Sawyer—Florence Scott Stickney Sawyer, 97, on February 24, 2018, peacefully, in her sleep, in Medford, N.J. Florence was born on July 23, 1920, in Philadelphia, Pa. She lived in Philadelphia; Northfield, Minn.; Moorestown, N.J.; and Medford, N.J. For many years she was the church secretary at the United Methodist Church in Northfield, Minn. She grew up as a Methodist, later joining Moorestown Meeting. In addition to opening their home to exchange students, she and her first husband, Robert Scott (called Bob), hosted inner city youth needing an educational boost through a program called a Better Chance.
Over the years she volunteered in the Girl Scouts, the Cub Scouts, the American Red Cross, Moorestown Meeting, and the Medford Leas Retirement Community. Never seeking attention, she was loved by everyone and was known for her beautiful smile. She was quiet and cheerful and devoted to her family, who enjoyed making her laugh. She liked sewing, quilting, reading, doing crossword puzzles, playing Scrabble, watching Jeopardy!, and socializing with family and friends.
Florence was preceded in death by her parents, Paul and Bessie Stickney; her first husband, Robert Scott; and her grandson, Noah Thomas. She is survived by her husband, Warren Sawyer; her children, David Scott (Dennie), Betsy Scott, Lynn Sahin (Hayati), and Carol North (Christopher); her stepchildren, Martha DeLuca (Peter), Janet Thomas (John), and Steven Sawyer (Monica); and eight grandchildren. Her family is grateful for the care Medford Leas gave her and welcomes memorial contributions to the Medford Leas Employee Scholarship Fund.
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