Florence Myers Leishman was born September 5, 1917 at Reed Point Montana in the home of Doctor Melvin. She is the daughter and only child of Franklin Joseph and Kathryn Bell Myers. Because of illness of her father and Florence being the only child, there developed a very close relationship between Florence and her mother. It continued throughout their lives.
Florence's early years were spend living in Yellowstone Park and in the summer. This is where she had taken care of baby bear cubs for playmates. She lived in Shelly Idaho in the fall and winter. Her mother ran a cafe and Florence said she remembered bring friends from school to the cafe for lunch and her mom giving them all a bowl of soup. Not once did she remember her mother ever turning anyone away.
When she was 12 years old she and her mother moved to Wellsville. At this time they were the only non-L.D.S. here in Wellsville. She was baptized on November 2, 1935 by James Adamson Leishman and confirmed by Evan Bankhead. While she was in high school she played the saxophone in the band and it was during these high school growing up years that she dated whom she fondly called her "honey" and when she was 18 years old she and Reese were married in the Logan Temple.
Of this union was born four children whom Florence lovingly called her little darlings. Florence was a devoted mother and if it was humanly possible she attended everything her children participated in. Often she would take her lunch hour at strange times so she could accomplish this.
I know one of the things she enjoyed most of all and that was going to watch Dallas race in chariot racing and how excited she got when he won. But she was proud of all her children, their husbands and wives and her grandchildren held a very special place in her heart. Devotion was truly a way of life for Florence. Watever job she accepted she did willingly and well. I believe she was one of the Keith O'Brien's most devoted employees and she really dreaded the time when she had to stop working there. She made many friends through her work and its been said and I know its true that Florence never met a stranger.
She was devoted to the church, having held positions in all the auxiliaries. She sang in the choir and was president of that group for years. She was a devoted temple worker. I've heard her say may times "Oh, we can't do that, because that's our temple night".
Florence had a unique sense of humor and great courage. One of the things that she enjoyed most, occured quite regularly every other Saturday night and that was the evenings spent up Logan Canyon with good friends. But most of all Florence was a devoted wife and she loved Reese with all of her heart. It takes many ingredients to make a marriage. A man with a soul, a woman with a heart. Two human beings who care. Marriage is two hearts singing one song, a friendly hand to hold in the night, sharing things like sunsets, shooting starts and harvest moons. Florence and Reese's marriage was all of these things and more. It was a partnership. It was a lasting love affair. It was a trusting friendship between two people who like each other enough to spend forever together. Their marriage was a blending of true love and true respect and it was a beautiful magical moment that lasted a life time.
If you stand very still in the heart of a wood, you will hear many wonderful things. The snap of a twig and the wind in the trees. The whirl of invisible wings. If you stand very still in the turmoil of life and you wait for the voice from within you'll be led down the quiet ways of wisdom and peace. In a mad world of chaos and sine, if you stand very still and you hold your faith you will get all the help that you ask. You will draw from the silence the things that you need. Hope and courage and strength for your task. These are the things that I pray for, for this family and I do it in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
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