Mount Vernon News

Mount Vernon News
February 15, 2012 11:50 am EST


MOUNT VERNON — Proverbs 31: 10-12 “Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies. The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. She will do him good not evil all the days of her life.” Florence M. Cleary was such a woman. She slipped peacefully from this life into the arms of Jesus Feb. 14, 2012, at her earthly home, in Mount Vernon, surrounded by her family, following a brief but courageous battle with ALS.

Florence was born Oct. 10, 1945, in Mount Vernon, and was a 1963 graduate of Mount Vernon High School and attended Bob Jones University. She served with the United States Army from 1964 to 1966, where she met and married her husband, Jon Cleary.

Florence was a godly woman and an active member of the First Baptist Church in Mount Vernon, where she taught Sunday School and VBS, had served as church clerk for a number of years and was a past deaconess and deaconess chairwoman. She was also a life member of the Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Mount Vernon, life member of the AMVETS in Mount Vernon and a member of the Dan Stone Post of the American Legion in Mount Vernon. Florence retired from Cooper Bessemer in Mount Vernon.

Surviving are her husband, Jon Cleary; her mother, Lida (Chase) Senseman of Mount Vernon; children, Margaret (David) Foster of Dillsburg, Pa., Edward T. Cleary III of Columbus and Deborah (Chris) Woody of Columbus; grandchildren, Danika and Jonathan Foster, and Daniel and Alexis Woody; and her sisters, Ethel Cleary of Oklahoma City, Okla. and Judy (Everett) Stopher of Mount Liberty. Florence was preceded in death by her father, Edward C. Senseman; grandson, Nicholas Woody; and brother-in-law, William Cleary.

Friends may call Friday, Feb. 17, 2011, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home, 619 E. High St., Mount Vernon. A service giving glory to God and celebrating the life of Florence will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church, 303 S. Edgewood Road, Mount Vernon, with the Rev. Bob Hendrix officiating. Burial with military honors by the Knox County Joint Veterans Council will follow at Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church, 303 S. Edgewood Road, Mount Vernon, OH 43050.

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The family would like to extend a special thank you to the Chalmers P. Wylie Veterans Medical Center in Columbus, Paralyzed Veterans of America and Hospice of Knox County for their care and assistance during Florence’s illness.

The Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home in Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of Florence M. Cleary.

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