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GLASS, Florence Joy McKemie, age 97, of Mt. Vernon, Illinois died after a lengthy illness at 4:15 PM on Sunday, October 2, 2016 at Countryside Manor in Mt. Vernon. A native of Louisville, KY, she was born on December 22, 1918 to Mary Louise and Augustus Keaton McKemie. After graduating from Walnut Hills High School in Cincinnati, OH, she was awarded a scholarship to Connecticut College for Women which she attended for two years. Miss McKemie married Theodore Gunter Glass of Montgomery, AL on July 11, 1938. During her entire life she was an avid supporter of the arts both musical and visual. Florence was a member of the Friends of the Mitchell Museum at Cedarhurst since its inception in 1973 and a guarantor of the Cedarhurst Chamber Music concerts from their beginnings. She also supported the St. Louis Opera Theater, the Metropolitan Opera of New York, the St. Louis Symphony, the St. Louis Museum of Art, and numerous other charities. Florence was also an ardent "birder" and she and her husband, Ted, as he was known to their friends, took several Audubon Field Trips to Africa and South America in search of them. In return, she crewed for her husband who was a recreational sailor, racing the one design class sloop, Flying Scot from 1965 to 1996. In the end they were honored as the oldest husband and wife team sailing in the fleet. Florence was also a member of the Trinity Episcopal Church Alter Guild for over 60 years. She was preceded in death by her husband in 2003. She is survived by her daughter, Meriwether Wilson, of Roseville, CA, a son, Gunter Glass and wife Kathleen of Chapel Hill, NC, a grandson Andrew Wilson and wife, Lysbeth, of Stafford, VA, a great granddaughter, McKenna Wilson, and step grandsons, Alec Wilson of Oklahoma City, OK, and Erin Wilson of Los Irvine, CA. A visitation will be held at the Trinity Church Parish Hall from 3:00PM to 5:00PM Sunday, October 9th, and a memorial mass will be said at 11 AM Monday, October 10th at Trinity Episcopal Church, 11th and Harrison in Mt. Vernon, the Rev. Ben Hankinson officiating. Interment will take place at Oakwood Cemetery in Montgomery, AL at a date to be determined. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cedarhurst Center for the Arts or to Trinity Episcopal Church.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Newell Funeral Home where you may call the Mount Vernon office at (618) 246-0100, the Waltonville office at (618) 279-7272, or visit www.newellfuneralhome.com for further information and to send condolences.
Published on October 5, 2016
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