Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

December 27, 2012
Florence McBride

Obit Florence McBrideOur loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend Florence S. McBride passed away Dec. 23. Florence was the daughter of William Carlyle and Mary Ellen Hodges Smith. She was born on Jan. 28, 1919, at the home of her grandparents, William Edwards and Elsie Ann Smith in Beaver. Although her family lived on a farm, she always claimed to be a “city girl” since farming was not her preferred way of life. Florence graduated from Beaver High School and served as student body vice president her senior year. She attended Utah State University, where she met her future husband Karl McBride. While Karl was finishing his senior year, she attended the LDS Hospital School of Nursing. She married Karl McBride Dec. 7, 1939 in the St. George Temple. They later moved to Tooele into the home they would occupy for the rest of their married life. Florence was active in community and church affairs all her life. As PTA president of Tooele Junior High School, she started the back to school night for parents. She taught several 4-H clubs, including the fine art of sewing and cooking. She always enjoyed playing the piano, and for many years she played for the second grade students at Harris Elementary. Florence’s dedication to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was demonstrated through her tireless hours of service in sharing the gospel to everyone she met. Her many responsibilities included ward and stake young women’s president, ward and stake relief society president and ward and choir organist. She served with her husband for nine years as ordinance workers in the Salt Lake Temple, as well as missionaries in the Peoria, Ill., mission. Later on in life, Florence was a caregiver for her mother and husband, often taking them to social and church events in two wheelchairs. Her greatest love was for her family. She tried to make each holiday a big celebration at her home to foster love and family togetherness. She is survived by her son Joseph, daughter-in-law Carolyn, brothers J.C. Smith and Clark Smith, sister-in-law Carolyn Smith, five grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Karl, brother Delmer Smith and sisters-in-law Vera and Carol Smith. The family would like to express their appreciation to the nurses and staff at Diamond Jane’s Assisted Living, Mountain West Medical Center and Harmony Healthcare. The viewing will be held Dec. 28 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Tate Mortuary, 110 S. Main St. in Tooele. Funeral services will be held Dec. 29 at 11 a.m. at the Tooele North Stake Center, 583 N. 270 East, with a viewing from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. prior to services. Interment will be in the Tooele City Cemetery.

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