Tarr, Florence Hubbard

July 15, 2005

FLORENCEHUBBARD TARR died July 12, 2005 in Clearwater, Flori da. She was born in Preston, Maryland to Mary Edwie Reynolds Hubbard and Thomas Lawrence Hubbard, and was eldest sister to Henrietta Katherine Hubbard Latimer, Lucille Mary Hubbard, and Andasia Ellen Hubbard Haglund. She loved her girlhood homes on the Eastern Shore of Maryland's Dorchester County, and considered the Eastern Shore her true home. After graduation from Hurlock High School in 1937, Florence attended nurses training at University of Maryland School of Nursing in Baltimore. In 1942 she joined the Army Nurse Corps and was sent to Australia to work on the surgical ward and then in the neuro-psychiatric ward at the 42nd General Hospital. Florence returned to Fort Meade Station Hospital in 1944 to supervise two neuro-psychiatric wards and was promoted to First Lieutenant. She met Norman Tarr at Fort Meade. They married in 1945 in Baltimore and celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on June 30th, 2005. Florence and Norman lived in Baltimore and Oxford, Maryland, and on Staten Island, NY, while he served as surgeon at the U.S. Public Health Service Hospital. Their sons, James Ronald and Brian, were both born in Baltimore. In 1978 Norman took a job as Director of Medical Affairs at Morton Plant Hospital, so he and Florence moved to Belleair, Florida. Florence's love of history drew her to explore old Florida; she volunteered as docent at Heritage Village, and joined the Ponce de Leon Chapter of the Questers to study with others committed to the preservation of antiques and existing historical landmarks. She served as President from 1987-89. Florence's family includes Jim's wife, Susan, grandson David Tarr; granddaughter Rebecca Sappington; Brian's wife, Kathleen, and grandsons Jeremy Tarr and Nathan Tarr. Family and friends of Florence remember her love of family history through her many stories, which retained the flavor of daily life on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and provided understanding of a way of life now lost. She was a serious historian and a wonderful teacher, a kind and dedicated friend, and a loving and generous wife and mother. A memorial service celebrating Florence's life will be on Friday, July 15, 2005 at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Largo, Florida. In lieu of flowers, gifts to the Memorial Endowment Fund of Prince of Peace Church are suggested. A graveside service will be held at Springhill Cemetery in Easton, Maryland.

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