Florence Symonds

Obituaries / Apr. 20, 2017 10:31am EDT

Lebanon, N.H.—Florence Louise (Angell) Symonds, 94, a former longtime resident of South Royalton, died at her home at Harvest Hill in Lebanon on April 14, 2017.

She was born in Marlborough, Mass.; the daughter of the late George and Millie (Sawyer) Angell. Florence graduated from Medford (Mass.) High School. She married the love of her life and husband of 75 years, Carl Joseph Symonds on May 26, 1939. She kept the “home fires burning” with two sons at home, while Carl served in the US Army during World War II. After he returned home, he worked full-time and attended night school for 16 years, while Florence again took care of the home front, for which she was presented with an honorary award from Northeastern University in 1957.

She and her family lived in Arlington, Mass., until 1966, where she was the President of the PTA, a Cub Scout Den Mother, a youth group leader, and a member of the Park Avenue Congregational Church. She and Carl moved to South Royalton in 1966, where they resided until 2013.

She was an active member of the United Church of South Royalton, serving on the nominating and newsletter committees. An avid reader, she served on the Library Board in South Royalton. She was also a member of the South Royalton Women’s Club and the Woodstock Garden Club. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), and the Eastern Star. She enjoyed rug hooking, playing cards, and dancing.

Florence brought joy to everyone in her life and had the unique ability to light up any room she entered. A kind and welcoming person, she made everyone feel like they were her best friend. She was a warm and encouraging mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Florence’s greatest passion was her family and she loved and supported them throughout her life. Whether it was family weekends away at camp, holidays, or one-on-one visits, she provided love and kindness to everyone around her.

She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Carl; and two grandsons, Gary Christopher and Scott Christian Symonds.

She is survived by four sons and their wives: Carl G. Symonds of Somerville, Mass., James and Sandra (MacLeod) Symonds of Lebanon, N.H., Gary and Lois (Koch) Symonds of Templeton, Mass., and Pete and Andrea (Whitcomb) Symonds of Plainfield, N.H.; seven grandchildren and their spouses: Matthew (and Danielle) Symonds, Todd (and Lisa) Symonds, James (and Jeannie) Symonds, Mark (and Holly) Symonds, Stephanie (and Mark) Vilensky, Lynn Symonds (and Nick Foti), and Ann Symonds Lorsch (and Zach); and nine greatgrandchildren: Jack and Emma Symonds, Dylan Elwell, Joscelyn and Jeremy Symonds, Haley and Braden Symonds, and Jessica and Amanda Vilensky.

At Florence’s request, there will be no calling hours. Funeral services will be held at the United Church of South Royalton on Saturday, April 22 at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Thomas Chittenden DAR, 47 Brick House Lane, White River Junction, Vt. 05001.

Arrangements are under the direction of Boardway & Cilley Funeral Home in Chelsea. A private message of sympathy for the family may be shared at www.boardwayandcilley.com.

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