HOWLAND TOWNSHIP – Florence Marie Tims, 93, passed away at 6:41 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011, at Shepherd of the Valley in Howland.
She was born April 22, 1918, in Warren, Ohio (Trumbull County) the daughter of Clifford and Adeline (Shute) Diefenderfer.
A lifetime area resident, Florence was a 1936 graduate of Howland High School and was a Southpaw basketball player on the last girl’s team to win the TIA Championship in 1936.
She also was a member of the National Honor Society and was a member of the Commercial Team that won the county and Ohio State championships for typing.
She graduated from the Warren Beauty School in 1937 and worked in the Beauty Shop until she was hired at Packard Electric in the personnel department, where she worked until 1951.
Florence played on the basketball team for Packard Electric in the Warren City League and won the championship.
In 1946, she became a member of the Central Christian Church of Warren, where she sang in the choir and taught Sunday school.
She also bowled in the “Hits and Misses” bowling league and was a volunteer at Trumbull Memorial Hospital for 17 years.
She loved music and was an accomplished pianist. In her early years, she played piano in a band known as “The Corny Four.”
On June 16, 1951, she married Eugene Jay Tims and they raised four beautiful children together.
He preceded her in death July 6, 1992.
She also was preceded in death by a brother, Howard Diefenderfer and a sister, Alice Milway.
She will be deeply missed by her children, Mary Jo (John) Cox of Saline, Michigan, Clifford J. Tims of Howland, Ohio, James H. Tims of Howland, Janet M. (Dana) Brown of Ravenna Township; and three grandchildren, Elyssa (Shailesh) Saini, Shaun Cox and Britain Cox.
She also leaves a sister-in-law, Helen Diefenderfer of Austintown, Ohio.
There will be a private graveside service at the North Jackson Cemetery. The Rev. Stephen Brown will officiate.
The Roberts-Clark Chapel was entrusted with the arrangements.
The family suggests that material contributions be made to the Central Christian Church of Warren, Ohio or to Shepherd of the Valley in Howland, Ohio.
Please visit www.robertsclarkchapel.com
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