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Florence Stivers

By Ellis Codjoe, May 07, 2018

Florence Joan Stivers, 78, of Ottumwa, died at 8:45 a.m. May 7, 2018 at the Bloomfield Care Center in Bloomfield.

She was born March 6, 1940 in Ottumwa to Charles and Nellie Yates Rupe.  She married Ben Stivers of West Grove on September 27, 1962 in Sigourney and he preceded her in death on May 21, 1998.

Florence waitressed for a while in Sheridan, IA before becoming a stay at home parent.  She loved watching westerns, reading books and taking trips to the casino.

Surviving are 4 children, Kevin Coy Sr., Jackie (Jerry) Cox, Ben (Susan) Stivers and Karma (Larry) Stivers all of Ottumwa; 10 grandchildren, Ashleigh (Jacob) Cockerham, Kevin Coy Jr., Alaundra Coy, Chris Baskett, Amber and Amy Davis, Joy (Justin) Grouette, Christopher Stivers, Ashley (Aundrea) McMullen, Brittany (Mathew) Facemyer; 8 great-grandchildren, Christina Norton, Savannah Cockerham,  Zachary and Thomas Grouette, Kayden and Ryan Coy, Jase Buchanan and Eady Barker; 2 sisters, Mary Parker and Karen (Steve) Smith of Ottumwa.

She was preceded in death by her parents;  2 children, Scott Stivers and Melody Long; a great-grandchild, Jesse Grouette;  7 brothers and sisters, Betty McNabb, Marie Ogden, Kay Shepherd, Roy, Frank, Raymond and Joe Rupe.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Friday at Reece Funeral Home with Pastor Jesse Elkins officiating. Burial will be in McIntire Cemetery.

Visitation begins at 11 a.m. Thursday with the family present from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday.

Memorials may be made to Hospice Serving Davis & Wapello Counties.

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