Edna Loretta Florence, age 82, of Bridgeport, died Wednesday, September 27, 2023, at the United Hospital Center in Bridgeport.
She was born on April 25, 1941, in Reedy, WV, a daughter of the late Thomas Edgar and Edna West McCutcheon.
On June 22, 1963, she was united in marriage to Charles Clarence Florence, Jr., who survives. Also surviving are three daughters: Renee and husband Russ Warner of Buckhannon, Denene and wife Cindy Quinton of Morgantown, and Charlea and husband Rev. Dr. Ken Ramsey of Bridgeport; five grandchildren: Brittany and husband Ryan Conover, Caitlin Warner and fiancé Frederik Brondsted, Courtney and husband Justin Walton, Jared Ramsey and wife Andrea, and Kristen and husband Todd Gutta; three great grandchildren: Kiralym Conover, and Leo and Elly Ramsey; one sister Phyllis Metzger of Orange, VA; one brother Rev. Calvin McCutcheon and wife Sandra of Buckhannon; several nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews; and special fur-grandbabies: Maddie and Louie Quinton.
In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by two brothers: Durward and James Randall McCutcheon.
Mrs. Florence was a long-time educator and principal, dearly loved and respected as a mother-figure by faculty, staff, and students alike. She instilled confidence in those with whom she worked through mentoring and always reminding them of their importance. Numerous students fondly remember her telling them, “You are important.” She also helped to brighten the days of others as she gifted them with her favorite flower—roses.
Her professional memberships included the Alpha Delta Kappa sorority and the WV Elementary Principals’ Association. A United Methodist by faith, Mrs. Florence was a member of the Wesley UMC in Morgantown, where she enjoyed participating in Bible studies. Her spirit of service and dedication will continue to shine in the lives of countless fellow educators, students, friends, and her family.
The family will receive friends on Saturday, September 30, 2023, from 5-7:00 PM, at the Heavner & Cutright Funeral Chapel. A funeral will be held on Sunday, October 1, 2023, at 2:00 PM, at the funeral chapel with the Rev. Dr. Ken Ramsey officiating. Private interment will be made in the McCutcheon Cemetery near Reedy, WV.
Online condolences may be extended to the Florence family at www.heavnerandcutright.com. The Florence family entrusted the Heavner & Cutright Funeral Chapel with the arrangements.