OBITUARY

Florence Marie Paradise

September 16, 1934October 27, 2020

Florence Marie Paradise (Wallace)

September 16, 1934 To October 27, 2020

Florence was born September 16, 1934 at Saint Francis Hospital , Colorado Springs, Colorado to Fred Robert Wallace and Margaret Quinn Wallace both natives of Colorado.

Fountain, Colorado was her home for 86 years. Florence graduated from Fountain High School in 1952 and attended college in Pueblo, Colorado . She married Duane Francis Paradise in 1954 and together they had three girls: Peggy Johnson, Sheri Paradise, and Jean Paradise-Slade.

Florence was committed to enriching the City of Fountain, she served as the President of the Economic Development Committee of Fountain, was an active member of the Fountain Valley Chamber of Commerce, and most recently, was a founding member of the Fountain Valley Historical Society. In addition to serving her community she also volunteered at St Joseph's Catholic Church for 14 years. Florence was a vibrant, intelligent woman and mother. In her early years she was part of a dance group called the Raidettes. She was dedicated to attending and supporting the Performing Arts. Family members aspire to live and model their own lives as she did with passion for living life to the fullest and deep love of her family.

As a natural entrepreneur, work was a source of dignity and pride for Florence. She had many jobs starting at age 14, served as a United States Postal Service clerk for over 30 years and even began her own business, Paradise Liquor Store, in 1974. In 1983, Florence was awarded the Colorado Retailer of the Year from the National Association of Beverage Retailers.

Her sister Peggy King was her best friend and companion during her life. They traveled the world together, volksmarching in every state and backpacking several foreign countries. They skied at every resort in Colorado and Utah. They traveled to Ireland where they met many relatives at a Quinn reunion in County Galway, Ireland. There were over 150 Quinns present.

A Celebration of Life will be held when friends and family can be together safely. A Mass of Intentions and Repose of her Soul will be offered by her family on November 8@ 11:30 by Father Ron Raab at Sacred Heart Church in Colorado, Springs, Colorado.

Donations can be sent to Saint Judes Children’s Research Hospital in memory of Florence Paradise: P.O Box 474 Memphis TN 38101 Or Sacred Heart Church

She is survived by her three children, Peggy Johnson (Paradise) Sheri Paradise and Jean Paradise-Slade, her son-in-laws: Mitch Johnson and Dale Slade, as well as her six grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren and her sister, Peggy King and Quinnie; her beloved pet dog.

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Mark Stahler

November 12, 2020

Florence was bright light to all that knew her. She was intelligent, articulate and involved. She spent countless hours involved with her family, her work, community and church. She was a pioneer businesswoman and a amazing asset to the Fountain community. I am honored to consider her one of my best friends.

It is hard to speak of Florence without including her sister Peggy. They have been nearly inseparable from birth and were the perfect partners in crime. Luckily Florence was always the more practical and sensible of the two, and managed to keep their more reckless escapades in check. They were the perfectly balanced “couple.” They shared their school years together, the birth and raising of families, loss of husbands, and retirement.

I shared some of my greatest adventures with the two sisters. Throughout many ski seasons, we all played hooky from work to drive to whatever resort that had the best coupons! One such time, when Florence turned 75, she finally qualified for free skiing at Monarch. As she was producing proof of her age at the ticket booth, Peggy chimed in saying she was Florence’s twin and would therefor qualify for the same offer. I could see Florence’s eyes rolling back as she turned to give her sister the “look.” The scheme worked, and from that day on they both enjoyed free skiing. Needless to say Monarch became our preferred skiing spot.

Florence and Peggy almost never missed the St. Patrick’s Day in Colorado Springs. They always had enough green articles of clothing to make us all look fun and ridiculous. We spent time walking, biking, drinking, and going to local summer concerts together. They have added so much richness, happiness and laughter to my life. Peggy and her family will miss Florence terribly, but she will always be in many wonderful memories.

