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Obituary: Defeyter, Florence May

SUNDAY, JAN. 19, 2014

Age 83

DeFEYTER, Florence May 09/22/30-01/08/14 Florence was born in Pasco, WA., and raised on a wheat farm in the Horse Heaven Hills of Kennewick.

Known as Flossie or Flo, she was involved with pep club, student council, Rainbow girls, and Red Cross camp in California before graduating from Kennewick High School in 1948.

Attending W.S.U., Flo received a teaching degree in Home Economics, pursuing her love for interior and fashion design.

She met Don DeFeyter at W.S.U.

and they married in 1953.

Flo taught for one year, then they moved to Fairbanks, AK., while Don served in the Air Force.

Returning to Spokane in 1957, they settled in and raised their three children while Don worked in the family business of Power City Electric.

Flo enjoyed playing bridge, sewing ice skating outfits for her daughter, and served on the Mead High School booster club.

She spent time with her family at Lake Pend O’Reille, boating around the San Juan Islands and Canada, and traveled to Mexico, Arizona, Hawaii, and Europe (Paris was her favorite city).

After more than 50 years living in Spokane, Flo moved to Tacoma in 2011 to be closer to her daughter.

Flo loved shopping, fashion, decorating, and anything sweet.

Her caring spirit was felt through a thoughtful card in the mail or chatting with friends and family on the phone.

She was a generous hostess who loved to serve others and be with her family.

Flo will be greatly missed by her daughter, Teresa Osterhaus (Dave) of Tacoma; grandchildren, Aaron (Jessica), Katie, Dustin (Bekah), Travis, and Bryce; brother, Wayne Smith (Kennewick); daughter-in-law, Marsha (Spokane); sister-in-law, Barbara Betlach (Seattle); nephew, Ryan; and nieces; Jill, LeeAnna, and Jennifer; many cousins and friends.

Preceded in death by sons, Dave and Jeff; grandson, Peter; parents, Henry and Edith Smith; and sister, Arlene Thompson.

A private family gathering will be held at a future date.


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