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Florence Estella Hutchinson

April 15, 1934October 19, 2020
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Florence Estella Hutchinson, age 86, of West Palm Beach, Florida passed away suddenly and peacefully in the presence of the Lord on Monday, October 19, 2020. Florence was born on April 15, 1934 in Lampson, Clarendon, Jamaica to David and Alice (McKenzie) West. The second of eleven children, she was affectionally known as “Stella” in her close-knit family and rural community.

Florence attended her community schools and excelled academically. She passed the Third Jamaica Local Examination held in July 1954. After she graduated from a teacher’s college, she started her professional career as a teacher.

At a young age of 23, she became the first member of the West family to migrate to England in July 1957. For three weeks, she sailed to England with 4-year old Mauva (Williams) Reid. Upon their arrival, Mauva rejoined her parents and Florence reconnected with the love of her life, Stanley Lopez Hutchinson, who relocated to England in 1956.

On August 2, 1958, they were married at St. Luke’s Church (Anglican) and settled in Balham, South West London. She went on to pursue a nursing career and on March 30, 1961, she earned her certification as a Registered Nurse (RN) from the General Council of England and Wales. In England, she worked in General Nursing, Psychiatry, and Midwifery and was promoted to ward matron.

In 1963, her daughter, Sonia, was born. Dedicated to her families’ well-being and their education, she welcomed her stepson, Clive, and her younger siblings into her home, after her parents passed away.

In March 1970, she become a registered general nurse and in June 1971, she became a certified Mid-Wife. After 16 years in England, Florence returned to her homeland in 1973. She was employed by the Jamaican Health Services and worked at the May Pen Health Center as the Head Nurse.

Always in search for the next opportunity, Florence decided to pursue nursing in the United States. In her new country, she earned her High School Equivalent Diploma on June 8, 1976, gained her registered nurse certification from the State of New Jersey (March 16, 1977), her licensed practical nurse certification (March 21, 1977) and another registered nurse certification (May 30, 1977) from the Florida State Board of Nursing. She was a cardiac RN at the Miami Heart Institute (renamed to Mount Sinai Medical Center) in Miami Beach, FL. A constant learner, she earned her Bachelor of Health Services Administration degree from the School of Public Affairs and Services, Florida International University on August 14, 1987 (at the age of 53).

On May 17, 1987, Florence lost her devoted husband to Leukemia. They were married for 29 years. In 1992, she moved from Miami to West Palm Beach to work at Wellington Regional Medical Center.

She retired as a full-time nurse in 1999. She spent several years travelling to Washington, D.C. to help raise her grandchildren and visiting relatives in England and Jamaica. On January 27, 2004, Florence lost her first grandchild, Anwar. It was a tragic loss to the family; he was only 4 years old. Truly dedicated to her profession and in the loving care of others, she continued to work part-time as a hospice nurse as long as she could.

Florence was a member of Berean Baptist Church (now called Grace Fellowship Church) in West Palm Beach, FL and attended Riverside Baptist Church during her visits to Washington, D.C. She loved listening to gospel music and participating in bible study classes. She loved her God and believed in His power and love.

Florence is survived by her daughter, Sonia Trask-Holmcrans and her husband Robert Holmcrans of Washington, D.C.; daughter-in-law, Nadine Hutchinson of Washington, D.C.; her cherished grandchildren, Sahara and Ezra F. Trask, Chloe Hutchinson, and step grandchildren, Mary Holmcrans, Katherine Holmcrans, and Dylan Holmcrans of Silver Spring, MD; siblings, Herman West, Keith West, Cecil West and his partner, Nurleen Williams (England); Ena West (Jamaica); David West and sister-in-law, Veronica West of Port St. Lucie, FL; and many nieces, nephews, and their spouses from the West, McKenzie, Hutchinson, Grose, and Williams families.

