The Ottumwa Courier


May 24, 2013

Florence Voss

OSKALOOSA — Florence Lillian Voss, 88, of Oskaloosa, died May 19, 2013 at the MHP Hospice Serenity House in Oskaloosa.

She was born Sept. 16, 1924 in Estherville the daughter of Fredrick and Lavina McFadden Newman. She attended school at Ottumwa High School and The Open Bible Institute in Des Moines. Following school she moved to California. On May 3, 1957, she was united in marriage to Howard E. Voss in Pasadena, Calif.; he died on Oct. 13, 2005. While living in California, Florence worked for an airplane company supporting the war effort. In 1968, they moved back to Oskaloosa and she stayed home to raise her family. Florence was a member of the Faith Evangelical Methodist Church in Oskaloosa. She enjoyed volunteering at the Mahaska County Outreach, collecting dolls and trips to Walmart.

Her family includes her two children and their spouses, Stephen and Michele Voss of Oskaloosa and Shelly and Willie May of Winser, Neb.; four grandchildren, Jessica May, Jasmine (and Hector) Seguin, Dustin Voss (and Abigail Evans), and William “Bud” May (and Kelsey Fiscus); five great grandchildren, Madison, McKenna, Ashton, Maycie and Miles; a sister, Zella Halbrook of Alamo, Texas; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, Florence was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Pauline Pieratt; and four brothers, Robert Newman, Donald Newman, Charles Newman and Lauren Newman.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Bates Funeral Chapel; Pastor David Brown officiating. As was Florence’s wish her body has been cremated, and burial of the urn will be in the University Park Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the MHP Hospice Serenity House.


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