Ward, Florence

It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our remarkable Florence Isabel Ward on November 23, 2020 in Rancho Santa Margarita, California. She was born March 4, 1943 to parents Isabel and William John Ward. Born and raised in Emo, Ontario, Florence graduated from Fort Frances High School.

In 1963, Florence attended McKellar Nursing School and Residence. It was very strict so Flo spent many weekends at the home of Frank and Dorothy Ramsdale so she could kick up her heels a little.

Flo was vibrant and loved life and enjoyed every moment of adventure and excitement – fishing, travelling, fast cars, motorcycles, floral design. She was a friend, mentor, mother to many of her nursing colleagues and staff in California. Florence was a member of the Corvette Club, MAF Malaria in Africa dedicated to eliminating malaria; supporter of Wounded Warrior Project, and Disabled Veterans.

Flo moved to Sarnia in 1963 as an RN. She was a Pediatric Staff RN at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital in Los Angeles, CA from 1967-69. From 1969-2009, Flo was Department Administrator at Kaiser Permanente LAMC, PICU and Pediatrics. She studied Law at University of West Los Angeles from which she graduated in 1991. Flo received her Masters of Science in Nursing at California State University in 2007 as well as Nursing Administration. She was presently Nurse Supervisor at Providence Little Company of Mary.

A 2019 highlight for Florence was becoming Aunt to Rosalyn, Fletcher, Nathan, Emily.

Florence was predeceased by her mother Isabel Ramsdale (1916-1972); father William John “Jack” Ward (1912-1972); sisters Dorothy Joan Ward (1945-46) and Vickie Marie Ward (1949-49); grandparents John Robert Ramsdale and Matilda Ann Routledge; Ramsdale uncles and aunts Harry, Frank, George and Doreen; Ward uncles and aunts George, Ada, Elva; ex-husband Kevin.

Flo is survived by aunt Helen Ramsdale (George), Jack Sanders (Doreen), partner Roy Allen, as well as many numerous cousins, friends and colleagues.

A Celebration of Life will be hosted next summer 2021 at the Emo Cemetery by Gary and Arlene Ramsdale. You can e-mail Gary at g.ramsdale@yahoo.ca if you wish to be advised of the celebration since dates are to be determined.

Should you wish to make a donation in memory of Florence, please choose a charity of your choice.