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In Memory of

Florence M. Grubb

January 26, 1924 - May 2, 2017

Obituary


Florence Marie Grubb, also lovingly known as Mamo, passed to her Heavenly Home on May 2, 2017, in her home in Carlsbad, CA. She was born, Florence Marie Perea, January 26, 1924, the 5th of 10 children, in Vaughn, New Mexico to Mary Cleo and Amado Perea. She met the love of her life, William D. Grubb when she was 14 and they were married April 12, 1941 when she was 17 and Bill was 19.

Bill was a decorated Marine who fought and was wounded on Iwo Jima in WWII. During his...

Florence Marie Grubb, also lovingly known as Mamo, passed to her Heavenly Home on May 2, 2017, in her home in Carlsbad, CA. She was born, Florence Marie Perea, January 26, 1924, the 5th of 10 children, in Vaughn, New Mexico to Mary Cleo and Amado Perea. She met the love of her life, William D. Grubb when she was 14 and they were married April 12, 1941 when she was 17 and Bill was 19.

Bill was a decorated Marine who fought and was wounded on Iwo Jima in WWII. During his lengthy recovery Florence took on the responsibility of taking care of their three children as well as Bill's mother and father who lived with them. She did this with loving care without any complaints.

After Bill's recovery they made their home in the Southwestern part of New Mexico where Bill returned to his prewar job on the Southern Pacific Railroad and Florence worked part time in various jobs while they raised their three children, Adeline, Angelina and William, Jr. and supported Bill's mother and father.

Bill's employment for the Southern Pacific Railroad eventually led him to Anaheim, California as a Roadmaster. At that time Florence was running her own Beauty Shop in Cloudcroft, New Mexico but she was happy to give up all work when they moved to California.

Florence enjoyed her motherly role of raising her children and loved all her family. Family and Faith in Jesus were the most important things in her life. After Bill's retirement they moved to Vista, California. In retirement they took joy filled trips in their Motor Home, always wanting to include their grandchildren in their trips.

Florence was a founding member of Women's Christian Fellowship in 1979, a bible study, prayer group for women, and she served in this ministry for 32 years. In this role she became like a mom to the women she served and by bringing women to faith in Jesus, teaching them to live in the power of the Holy Spirit, she was instrumental in transforming the lives of many women and their families.

Florence is survived by one sister, Mary Howard, as well as her three children Addie, Angie and Billy, her 10 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, and 4 great-great grandchildren.

Our mother, Florence, was a joyful woman who embraced life and all it offered. One of her favorite songs was "I am Always Happy all the Time!" This happiness was a reality to everyone who knew her. She loved to cook; she opened her home to those in need; she loved to gamble at the Casinos; she loved a good party and above all she loved her Lord, Jesus!

All who knew Florence loved her; and so she will be missed because she brought truth, faith, laughter and joy into our lives.
Here is what she said about how to get through hard times: "Sometimes, people wonder why there is suffering in the world. I just think, well that's life. That's just life. You take what comes along and you handle it. That's all. I don't think you can blame anybody.

I feel bad about what war does to people and families, but somehow, people always seem to manage. Changes come and I'm sure every generation has worried about how the next one will handle tough times, but they always do.

Whenever something happens that is disappointing or difficult I just try to do something else. Just keep moving! I turn everything over to the Lord and it always works out. If you have a problem you should just go to the Lord.

I love my family, those who came before, and all those who will come after. I pray that we will all be together one day in Heaven. Keep your faith in Jesus and never stop praying."

Florence was a Founding Member of Women's Christian Fellowship in 1979 and was instrumental in transforming the lives of many women and their families by her love and compassion and her faith in Jesus.

Flowers may be sent to St. Elizabeth Seton church at 6628 Santa Isabel, Carlsbad, CA 92011 or if anyone prefers to send a donation instead they may send it to Women's Christian Fellowship c/o Ellie Ruane, 1025 Bewicks Court, Carlsbad, CA 92009 to support the homeless and women in need at Mary's Mercy Center.