Florence A. Tefft
December 3, 1920 – August 6, 2019
Florence Andrew Tefft was taken on angel’s wings to Heaven on August 6th. She was the daughter of the late Charlie Barker and Helen Argo Barker of Milton, Delaware. She had one brother, the late Clarence J. Barker, also of Milton Delaware. Days spent on Broadkill Beach, in a bungalow built by her Dad, were some of her favorite days and provided many entertaining stories.
She met and married her late husband, Lt. Colonel Donald R. Tefft at Fort Lewis in Delaware during World War II and they traveled together throughout the world and through life’s ups and downs for 47 years.
She is survived by her children: Robert Tefft of Sutton, MA and wife Diane; Richard Tefft of Brewster, MA and wife Ann; and Edward Tefft of Hamilton, MA and wife Cynthia. Grandchildren include: David and Amanda Tefft of East Brookfield, MA; Rachel Tefft of Seattle Washington; Elizabeth and Scott Weissman of Brewster, MA; John and Ashley Tefft of Berwick, Maine; Matthew and Erin Tefft of Topsfield, MA; Joseph Tefft of Brewster, MA; and Lauren Tefft of Charlestown, MA. She is survived by several great grandchildren: William, Timothy, Leo, Vivian, Grace, and Jackson.
Florence loved life and lived each day to the fullest. She was a homemaker, a devoted wife, and cherished mother. She was an accomplished artist, loved gardening, and spending time on the beaches of Cape Cod and Naples, Florida. She shared her homemade baked cookies with all those she called friend. That was a lot of baking and a ton of cookies. She was admired and loved by many and attributed her long life to peanut butter, graham crackers, and ice cream, as well as a good long walk every day at dawn. She had only one wish as she was growing older and it was; “I only wish I were younger, so I could live longer.” She was stubborn, determined, frugal, and never took anything for granted. She witnessed a lot in almost a century, some good and some not so good, but always chose to concentrate on the positive. She was blessed with good health, a wonderful family, good friends and so many happy years of life and love. May God bless her and keep her until we all meet again.
We have so many people to thank who have helped us through Florence’s last years. We thank the nurses and doctors at the Cape Cod Hospital in the ER and on the floors. We thank the dedicated EMT’s in Brewster and Harwich who transported her all too frequently to the hospital. We thank the wonderful Administrative staff, the nurses, and aides at Maplewood, Wingate, and Hospice for all their constant care and support. We also wish to thank her home health aides. You are like the angels that walk the earth, lovingly caring for others. Thank you wholeheartedly for everything.
Services will be private as the family gathers to celebrate her life. Florence will be buried at the National Cemetery in Bourne beside her late husband Don. In lieu of flowers, the family asks, if you so choose, to make a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association of Cape Cod.
- Charlie Barker, Father (deceased)
- Helen Argo Barker, Mother (deceased)
- Clarence J. Barker, Brother (deceased)
- Lt. Colonel Donald R. Tefft, Husband (deceased)
- Robert Tefft, Son
- Diane Tefft, Daughter-in-law
- Richard Tefft, Son
- Ann Tefft, Daughter-in-law
- Edward Tefft, Son
- Cynthia Tefft, Daughter-in-law
- David Tefft, Grandchild
- Amanda Tefft, Grandchild
- Rachel Tefft, Grandchild
- Elizabeth Weissman, Grandchild
- Scott Weissman, Grandchild
- John Tefft, Grandchild
- Ashley Tefft, Grandchild
- Matthew Tefft, Grandchild
- Erin Tefft, Grandchild
- Joseph Tefft, Grandchild
- Lauren Tefft, Grandchild
- She is survived also by several great grandchildren: William, Timothy, Leo, Vivian, Grace, and Jackson.
- Services Are Private.
Florence A. Tefft
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August 12, 2019
Please accept my sincere and heart felt condolences. I first met Florence in Naples, Florida in November 2010, the week I retired from 40 years of long distant trucking. She made me the best chocolate chip cookies I ever had! I now see it was one her trademarks. After that visit with my sister Robin and her husband Marty Collins, Florences neighbors by the stairs, I returned each year until 2018 in November and celebrated her birthday and we swapped stories. My Dad was in World War II in Europe. She was a wonderful person. From the first day we met until the last, I felt like I had known her for my entire life. Your family was blessed to have Florence and my family was also blessed, even if it was just a snapshot of time. Rest in Peace Florence, you will be missed, but my memories will last forever. Sincerely, Ged Demarest
August 11, 2019
We at ‘401’ will miss Florence. She was a great upstairs neighbor and it was a blessing to know her.