Florence Leona Hollingsworth

Florence Leona Hollingsworth, 94, of Winona, died on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, at Lake Winona Manor. Florence was born on September 23, 1924, in Winona, to William and Anna (Ellers) Schmidt. She took pride in being a registered nurse her entire adult life, having graduated from Kahler Methodist School of Nursing during World War II. Florence then worked for two years at the VA Hospital in Des Moines, caring for wounded soldiers. While there she cared for and fell in love with the love of her life, Martin Hollingsworth. The couple married on December 12, 1947, in Des Moines. After their first child was born, they made their home in Winona area, then in Stockton. She began working for Winona General Hospital, later becoming Community Memorial Hospital, from where she retired on May 1, 1991.

Through hunting and marksmanship, Florence’s father introduced her to a love for the outdoors which she passed down to her children. She became an accomplished junior marksman. She also enjoyed fishing, birdwatching, rock collecting and golf, continuing golfing as long as her health allowed. Florence developed her faith through her love of nature. She was also den mother for the Stockton Cub Scouts.

Florence was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church, the Order of the Easter Star and the Hiawatha Valley Audubon Chapter.

Survivors include her two children, William Hollingsworth of Newport News, Va., and Renanne Baker of Winona; three grandchildren, Jodi Mullet, Ginger Spencer and Courtney Spencer; three great-grandchildren, Jordan, Katara and Sebastian; a sister, Ethel Graf of Oakdale, Minn.; brother-in-law, Elmont Hollingsworth; and sisters-in-law, Pat and LaDonna Hollingsworth. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Martin in 1984; and a brother, Ervin Schmidt. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Services to remember Florence will be at 11 a.m. on Monday at Wesley United Methodist Church with Pastor Linda Miller officiating. Burial will be in Minnesota Veterans Cemetery in Preston at a later date. Friends may call from 10 a.m. until time of services at the church. Please share a memory of Florence at her online guestbook and view her video tribute when it becomes available at http://www.hofffuneral.com.

Memorials are preferred to the Hiawatha Valley Audubon Chapter, Wesley United Methodist Church or the donor’s choice. Hoff Celebration of Life Center in Goodview is assisting the family with arrangements.


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