Obituary of Florence Dorthea Arnott
Arnott, Florence Dorothea Florence was born in Brock, Saskatchewan January 28, 1916. She was the only daughter of Margaret and Andrew Hueston and had three brothers. After finishing high school she travelled to Ontario, lived with relatives in Lanark and found employment at the woolen mill. While she lived here she met her future husband Raymond Arnott a young farmer. They married November 5, 1948 in Brock, Saskatchewan and honeymooned while driving back to Ontario. They began their life together on a farm in the Rosetta area. In 1959 they moved their family of five children, belongings and livestock to Pine Grove where they continued to farm for the rest of their lives. She was a dedicated and loving mother to five, grandma to ten and great-grandma to three. She was kind, good, caring, thoughtful, a keen sense of humour, compassionate, loving, friendly, and an excellent teacher. She provided a home for her own children, as well as many foster children, from babies to teenagers. She thrived on the hustle and bustle of a very busy household that would exhaust most people to-day. Her life was filled with a variety of activities that she thoroughly enjoyed. She loved to cook and bake - especially when grandchildren were coming and she made three square meals a day - EVERY day. Her gardens - vegetable, flower or berries - were her pride and joy. She loved music - playing the piano, singing hymns or listening to her favourites - Charlie Pride or Randy Travis. Her hands were never idle ¬whether it was knitting, sewing, patching, or darning. Her green thumb could start anything from a slip, as was evident in the array of beautiful African violets adorning her house. After years of raising her family, her husband Raymond and her stayed on the farm downsized some of their activities but kept going strong on a lot of them. The farm was their life. In 1999 the love of her life, and partner for 51 years died. She stayed on the farm until two years ago at the age of 90, when she moved to Lanark Lodge in Perth where she felt safe and comfortable. Her good work ethics and values have been passed on to her grandchildren by her wonderful upbringing of her own children. Many people who knew Florence considered her an inspiration to them. Her reliable encouragement and guidance could always be depended on. Left to mourn are her children Joyce (Laurie) Raycroft, Jim (Diane), Connie (Harry) Merkley, Cathy (Ron) Mulville and Debbie Arnott; 10 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren; brother Raymond (Vera) Hueston and the late Lloyd (Vera) Hueston and Jack McAnulty; brother-in-laws and sister-in laws - Robert and Marion Arnott, Marguerite and Eric Scarf and Mary Lou Arnott as well as numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Predeceased by brother-in-law and sister-in-¬law Wilmer and Margaret Arnott. Visitation was held at Young Funeral Home, Lanark ,Ontario Tuesday, June 24th with the funeral on Wednesday June 25th at 2: 00 P.M. officiated by reverend Don Wilmer. Interment Pine Grove Cemetery. In remembrance, contributions to St. Andrews United Church in Lanark, Pine Grove Cemetery or the Canadian Diabetes Association would be appreciated. I am my mother's garden, And I hope today she feels the love reflected back from me.