Florence Anthony Gallimore passed away peacefully on October 4, 2016 at Brookdale Senior Living Solutions , Westminster, MD where she had resided since March 2015. She had moved to Maryland to be close to family to enjoy frequent visits, and share family celebrations including her recent 95th birthday celebration. She was born on a farm in Lincolnton, NC, on September 20, 1921, the sixth child of the late Cephus P. Anthony and Rosa Anna Ramseur Anthony. Her father farmed until disabling injuries caused him to become a general merchandise store operator; and her mother was a homemaker, and an accomplished seamstress and cook. Her father placed a high priority on hard work, service, and education. He created a clay tennis court for family so Florence learned the sport early and played on her college team. She and her siblings completed college at Lenoir Rhyne College, Hickory, NC. She was predeceased by her loving husband of 58 years, Harry Gallimore, Jr. of Newton, NC; and brothers: David Abraham, George Andrew, and Richard Ramseur Anthony; and sisters: Hazel Anthony Lutz, and Louise Anthony McNeely. Florence is survived by two daughters: Patsy G. and husband, Milton E, Taylor, Sykesville, MD; and Joyce G. and husband, Sam Swanson, S. Burlington, VT. Also, she is survived by three grandsons: Matthew G., E. Andrew, and Aaron A., and wife, Emily V. Taylor; and four great-grandchildren: Colin G., Brealynn A., Alexander S. , and Jonah M. Taylor; and dearly loved nieces and nephews: Arlene Lutz Baker, Judy Lutz Carter, Lois Lutz Romahn , Philip Anthony , David Anthony, Anne G. Hollifield, Sandra Gallimore, and Ray E. Gallimore. Florence graduated valedictorian in 1938 from Blackburn High School in Catawba County. She earned a B.A. from Lenior Rhyne College in 1942, and received a High School Teacher's Certificate for English and Commercial Subjects from the NC Department of Public Instruction . Florence's college education almost ended abruptly after her freshman year when her father died, but her sister Louise helped her pay for college expenses. After graduation, she worked as an interviewer for the War Manpower Commission in Hickory, NC for three years, where she met her future husband. Florence taught business subjects including bookkeeping, typing, and shorthand at Bunker Hill High School for many years until she pursued a graduate program when her school principal recruited her to become a guidance counselor. She earned an M.A. in counseling from Appalachian State Teachers College in Boone, NC, and became a guidance counselor at the high school. She occasionally played in teacher-student basketball games at Bunker Hill High School, and often attended games to cheer for her team. After her younger daughter completed high school in the municipal system, she switched to Newton Conover Middle School as a counselor. After 29 years teaching, Florence retired, but when her children visited, they often encountered residents who recognized her and declared what a wonderful teacher and counselor she was. She tried to learn the name of every student she taught. Florence was active in the Nu Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, a member for over 30 years. Florence was a member of Beth-Eden Lutheran Church in Newton, NC for over 50 years. She was active visiting the homebound, attending Lutheran women meetings, Sunday School and Leisure Timers giving of her time and talent as needed. She loved gardening and working in her yard, playing bridge with her dear female friends and enjoying barbeques and social events with her close friends. Florence adored her grandchildren, and great-grandchildren and delighted in spending time with them as recently as days before her passing. Florence had a ready smile and a "thank you, thank you" when anyone gave her help or paid her a compliment. Her family is grateful for the excellent care Florence received from nurses and caregivers at Abernathy Laurels, Newton, NC from November 2009 to February 2015 and at Brookdale Senior Living Solutions in Westminster, MD during the last 18 months. In lieu of flowers, the family recommends any donations be made to Beth Eden Lutheran Church, 400 North Main Avenue, Newton, NC 28658, Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, 2205 Old Liberty Road, Eldersburg, MD 21784 or the Alzheimer's Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011. A memorial service will be held at Holy Spirit Lutheran, 2205 Old Liberty Rd, Eldersburg MD on Saturday October the 15th 2016 at 11 a.m. A memorial service will be held at Beth Eden Lutheran Church, 400 North Main Avenue, Newton, NC 28658 on November 20, 2016 at 3 p.m.
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