February 21, 1922 October 3, 2012
Florence Hancock Inman was born in Newark, NJ, February 21, 1922, and peacefully passed away at home in Ashland, Oregon. October 3, 2012. She was 90-years young.
Florence was a long-time resident of Ashland, Oregon and will be deeply missed by all who knew her. Florence was born to Fred Lusinger and Gertrude Bischoff and was preceded in death by her parents, as well as Kenneth S. Hancock, her first husband of 40 years, and Charles H. Inman, her second husband of 13 years. Florence and Ken lived in Lynwood, California (Los Angeles County) from their marriage in 1942 until 1967, when they relocated to Ashland to build and manage the KOA Campground on Highway 66, near Emigrant Lake. They sold the campground in 1975 and moved into town to a home on Hillview Drive; Ken passed away in 1982. Florence was blessed to meet Charlie, a widower, via the Ashland Sierra Club; she was 61 and he 71 when they married in December 1983. They hiked, biked and cross-country skied throughout the Rogue Valley and traveled extensively within the U.S. as well as Mexico and Europe. After 13 active and fun years together, Charlie passed away in 1997.
Florence lived her life to the fullest and inspired anyone who came into contact with her with her energy, enthusiasm, healthy living, and positive attitude. She was an avid bicyclist all her adult life and was biking and cross-country skiing into her early 80s. She also loved to hike, bird watch, read, sew, go to movies, and frequent the local garage sales and flea markets. She was a life-long learner and attended classes via OLLI at Southern Oregon University. Since 1975, she was a "pink lady with the Ashland Hospital Auxiliary, had volunteered 5,500 hours, and was most identified as the "Tuesday Blood Pressure Screener. Florence also volunteered at the Ashland Plaza Information Booth, and at the Cabaret and Shakespearean Theatres as an usher and ticket-taker.
Florence is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Brian and Jackie Hancock, of Ashland; one daughter and son-in-law, Candy and Adam Castorena, of Sacramento; one step-daughter, Judy Patterson, of Portland; one step-son and step-daughter-in-law, Brad and CJ Inman, of Medford; one brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Vern and Joan Hancock, of Ashland; four married grandchildren, Kevin Hancock (Jennifer), of Portland, Curtis Hancock (Jennifer), of Medford, Holly Neal (Cameron) of Napa, California, and Spencer Jones (Tiffany), of Silver Spring, Maryland; seven step-grandchildren; and 26 great-grandchildren.
The family wishes to express deep gratitude to all the dear family members, friends, and neighbors who came to visit her during her illness. Those visits were rich, precious, meaningful, and so valued.
A celebration of life service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, October 20, 2012, at Litwiller-Simonsen Funeral Home, 1811 Ashland Street (Highway 66), Ashland, Oregon. The family will greet friends at a reception immediately following the service from 11:00 am 12:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Ashland, 1615 Clark Ave, Ashland.
The family deeply appreciates Mom's Hospice staff and all they did for her and us to sweetly usher her into her eternal life. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Florence Inman's honor to Hospice of Ashland Community Hospital, 1970 Ashland Street, Ashland, OR 97520.
Mom lived by and taught us the Biblical Golden Rule: "Do unto others what you would have them do unto you." Matthew 7:12