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Florence P.

July 5, 1928 – May 18, 2024

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Obituary for Florence P. Nurse

In Loving Memory
Florence P. Nurse
July 5, 1928 - May 18, 2024

Florence P. Nurse, 95, formerly of Parish, NY, passed away on Saturday, May 18, 2024. Flossie was born in Taberg, NY on July 5, 1928, to Carlton and Violet (Armstrong) Phelps. She graduated high school from Camden, NY and obtained her business degree at CCBI in Rome, NY.

Following her marriage to Vernon (Zeke) Nurse in 1951, she moved to Parish, NY, and after briefly working for the Parish Oil Company, maintained the books for Nurse’s Sunoco and raised their two children. Upon retirement, the couple moved to Cape Coral, FL, and spent many years sailing and welcoming family and friends to their home. After the loss of her beloved husband in 2011, Flossie resided with her daughter and family in Falls Church, VA and, more recently, was a resident in the Elderwood at Liverpool senior living community. However, Flossie’s favorite place was her Panther Lake, NY summer home where, since 1965, she spent every summer.

Whether swimming in Panther Lake, combing Florida’s beaches for seashells, or boating and sailing on the Caloosahatchee river, Flossie enjoyed being in, near, and on the water. She was a voracious reader, easily adapting to a Kindle e-reader in her later years, a champion crossword puzzle solver, and most importantly to her friends and family, a master cookie baker. She happily baked with—and for—family and friends. She was incredibly welcoming, generously sharing hugs with everyone she met.

Flossie is predeceased by her husband Vernon, brothers William, Albert, and Allen Phelps, and sister Eleanor Manton.

Flossie is survived by her son Albert “Bud” (Carol) Nurse of LaFayette, NY, daughter Carol (John) Rice of Falls Church, VA, grand daughters Elizabeth (Phil) Magnuson of Apache Junction, AZ, Amy Seymour of Liverpool, NY, and Katie Rice of Falls Church, VA, step granddaughters Carrie (Brian) Ganoe and Kelly (Scott) Heath of LaFayette, NY, step grandson John (Leigh) Rice Jr. of Asheville, NC, great granddaughter Audrey Seymour, and several step great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews — all who dearly loved and miss her.

Funeral services will be celebrated on Saturday, June 8, 2024 at 2 pm at the Harter Funeral Home, Inc. 2983 West Main St, Parish, NY. Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours from 12 - 2 pm at the funeral home, prior to the service. Burial will follow at the Pleasant Lawn Cemetery. Following the internment, friends and family are invited to a celebration of Flossie’s life at her Panther Lake home.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the American Diabetes Association or the Alzheimer’s Association.

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First Visitation

When Saturday, June 8, 2024 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Harter Funeral Home, Inc - Parish, NY
2983 W. Main Street
Parish, New York 13131
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Service Information

Saturday, June 8, 2024 2:00pm
Harter Funeral Home, Inc - Parish, NY
2983 W. Main Street
Parish, New York 13131

Interment Information

Pleasant Lawn Cemetery
Parish, New York 13131
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