Florence May Walker, 84, of West Newton, MA, passed away peacefully on January 26, 2024.
Florence was born on March 3, 1939 to George and Martha Wise in White Horse, PA, the youngest of 3 girls.
She fell in love with Boston when she arrived at Boston University in 1957 after finishing high school at Pequea Valley HS in Kinzers, PA. She supported herself through college receiving a degree in early childhood education. She taught in Boston for 17 years, raised her daughter on her own until she married her husband, Richard, in 1974 to whom she was married 49 years. Together they loved to Nordic ski in New England. They frequented the Newton YMCA and were active in the Boston chapter of AMC. Florence and Andrea became members of the First Unitarian Universalist Society in Newton around 1977. She became an AMC trip leader in her retirement.
Florence is survived by her husband Richard Ivers, daughter Andrea Walker, granddaughter Tianna Koenig, step-daughter Elisabeth Ivers, sister Kathryn Trotta, and many nephews and nieces. She was predeceased by her eldest sister, Janet White and step-son, Richard Ivers Jr.
She was an activist, loved the outdoors around New England and loved reading, writing, and poetry.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Florence's name to the Dementia Society of America. A service will be announced at a later date.