Florence the Traveler
Florence Blackmun was a curious and adventuresome traveler. She visited Europe, Asia, and Australia as well as Central America, the Caribbean, and all around the U.S.
Her favorite foreign destination: the caves at Lascaux in south-central France. There, 25,000 years ago, prehistoric artists created quite sophisticated paintings of animals that were extant in that period. Over the years, the breath of thousands of visitors has damaged the paintings, and the caves are now closed to all but a few scholars.
In the U.S., Florence's favorite place to visit was The Chautauqua Institution in western New York State. She liked to spend a few weeks there every summer, enjoying the music, the morning lectures, the Victorian architecture, and the great food at the Hotel Atheneum.
Florence the Reader
|Florence was a daily reader of the New York Times and a faithful fan of The New Yorker, Civilization, The Smithsonian, and the new magazine, George.|
Florence the Mother
Ellen Blackmun is married to Jim Wolff and lives with him and Annabelle in Gaithersburg, Maryland. She is the Director of Electronic Services Projects for the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators.
Bob Blackmun lives with his wife Janet in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he is Associate Vice President and Chief Information Officer of the North Carolina Community College System.
. . . and Grandmother
|Florence's grandchildren are Andrew
Blackmun and Joanne Blackmun, son and daughter of Bob
and Janet. Andy and his wife, Kathi Turpin, are graduates of the Candler
School of Theology at Emory University; they live in Denver, where Kathi teaches
at the Iliff School of Theology and Andy works for Habitat for Humanity. Kathi
earned her Ph.D. at Emory University.
Joanne, a graduate of Pfeiffer College, is married to Christopher Anderson, an engineer, and is a graduate student preparing to be a psychological counselor.
Some of Florence's History
Florence was born in Cleveland, Ohio; her parents were Sara Lena Swann Haviland and Holmes B. Haviland, a school teacher turned salesman. Florence was one of six children who survived infancy; she survived all of her siblings (and she was proud of this accomplishment!).
Florence attended Cleveland College and worked for several years for Alcoa, where she met her husband, Edward Vernon "Ted" Blackmun, Jr. He was the son of Edward Sr. and Frances Russell Blackmun of Boston, Mass. Florence and Ted were married for 42 years, until he died in 1978.
Florence lived in Sarasota, Florida, from 1975 until October 1997, when she moved to charming and historic DeLand, Florida. Before retirement, she and her husband lived in Pittsburgh, Pa., Westfield, N.J., and Bay Village, Ohio.