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Florence Ellen Cavender
December 3, 1920 ~ January 23, 2017
January 30, 2017
Florence Cavender passed away peacefully with her son by her side on Monday, January 23, 2017. Funeral services were conducted Friday, January 27, at Coffelt’s Funeral Chapel, Sandpoint. Interment followed in Pinecrest Memorial Park.

Florence was born in Claymont, Delaware, on December 3, 1920.

She is survived by her son Wayne and wife Bethany in Naples, grandchildren Casey (and Tori), Bailey, Chloe and Tucker; and her sister Catherine and her family; Chip, Donna, Doug (and Melissa) and great-niece Devon in New Castle, Delaware.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband Les and her son Gary.

Florence and Les were married on September 6, 1940, and raised their family in New Castle. Florence was a school secretary for many years and was known for her love of the color lavender. Once a year the school celebrated Lavender Cavender Day, decorating and dressing in lavender in her honor.

When the boys left home, Florence and Les became avid travelers. They proudly claimed to have visited all 50 states, as well as England and Germany. They also enjoyed numerous cruises. She even had the bottle opener collection to prove it!

She and Les moved to Sandpoint in 1987 to be closer to their two boys, both of whom lived in Naples. They enjoyed spending time with their families, especially their grandchildren.

She was happiest when all of her family was together and they celebrated many holidays on Larch Street.

Florence would bring both plastic and hardboiled eggs to hide at Easter, and the plastic eggs always had money in them. There was always one egg with a dollar in it, and her grandchildren quickly discovered that the lavender egg had the dollar bill.

Her grandson Casey fondly remembers time spent with Florence at their house on Larch Street, lying in the grass and looking in the sky for cloud shapes. Her granddaughter Bailey shares a birthday with Florence, and they would always sing happy birthday to each other at the same time, and often off-key.

She was a member of the Sandpoint United Methodist Church, which she and Les attended until they their health made it difficult for them to attend regularly. They were also regulars at Connie’s in Sandpoint, with Florence’s Hot Turkey Sandwich being named in her honor.