Florence Gibbons-Neff, 87, homemaker, volunteer

May 01, 2002

Florence "Flossie" Gibbons-Neff, a homemaker and hospital volunteer, died Sunday of complications from a stroke and pneumonia at her home, Clovelly Farm, in Chestertown. She was 87.

She was a past president of the Kent and Queen Anne's Hospital Auxiliary. She also belonged to the American Red Cross and the Chestertown Garden Club.

Born in Philadelphia, Florence Chance attended Vassar College and moved to the Eastern Shore in 1959.

She sailed with family members on her sloop, Prim, on the Chester River and Chesapeake Bay, along the East Coast and in the Caribbean. In 1935 she won the Class E Sloop Bay Championship on Barnegat Bay, N.J.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. May 15 at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, North Cross Street, Chestertown.

She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Morton Gibbons-Neff Jr.; four sons, Morton Gibbons-Neff III of Chestertown, Mitchell C. Gibbons-Neff of Darien, Conn., Peter Gibbons-Neff of Rosemont, Pa., and Henry Gibbons-Neff of Oxford; 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

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