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Florence (Patsy) Buffington

February 3, 1950January 4, 2021

Florence (Patsy) grew up in International Falls and was known for her warm, outgoing and independent personality. One time as a kid she went downtown in her pajamas. Of course now people go to Walmart in their pajamas all the time. She was always very thoughtful, doing things for someone that no one else would even think of. In one instance, she heard someone had never had a birthday cake, so she baked them one. Florence also enjoyed the social scene. She could easily walk into a room full of strangers and be friends with at least half of them before she left. She was always willing to share her thoughts with others and supported her many friends. In the early 1980’s as a young single mother of three, Florence made ends meet by driving cab to support her family and to fund a Social Worker degree from Confederation College. Florence was a long-time advocate for the rights of others and strongly believed in the importance of community, caring, roots, workers and human rights, justice, friends, family and tradition. Many years of active CUPE, Labour Council, and NDP involvement were important to Florence. She spoke up for many who didn't have basic rights or workplace standards met - inspired in part by helping her under-paid co-workers receive vacation-pay benefits from an employer who told her they couldn't afford it. Florence served in many CUPE roles from Shop Steward to District President, giving many evenings and days to help ensure fellow workers needs were met. In her work with the Fort Frances and District Association for Community Living she helped generate opportunities for many who were marginalized. Florence enjoyed bringing her children to work and to volunteer with her and taught them to treat others with respect and shared the importance of giving back to the community. She also encouraged those around her to give of their time and care for others. Health challenges over the past 25 years slowed Florence down but she continued to help others by phone or visit. She took great delight in her three grandchildren Alana, Jack and Clark. Her last 4 years were spent in hospital after suffering from a stroke. She was not one to dwell on her ailments-now her pain is gone. She was preceded in death by her parents William and Margaret Evangeline (Kennedy) Cole; and brother William Jr. in 1975. Survivors include brother Rex Cole; six sisters Linda (Ken) Witt, Cheryl (Steve) Larson, Nina (Fred) Cole Smith, Coleen and Carmela (John) Cole Procarione. Children Patrick (Sara) Hunter-Buffington, Tiffany (Lyle) Buffington and Joy (Alan) Buffington Storey. According to her wishes there will be no services. The family would prefer memorials to the Rainy River District Women’s Shelter of Hope, P.O. Box 818, Atikokan, ON, P0T 1C0.

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Michelle Metzner (Falk)

January 18, 2021

I was so sorry to hear about your mom's passing. IT reminded me about all the times Tiffany and I spent together at her house, riding bikes, going to the beach etc. Your mom was such a nice lady who was always busy with the NDP.

We spent a lot of time together as kids, I feel like we grew up together in each other's houses. My sincerest condolences to you , Patrick and Joy. All the best from an old blast from the past.



Linda Hyatt

January 12, 2021

I’m sorry to hear of your moms passing.
She was a great person with a wonderful sense of humour.

Joy Storey

January 8, 2021

First of all, I would like to thank everyone who shared memories on my mother's site. Having my mom pass during this unprecedented time continues to be challenging.

My mother never claimed to be a saint, but her compassion for others was constantly seen by me and everyone around her! She loved to spend time in her kitchen cooking and baking (but not doing the dishes!), volunteering (NDP and the hospital auxiliary), and gambling! In fact, she loved to gamble so much that we even stopped at the casino on our way home after she picked me up from the airport on my return home from Iceland!!!

My mother's presence in our lives will be sorely missed. I had just talked to her on the phone before Alana's birthday in December about how to make the jelly roll for Alana's baked Alaska. Knowing I won't be able to do that anymore is heartbreaking!

I am so glad that I took some of the money she gave me when her house sold to take Alana to see the ocean for the first time. We flew two airplanes and rented a car to get to Myrtle Beach, and before she touched the water I contacted my mom on Facebook Messenger to share the experience with her!

Although her time in the hospital was not ideal, she never once complained about it in over four years. She was grateful for every visit and phone call she received, and always thanked me.

I love you Mom, and I look forward to seeing the ocean with you someday!

The picture following this is from when my mom drove three hours each way in the winter to meet her granddaughter for the first time. My mom saved up money to help me take maternity leave (unpaid in the States) so I could stay home for three months.

Barbara Springsteel

January 8, 2021

Patsy was a classmate of mine graduating in 1968 from Falls High School. No more pain.
Fly high my ole friend

Cari Olshevski (Brow)

January 8, 2021

My deepest condolences to you on the loss of your mom and grandmother. Your mom was a wonderful lady who was very kind and giving. I spent many a day at your house while growing up: your mom always was quick with a laugh and had a great sense of humour . It was at your house I first tasted sweet potato casserole, that had marshmallows on top, and baked Alaska. Such good memories. It was always a safe place. I will forever remember your mom’s kindness. I’m so sorry for your loss.❤️❤️❤️

Teresa and Elliot Larson

January 7, 2021

Joy, Alan, Elana,
So sorry about your Mom and Grandma. She sounded like such a wonderful woman reading everything about her. What an amazing obituary. It's really tough to lose a Mom and Mom's just cannot be replaced. Hugs prayers and love throughout this hard time. 🙏🤗❤️
Teresa and Elliot Larson

Deborah Kotnik

January 7, 2021

Flo was a wonderful woman with a big heart who would do anything for others. Her laugh and sense of humor was infectious to everyone around her. I loved going to her dinner parties for the old gals, we had a blast! We would also take off for a casino jaunt a few times, getting a bunch of girls and co-workers together to try and win a jackpot! It was so much fun! No matter whether we won or lost we had a great time trying. I will never forget you Fluffy, I hope heavens slots are loose and there is no pain now. ♥️

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY