Celeste Norris Florence,93, died April 18, 2017. Celeste was born July 1, 1923 in Greenville S.C. She lived in Savannah, Cedartown, and Trion for 59 years. She was the daughter of Harold and Pauline Norris. She attended Armstrong State College and graduated from Berry College.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Neal Florence.
She is survived by a brother, Lt. Col. James C. Norris and wife, Rachel Norris of Haughton, La. Two children, Neal Florence and wife, Carolyn Florence of LaFayette, Ga., and Nan Parker and Husband, Breck Parker of LaFayette, Ga. Four grandchildren, Dr. Mason Florence and wife Rachel of Watkinsville, Ga., Dr. Kevin Florence and wife, Rachel of Watkinsville, Ga., Amy Clifton and husband, Chad of Statesboro, Ga., and Dr. Reed Parker of Knoxville Tn. Eight great grandchildren, Samuel, Caroline, Anna Florence, Luke and Kate Florence, Madalyn, Audrey, and Jake Clifton.
Celeste was active in her family, friendships and community. She was a teacher at Third Street School in Cedartown, Ga., and Trion Elementary School. Trustee of the Chattooga Library, Chairman of the Trion Zoning board, member of the DAR, Who's Who of American Women, Chattooga Historical Society, Atlanta Friendship Force, Elder Hostel, Red Hat Society, Wednesday Morning Bridge, and the Trion United Methodist Church.
She enjoyed traveling around the world with lifelong friends and relaxing at Lake Weiss with family and friends. She was a lifelong learner and always optimistic. Her long life and inspiring influence was a blessing to all.
A heartfelt thank you to caregivers, Terra Turner, Shirley Bowers, Rosland Mosley, Tonie Autullo, and the wonderful staff at Oakview Health and Rehabilitation in Summerville, Ga.
Memorial service will be held 5 pm Saturday, April 22 at the LaFayette First United Methodist Church with Pastor David Autry officiating.
Visitation will take place Saturday at the church from 3:30 pm until time of service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Trion United Methodist Church at PO Box 1014, Trion Ga 30753.
Arrangements are by Wallis-Wilbanks Funeral Home, LaFayette.