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104-year old woman dies in Lowestoft

PUBLISHED: 15:00 17 February 2015

Florence Brown has died at the age of 104

Florence Brown has died at the age of 104

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CENTENARIAN DIES: A 104-year old woman, who worked as a nurse in the Second World War and later trained as a midwife, has died.

Florence Brown worked as a nurse during the Second World WarFlorence Brown worked as a nurse during the Second World War

Florence Brown, also known as ‘Flo’ died on December 28 and was the last surviving child of Chester and Anne Brown.

Miss Brown lived through two world wars and chose to take up a career in nursing. She was dedicated to helping patients that were injured and went to London to train; a big step for a woman from Lowestoft at the time.

Miss Brown was passionate about her job as she nursed in the blitzed Surrey docklands during the Second World War. She also brought many patients back to Pakefield for further treatment.

Miss Brown then became a qualified midwife and was also in charge of outpatients which covered A&E as well as the general medical demands of St Olaves Hospital in Rotherhithe.

After a dedicated career, she decided to come back to Lowestoft and look after her parents, but classed retirement as the saddest day of her life.

However, Miss Brown continued to travel widely with her old friend Margaret Hooper and with her sister Gwen. She was 96 when she went to Switzerland and regularly went on cruises.

As she received her letter from the Queen at the age of 100, Miss Brown still enjoyed a good old sing song. As the years passed and her eyesight deteriorated, she still enjoyed the company of friends and family and appreciated the wide support which allowed her to stay independent and remain in her own home.

The funeral service was held at All Saint’s and St Margaret’s Church in Pakefield last Thursday, February 5, Canon Bob Baker officiated.

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