Florence W. Seward

Florence W. Seward of Plymouth, 80, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, godmother, and retired nurse died peacefully at home surrounded by family on June 19.

Born on June 26, 1943, in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, to Roderick and Catherine (MacAulay) Gillis, Florence graduated from Cape Cod Community College with a degree in nursing.  She worked in elderly care at Mayflower Nursing Home and later worked with developmentally disabled individuals at New England Village.  Upon retirement, she continued providing loving care for her grandchildren and volunteered with Cranberry Hospice visiting nurses in Massachusetts, Treasure Coast Hospice in Florida, Jordan Hospital (now Beth Israel Deaconess) of Plymouth and the Plymouth Council of Aging.

Known for her proud Christian faith and kindness, she was a Sunday School teacher for more than 25 years at Faunce Church.

She is survived by her loving husband of 53 years, Dennis G. Seward. She was the dear and devoted mother of Melissa Howarth of Plymouth, Peter J. and his wife Susan Seward of Bourne, and Kevin G. and his wife Yassena Seward of Plymouth. She was the loving grandmother of Elizabeth, Margaret, and Ayla Seward.

Florence especially enjoyed traveling with her husband. Some favorite destinations included Italy, Alaska, the Virgin Islands, and home to Canada. She loved the annual family camping trips to Peter’s Pond Park in Sandwich, ice skating, and picnic lunches.

She was the sister of Shirley Lauzon of Ontario, Jeanette Zucco of NY, Carol Reed of Whitman, Sandra MacNeil of Taunton, Margie MacNeil of Abington. She was predeceased by her sisters Joan MacNeil, Annie McKinnon, Alice Campbell, and Lorena “Mary”  Steele; and by brothers Clarence Gillis, Michael “Buddy” Gillis, and Roderick Gillis.

She is survived by many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be scheduled later at Faunce Church, 158 Halfway Pond, Plymouth. Relatives and friends invited. In lieu of flowers donations in her memory may be made to Faunce Church or Beacon Hospice of Plymouth. Arrangements were made by the Cartmell-Davis funeral home, of Plymouth.

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