The memorial service is at 12:00 noon on Saturday, November 21 at Joseph Gawler’s Sons Funeral Home in Washington, D.C. Attendance can be in-person or via live stream. Interment will be at the Vista Memorial Gardens, Miami Lakes, FL and Croft’s Hill, Jamaica in the Spring of 2021. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions in Florence Estella Hutchinson’s name be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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Millicent West

November 21, 2020

Good nite flo no more pain its time to rest
I will always remember staying with you around 1994 Christmas keith Nicola
Kurt's he was 5 years old and we sleep in a water bed for the first time that was an experience also you left the heating on overnight and it was so warm l also remember you made coconut Rundown I had a wonder Christmas at your beautiful home in West Palm
It was wonderful knowing you
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Kelly Lynch

November 20, 2020

Sonia, I remember your mom and her love and strength so vividly from the first time we met. She was staying with you after you lost Anwar and the love for your family was palpable. That love carried you to the years you cared for her and it was beautiful to witness. May her memories give you solace. I am holding you all in the light. Much love. ❤️

Janice Pray

November 20, 2020

I remember when I first met Mrs Florence and her husband when they came to visit Sonia in college. I sensed that she didn’t always understand the choices we made in those times, but I observed that she never stopped loving her daughter in every sense of the word LOVE♥️. Mrs Florence has always remained a sweet and kind lady. In the last few years Sonia poured a daughters LOVE back on mom and always made sure she had everything she needed. Please remember to focus on memories of laughter, love and warmth. May GOD strengthen, encourage and bless the family to never forget and continue making memories with those we have.

Shevanne Helmer

November 19, 2020

On behalf of my mother, Isolyn Nicholson, my family, and myself, I would like to wish the Hutchinson family our deepest condolences. “Hutchie” or Flo as my Mom called her was a very good friend of my Mom and of our family. We shared wonderful memories of living in a loving supportive community that was the backbone of our life. On behalf of my mother, thank you Florence for your support and friendship.

Ewan Marva Grose

November 19, 2020

As a teenager growing up, I admire my aunt during her nursing career. She was the most dedicated person I know towards her family and career. Aunt Florence you will be truly missed but there will always be a special place in my ❤️ heart for you.
As for Marva my wife, for the short time she did know you she was very fond of you. As you always have that genuine look and embracement for others even if it is the first time meeting them was very authentic. Even though you no longer here in the flesh, you will always be remembered. God Blessing to the rest of the family.
Ewan and Marva Grose.

Margot Rogers

November 19, 2020

Sonia,

I did not know your mother well — we met just a couple of times over the years. But I feel like I knew her so much better because I know you. I have had the great joy and honor over the past decades of watching you mother your children, support and cherish them, develop their sense of adventure, and nurture their sense of justice. Your mother was so proud of you and of them. And I suspect that in them she saw more than a bit of you and a bit of herself.

The last time I saw your mother was at your wedding. How happy she was to see the joy in your and Bob’s eyes as you declared your love for one another in front of your expanded family and friends.

Losing your mother is one of life’s great sorrows. You were such an amazing daughter to your wonderful mother. She will forever be with you in your heart, in the mirror, in the eyes and laughter and souls of Ezra and Sahara, and in all of the stories and memories you will forever hold dear.

Holding you in my heart and prayers as you celebrate your mother’s life and mourn your profound loss.

Margot

Michelle Campbell

November 18, 2020

My dear aunty Stella, my only regret is that if I had known that the last time I saw you would've been the last time to see you,I would've hugged you a little tighter,told you I loved you a little louder and stayed by your side a little longer. My mind knows you are gone but my heart will never accept it.
I miss you so much aunty Stella,
I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU♥️♥️
Your niece
Tuesday

Juliet Powell, RN

November 18, 2020

I had the pleasure of knowing Mrs. Hutchinson when she came to Potomac Grace approximately a year ago. She was gracious and appreciative. She loved her homeland and her family.
Thank you for sharing her with us.
Juliet Powell RN

Elsie Best

November 16, 2020

Sonia,
All the sympathy in my heart goes out to you for the passing of your mum, Mrs. Florence. From the first time I met her, the presence of her elegant and stateliness demeanor was so astounding. She was so kind to me and her words was so sweet, gentle and comforting. Sonia, please cherish all the wonderful memories of your mum.

Sahara and Ezra, your grandma was a jewel and I know she imparted Godly wisdom to each of you.

All of you will be in my prayers as the days, weeks and years go by, but the celebration of her life will be forever.

Continue to walk and stay close with Jesus.
“I will turn their mourning into joy; I will comfort them, and give them gladness for sorrow.” (Jer. 31:14)

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” (Matt. 5:4)

Love always

Dawn Greene

November 16, 2020

TRIBUTE FROM POTOMAC GRACE ASSISTED LIVING:
The Management and staff at Potomac Grace Assisted Living found it a real joy to take care of Mrs. Florence Hutchinson throughout her stay with us.
She was a gracious and intelligent woman who captivated us with her stories.
She will be missed dearly.

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