Former Western First Lady Amelia “Rosemary” Flora passed away at the age of 86 Tuesday, Sept. 27.
Flora died peacefully, just two days before her 87th birthday, according to the Westford Funeral Home & Cremation Service.
Born in Chicago, Illinois as the youngest of 9 children, Flora received her teaching degree from St. Francis College in Fort Wayne, Indiana. After getting her degree, Flora began teaching at Largo High School in Largo, Indiana, where she met her husband of 62 years, former Western President Charles Jerry Flora.
Flora spent much of her life summiting mountains, kayaking, riding camels in Egypt and diving alongside her husband. Along with being first lady of Western, Flora was an active member of the community. Flora was president of the League of Women Voters, a longtime tax consultant for H&R Block, a master diver and underwater photographer.
Flora also spent several years in Kiribati, where she studied reefs and beaches and taught at St. Joseph’s College in Abaiang.
The Flora family asks that donations be made to the Jerry and Rosemary Flora Summer Stipend in Marine Biology at Western in Flora’s memory.