jim E. Phinney of GA and Chris T.  Phinney of Chelsea; a brother, Donald (Judy) Thomas of St. Claire Shores; two granddaughters, Amber (Davey) Davis, and Heather Phinney; two great-grandchildren, Rebecca and Sylvia Davis; and many nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by a son, John, on January 5, 1978, and a brother, Reginald Thomas.

A Funeral Mass was held Wednesday, June 20, 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church, Chelsea, with Rev. Dr. William J. Turner officiating.  Burial  followed at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Chelsea. The family received friends Monday from 6-8 pm and Tuesday from 2-4 & 6-8 pm at Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or Arbor Hospice, 2366 Oak Valley Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48103-8944.

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