Florence Sarlls

Funeral services for Florence Edith (Garvin) Sarlls, 88, Lawrence, will be held at 2:00 p.m., December 27, 2012 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence.  Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery in Lawrence.  She died on Thursday, December 20, 2012 at Medicalodges Eudora.

Florence was born on April 26, 1924 in McDonald County, MO the daughter of Marc and Bernice (Hogland) Garvin.

She married Lester Leon Sarlls on January 13, 1942 in Coy, MO.  He preceded her in death May 15, 2000 after 58 years of marriage.

Florence and Lester moved to Lawrence in 1947.  They bought a little home where Allen Fieldhouse sets today.  They moved to North Lawrence after the flood in 1951.  In 1955 they moved to Delaware Street and in 1960 moved to Eudora. 
Florence worked for Stokely-Van Camp for 33 years.  She retired as a Lab Technician in 1979.  Florence and Lester then moved to the Lake of the Ozarks where she loved to fish.  In 1988 they returned to Lawrence.

She was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church in Lawrence.

Survivors include one daughter, Bernice, and husband Bill Vervynck, Lawrence; two sons, W.L. Sarlls, Tucson, AZ, Clyde Sarlls, Oskaloosa; one sister, Anna May Morris, Eugene OR; five grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; and one great-great granddaughter.

She was also preceded in death by six sisters, Velma Stewart, Emma Jo Barnes, Louise Fields, Paulene Wright, Allene Hawkins, Dorothy Dell McMillen; five brothers, Newton Garvin, Lacy Garvin, John Garvin, Marc Garvin, Roy Garvin; and one granddaughter, Karen Kay Sarlls.

The family will greet friends from noon until service time on Thursday at the mortuary.

The family suggests memorials in her name to Medicalodges Eudora, Visiting Nurses of Douglas County, or Fellowship Baptist Church and may be sent in care of the mortuary.

5 Condolences

  1. Stanley Hayden on December 24, 2012 at 8:29 am

    So sorry to hear of your loss
    Linda and My thought’s and prayers are with you

    Stanley and linda

  2. Joan Stevenson on December 26, 2012 at 9:00 am

    my prayers are with you in this time of sadness. I know how you will miss youre mom now. I always enjoyed visiting with Florence every time I saw her and Lester. And oh how they loved to fish.
    joan S

  3. Linda (Kelley, Sarlls) Bowers on December 26, 2012 at 9:28 am

    My prayers are for the family today. I know Florence has joined Lester in a better place. She will be missed. I will always remember her water skiing and fishing. She loved to be around the water. A special thanks to her daughter Bernice, who has so lovingly cared for her Mother these past many years.

  4. Kim Sarlls on December 26, 2012 at 9:43 am

    My heart is with my family, even though my body was not able to make the long trip. Granny was my last living Grandparent. I have some precious memories of going to the lake with her and Grandpa.Besides fishing, and her flowers, Granny loved to cook and would often let me help. She was very good at all she did. All my love, Kim

  5. Stephen and Kinda Skea on December 27, 2012 at 8:18 am

    Our prayers are with your family as you go through this difficult time of loss. Florence was a very special friend to all of us at Fellowship Baptist Church. We will miss her, but we know that she has been called by her Savior to a place where there is no sorrow, pain, or death. (Revelation 21:1-4)

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