Florence Suella Smith, 80, of Defiance, passed away on Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at her residence.
Florence was born on October 21, 1940 to Earl and Evelyn (Sigler) Richmond in Peach Orchard, Missouri. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Jerry Tipton Sr., Jack Cooper, and Robert Smith.
Florence was a member of Defiance Moose Lodge #2094, Eagles #372, VFW #3360, and American Legion #117. She loved to dance and enjoyed riding her bike, scratch off lottery tickets, and singing karaoke. She treasured her time spent with her grandkids.
Florence is survived by her children, Jerry Tipton, Jr. of Defiance, Robert Tipton of Defiance, Daniel (Pat) Tipton of Kentucky, and Melissa (Tony) Fisher of Defiance. She also leaves behind her partner and caregiver, Richard Franklin of Defiance, 10 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, six brothers, and four sisters.
In addition to her parents and husbands, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Beverly Tipton.
Visitation will be held from 9:00 to 10:00 am on Friday, March 26, 2021 at Schaffer Funeral Home in Defiance. A funeral service will follow at 10:00 am at the funeral home, with Rev. Dale Katcher officiating. Due to pandemic restrictions, masks and social distancing are required. Burial will take place at Riverside Cemetery.
Memorials are suggested to the family. Online condolences can be given at www.Schafferfh.com.
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