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Florence Severson

Florence Severson, age 97, of Cove, Arkansas passed peacefully away Wednesday, January 23, 2019 in Mena.  She was born on July 28, 1921 in Muskegon, Michigan to the late Louis Gagnon and the late Alice Regno Gagnon.

Florence was a faithful member of St. Agnes Catholic Church and was often heard telling people how “God is taking care of me.”

She was a licensed beautician in the state of Minnesota and spent many years in that field.  She also enjoyed jobs in a garden center and in a factory making blimps.  When she moved to Mena she spent 15 beautiful years giving long term loving care to many elderly women.  Florence loved to cook and was known for her pies, cakes and various kinds of bread.  She delighted in being out and about; dancing, playing cards, shopping and socializing. She was a dedicated bell ringer for the Salvation Army for many years and always dressed up to celebrate the ringing.

Florence loved all animals and especially her dogs.  Peanut was forever by her side.  She was her “baby.”

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 53 years, Gordon Severson; five sisters, Eva Dault, Isabelle Gagnon, Margaret Beggel, Evelyn Juaire, and Beatrice Fuller, and by four brothers, Leo, Bill, Ed and Harry Gagnon.

Florence is survived by her only son, Steve and wife, Peggy of Cove.  She has three grandsons; Tim and Pricila of Las Vegas, NV; Tom and Carolyn of Alvin, Texas; and Brian of Cove.  There are also two great grandsons.  As dear to her as family were Liz Super and family, Randy Zalky, and Barbara Hill, all of Cove; Diane and Robert Garcia, of Hatfield; and Ruth Velzke of Faribault, Minnesota. In addition many people loved her and will miss her from St. Agnes Catholic Church, where she was an unforgettable and faithful member.

It has been said in both Minnesota and in Arkansas, “If you see something coming down the road fast and glittery, you’ll know it’s Florence.”

A memorial mass will be held on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at St. Agnes Catholic Church.  The rosary service will begin at 10:00 A.M. led by Deacon Tony Salamone.  Mass will follow celebrated by the pastor, Father Joseph Shantiraj.  Cremation services are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel in Mena, Arkansas.

Florence will be taken to be buried next to her husband, Gordon in Minnesota at a later date.

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com

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