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DANVILLE - Florence Witsman was born October 27, 1932, in Paris, Ill., to Everett and Louvary Petty. They preceded her in death. She passed from this world on March 11, 2018.
She graduated from Paris High School in 1951 and Nursing School in 1954.
She married Walter Gene Witsman on August 18, 1956. He preceded her in death on October 13, 2012.
She is survived by two sons, Karl (Donna) and Dennis, both of Danville; one daughter, Peggy (Gary) Norman of Evansville, Ind.; and four grandchildren, Laura Fahey of Indianapolis, Mariah Witsman of West Liberty, Iowa, and Mason Witsman of Rock Island, Ill., and Andrew Witsman of Oakwood. She also had a great-grandchild, Theodore Peter Dudley Witsman. She loved them all very much.
Her sisters included Norma Sudduth of Paris, Viola Young of Chrisman, and Lola (Ron) Logan of Potage, Mich. Also surviving are lots of great-nieces and great-nephews and great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews; sister-in-law Eunice Petty of Oscoda, Micah and Sue Attkisson of Paris.
Five brothers preceded her in death, Bob Petty, Jim Petty, Junior, Larry Wayne and Harold Eugene Attkisson; one sister, Thelma Barkley; and one brother-in-law, Tom Barkley.
She worked at Lakeview Hospital from 1955 to 1971. At different times she helped at Olin in Covington, Ind., and Army Ammunition Depot in Newport, Ind. She worked at the VA hospital from 1971 to her 1989 retirement.
She loved owls and collected all different kinds of owl collectibles and books. She did Sudoku and Word Search puzzles. She loved her dog, Kiya.
A Celebration of Life Visitation will be 1-4 p.m. Sunday, March 18, at Sunset Funeral Home, 3940 N. Vermilion St., Danville. Per Florence's wishes, she has donated her body to science. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery at a later date.
Memorials may be sent to C.A.R.A. 609 E 5th St, Tilton, IL 61833. Please join Florence's family in sharing memories, photos and videos on her Tribute Wall at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com
Published on March 12, 2018
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