Florene Elizabeth Tucker Archer
Florene Archer was born February 13, 1917, in Omak, Wash., and passed away February 3, 2012, ten days before her 95th birthday. Her parents were Harry Cleveland Tucker and Frances Etecta Hobart Tucker. Florene was the youngest of their five children. Just before her first birthday, her father was killed in a railroad accident. Her mother took the five children to her father's home in Illinois where she met and married William Wright. The family returned to Omak and three more daughters were born.
In 1935, Florene graduated from Omak High School and, in 1936, she met and married James Bernice Archer. They were married 51 years when he died of complications from a stroke in 1987. During their married years they lived in many Washington and Oregon mill towns where her husband was a saw filer. They lived in Kinzua and Vanport, two Oregon towns that no longer exist. They also lived in Albany, Tillamook, Roseburg, Oakland, and Medford. A few years after her husband died, Florene and her daughter, Donna June, moved to Florence, and finally to Eugene/Springfield.
Florene was a good mother and homemaker, chocolate chip cookies being her specialty. Because Jim was the consummate builder/remodeler, she learned to cook her way around construction projects. She was an active member of the United Methodist Church wherever she lived. In various home towns she worked on election boards, belonged to Rebekahs, enjoyed garden clubs, and joined Oregon State University Home Extension chapters. She enjoyed crossword puzzles and reading biography and history. She didn't watch much, but she religiously supported the Mariners! She liked, "Little House on the Prairie", "Lawrence Welk", and "I Love Lucy." At Sheldon Oaks and Sweetbriar she loved winning candy and nickels at bingo.
She especially enjoyed being a grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother, gathering her flock for every celebratory occasion. She loved to travel with her daughter and granddaughters and especially enjoyed her last "big" trip to Hingham, Massachusetts, birthplace of her maternal Hobart ancestors. The last few weeks of her life she was lovingly cared for by her granddaughter, Deanna.
Florene was predeceased by her husband, her three brothers, one sister, one half-sister, and daughter-in-law. Romaine Archer. She is survived by half-sisters. Kay Babcock and Alma Carlton. of Yakima, Wash., area; her children, twins, Donna June Darling, of Eugene, Ore., and Jerry Archer, of Medford, Ore., Jim Archer, of Florence, Ore., and Joan Forster (Ken), of Salem, Ore., and Rancho Mirage, Calif.; five grandchildren and two stepgrandsons, Deanna Jacobson (Don), of Springfield, Ore., and Deanise Mulhollen (Richard), of Jacksonville, Ore., Steve Archer. of Medford. Ore., Jennifer Archer of Springfield, Ore., Michelle Momeny (Ryan), of Camas, Wash., Todd Johnson, of Oklahoma, and Greg Johnson, of Canby, Ore.; five great-grandchildren and five step-great- grandchildren, Megan Delack, of Roseburg, Ore., Amanda Scott (Tony), of Eugene, Ore., Brian Mulhollen (Summer), of Pollick Pines, Calif., Jared Mulhollen (Amy), of Central Point, Ore., Kathleena McCollum, of Prospect, Ore., Calvin, Lauren, Taylor and Joseph Johnson, of Oklahoma, and Elizabeth Johnson, of Canby, Ore.; and nine great-great-grandchildren, Meara Stufflebeam, Emma, Jacob, and Lily Scott, Ethan, Natalie, and Abigail Mulhollen, Gwyneth Mulhollen, and William Fath.
Graveside services are being held in Medford on Wednesday, February 8, 2012, 1:00 p.m., at Siskiyou Memorial Park. A celebration of her life is planned for summer at her granddaughters home in Springfield.
Remembrances in her name may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Oregon Chapter, 104 SW Clay Street, Portland, OR 97201 or United Methodist Church, 333 Kingwood Street, Florence, OR 97439.
Arrangements are with Perl Funeral Home, 541-772-5488.