Vicki Ross

November 8, 2020

My deepest sympathy to Florence's family. I knew her from going to the Widefield pool. She was a wonderful lady and I will miss seeing her smiling face. Rest in Peace dear Florence.
Vicki

Laura Rogge

November 2, 2020

Florence is one of my favorite people in Colorado. I can't imagine visiting Fountain, CO without seeing her. In 2019, I returned to CSCO around Memorial Day and was blessed to spend time with her again. We enjoyed coffee almost daily and talked about all the crazy times we shared from 1993 to 2008...always an adventure with Florence, Peggy, and Brian. We laughed about decorating graves, planting flowers, and how Brian reacted when he was little...didn't think she should be digging in the cemetery... but how every year he loved to see all the flags. She half decided she wasn't going to do it again . As I drove past the decorated cemeteries here in Arkansas this year, I wondered if she really did stop, even though she rationalized it wasn't necessary since Dwayne was still in the bedroom. I guess next time I'm in Colorado, I will be the one digging in the cemetery, planting flowers and flags for Florence and Dwayne. I love them both and am so grateful to have shared the holidays and just everyday life with them all that time. I am so sorry for your loss and wish you all peace, love, and even joy of wonderful memories.

MaryLynne Ketcham

November 2, 2020

I had the privilege of getting to know Florence and Peggy just a little bit at the Widefield Community Center in the last few years.
I was always astounded at how active they were together. They traveled often and were always talking about events they were going to at the Senior Center.
We went out to lunch together and this picture was taken.
Another friend and I got to go to the movie Harriet Tubman with "The Sisters" as we affectionately called them. They generously insisted on paying my way.
It was a privilege to know Florence. I will miss seeing her at the pool. We are anxiously awaiting Peggy's return when she is ready.

Sheryl Pyle

November 2, 2020

Although I didn't personally know Mrs. Paradise, I want to express
my condolences to the entire family. I know she was loved by so
many and will be missed so much by her precious family and so many friends.

Deirdre Goggin

November 1, 2020

It was so lovely to meet with Florence at the Quinn gathering in 2013, and my mum Ruby Quinn had lovely chats particularly with her ( my mum died 2016). Lovely that those ancestral memories happened. Thoughts and prayers with you all.

With love from Galway.

James Wallace

November 1, 2020

While I live in Florida, I was able to visit my cousin Florence several times. Florence's father Fred and my dad George were brothers. Florence, Peggy King and I visited several hot springs together and shared many family memories together. I even brought my late aunt Dee Wallace to Colorado for a visit when she was in her mid 90's. Florence, you will be missed, but your memories will last a lifetime.

Linda Dizmang

October 31, 2020

I’m so sorry to hear of Florence passing. My thoughts and prayers to the family as you grieve such a loss. Let her strength and fun loving attitude guide you through.

Janele Johnson

October 30, 2020

Florence, you are the kind of person who simply can't be forgotten as anyone who knew you for more than a few minutes, I know, would agree. I feel so lucky to have met you several years ago at the Widefield Parks and Rec pool and to have had the delight to accompany you and your fabulous sister, Peggy, here and there-- to listen to music down at Bear Creek Park or the City Auditorium; to soak in the hot springs and drink Irish coffee at Mt. Princeton Hot Springs; to take a cross-country couple of train rides across Canada; and to tour eastern Colorado and western Nebraska with you and others on a bus tour featuring the magnificent sand crane migration (this time, without Peggy, because for heaven's sake, it happened over St. Patrick's Day, and she wasn't about to miss the parade! :)).

Just about every time I got to sit down and chat with you, Florence, you always had a new anecdote to pull out and bring to vivid life through your soft, contemplative story-telling. I learned about your dad's work on the railroads back in the 20s and 30s; the time you and Peggy bicycled all the way into Colorado Springs to take a peek into the city's first-ever un-segregated night club of Fannie Mae Duncan fame, only to meet the gracious and friendly maven herself; your many years at the post office where being a full-time woman employee in post-WWII was often not a pleasant experience among some not-particularly-evolved male coworkers; your and Peggy's unflagging and years-long Volksmarching; and those ski bus rides home from the mountains when you'd have to be sure your sister didn't get left behind at this watering hole or another where she would never say no to (and always won) a drinking game!

You have been the epitome of aging gracefully and with your sense of humor and kind spirit entirely intact, and you have provided me and countless others the model of a life joyfully and thoroughly lived. So much love to your family....

Kathy Pullara

October 30, 2020

My sincere condolences to Florence’s family and friends. May her beautiful soul Rest In Peace. She will be greatly missed in the community.

FROM THE FAMILY