Florence Ellenor Proft, age 93, of Mena, Arkansas entered peacefully into eternal life on Thursday, June 20, 2019. She was born March 8, 1926 to Floyd Edward Beers and Margaret Meta Sunderman Beers in Carter, South Dakota.
She was an incredible woman, who was both loved and admired. She will be missed by so many and was a blessing to all those she came in contact with.
In 1933, when she was just seven years old, her family moved, by covered wagon, from South Dakota to Mena. She was raised in Mena and married Paul Otto Proft in 1945. At the end of World War II and when Paul completed his military service, the couple moved to Detroit, Michigan. They built a home and raised and educated their four children in northern suburbs of Detroit.
While raising her family, Florence attended night school at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. She earned both Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Education.
Florence taught fourth grade in the Warren Consolidated School system for over two decades. She was passionate about the importance of education and especially about reading.
Upon her retirement, Florence and Paul moved back to their beloved Mena. For many years they traveled throughout the United States, in their motor home. She was blessed to visit all fifty states. Florence also traveled internationally, touring Europe and South America. On some occasions she traveled with her grandchildren; other times she toured with church groups.
Florence was a lifelong member of Trinity Lutheran Church and served as president of the Women of Trinity ladies group for many years. She participated actively in other church groups and committees.
She was interested in and well informed about local and national politics. She served as a volunteer reading tutor. And she loved nurturing, cultivating and caring for plants.
Her faith in God, commitment to family, and service to others were guiding principles that served as keystones for her long and successful life.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 53 years, Paul Proft, and Bill Robertson, her husband of 3 years, son Daniel Proft, five brothers, John Beers, Charlie Beers, Edward Beers, Bill Beers, and Bob Beers, two sisters Charlotte Beers and Helena Beers and, grandson, Nathan Meier.
Florence is survived by three daughters, Paula Pederson of Memphis, Tennessee, Lenora Sumsky and her husband Louis Sumsky of Manchester, Connecticut, Loretta Meier and her husband Bill Meier of Ann Arbor, Michigan, three step daughters, Janis Robertson, Sherry Hopkins, and Cynthia Mayhew, fourteen grandchildren, four great grandchildren, countless nieces and nephews, and a host of relatives and friends who will miss her dearly.
She was greatly loved; she will be deeply missed; and will always be remembered.
Please join in celebrating the life of Florence Proft at a memorial service on Thursday, June 27, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Mena with Reverend Timothy J. Henning officiating. Honorary Pallbearers will be Steve Gregor, Dottie VanPelt, Nathan LeBow, Emma Oleski, Frank Profrock, Rev. Donley Hesse, and members of the Women of Trinity.
Memorials are suggested for Trinity Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 1305, Mena, AR 71953 or The Lutheran Heritage Foundation, 51474 Romeo Plank Road, Macomb, MI 48042.
Arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.
Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com