The Joplin Globe
JOPLIN, MO —
Flora Mae Case loved an adventure. She started her final adventure on April 23rd, 2012, when she entered heaven to enjoy her eternal life. Flora was 88 years young.
She was born on May 31st, 1923, in Oolagah, Okla., to James Lonzo Wright and Clara Lou Waldro Wright. She had four sisters and two brothers.
On Jan. 20, 1943, she married Fred L. Case Sr. To this union was born a son, Fred Case Jr.; and two daughters, Linda Mae Lamb (Johnny) and Cinda Kay Sweet.
Flora worked with her husband in their heating and air conditioning business until Fred’s retirement due to an illness. At this time she started her career at Eagle Picher Industries, retiring in 1988.
Flora was always active with her family as a leader in Scouts and 4-H. After her retirement she started her full time job enjoying life. She was an active member of Out and About through MSSC, Habitat for Humanity, Area Agency on the Aging and volunteering at Freeman Hospital. She enjoyed many wonderful trips with her daughters and their families and many senior citizen trips from bus trips to the Smithsonian to an Alaskan cruise, where she explored the skies with an area bush pilot.
Flora always loved fishing and boating. For her 70th birthday, she started swimming lessons and for years entered the Senior Olympics in the swimming and other categories.
Later, she met a special man in her life, Raymond Sherrill. They became frequent traveling companions experiencing life on the road in the slow lane. Flora was the navigator and Raymond the chauffeur. If she chose the wrong turn, they just saw it as an opportunity to explore an unexpected adventure. They enjoyed sunsets in most of the 50 states. Raymond preceded her in death in 2009.
Also preceding her in death were her parents; siblings; husband; and her son-in-law, Rick Sweet.
Surviving her in addition to her children and son-in-law are five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and her very special lifelong friends, Carrie and C.S. Rose, of Cassville, Mo.
The family wish to thank the staff of Barnsdall Nursing Home in Barnsdall, Okla., along with the dedicated Rivercross Hospice person for their loving care.
Services will be Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery with Nancy Hutson officiating. The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Parker Mortuary.
Online condolences may be made at www.parkermortuary.com