Here are some memories provided by Jim Harris and Betty Struckhoff, of Carlyle Lake...
|Photo from the 19921Midwinters,
Front: Ted Glass, Florence Glass (notice the pearls!), Barry Moore, Alison Woodworth
Back: Joe Gerrity, Ron Berkel, John Woodworth, Lynn Cook, E. Paul Moore, Bernie Knight, Marilyn Gerrity, Jim Harris
It was June when Betty and I had our last visit with Florence. She was in a nursing home, bedridden, with a broken leg that she knew would never heal. When we called she suggested we come at happy hour. We offered to bring a bottle of wine. When we arrived, she had arranged for another friend to put out a spread for us – wine, cheese, crackers, ripe fruit, dips. That was Florence! We talked about Ted, sailing, classical music, opera, traveling. She explained how she and Ted were so successful at planing with the Scot on a reach without a spinnaker. She was as sharp as ever. It is a day we will always remember, being with a very classy woman.
Florence had a full, long, remarkable life:
· She was an avid sailor, crewing for Ted on their Scot. We remember her hiked out straight as an arrow, every hair in place. Then there was the time she threw the spinnaker pole overboard in a disagreement – Betty always says sailboat racing is the test of a marriage. It was late in their sailing career that they came back from a regatta in Dallas with their mainsail muddied from capsizing in the shallow lake. Another Fleet 83 member remembers sailing with them on Lake Erie. Long time Carlyle Sailing Association member (and new Flying Scot owner!) Andrea Sepanski shared a memory on Facebook:
What a wonderful, classy inspirational lady!!! I remember one Sunday working RC and pulling her out of the lake after she had fallen off the boat, and she didn't let it her faze her one bit. We took her back over to the boat and she jumped from the whaler back into the boat with Ted. I remember pulling away thinking, I want to grow up and be like her... Heaven gained an awesome lady!
· Florence knew how to party and yet remain a proper southern lady. When the Glow in the Dark regatta at Clinton Lake awarded a party trophy, most winners were camping at the club – because they were in no shape to drive anywhere. Florence won it on her terms – treating everyone to Mint Juleps and leading the campfire songs with a kazoo! Just a few years ago, she was spotted on the back of a flatbed truck in a parade in her hometown of Mt. Vernon, Illinois, supporting a local candidate for sheriff.
· Ted and Florence were big supporters of FSSA. Ted served as President. Together they donated the True Love trophy recognizing the highest placing boat at the NAC's with husband and wife on board.
· Beyond sailing, Florence had deep and abiding interests. She traveled the world to watch birds. An opera lover, she traveled to Europe for opera. She was a supporter of St. Louis' Opera Theater and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. Perhaps her major philanthropic patronage went to the Cedarhurst Center for the Arts in Mt. Vernon (http://www.cedarhurst.org/). If you are in the area, it is well worth a visit.
· Over the past few years, Betty and I loved visiting Florence in Mt. Vernon. When she still lived in her home we would pick her up and she would insist on treating us to lunch at the best restaurant in town. After that we'd stop by Cedarhurst to see what was on display. Usually the director gave us a private tour. Everyone knew and loved Florence. We felt like we were escorting the Queen of England!
Now she is gone but her spirit lives on in all of us who knew her. In recent comments about her, two words come up repeatedly: “inspirational” and “lady”. Florence showed us what a good life looks like. We will always miss her. No, not England, Florence was the Queen of Scots!