Florence (Butler) Mayer was born April 14, 1932. She grew up in Yankton, S.D., where she finished her college degree in education.
She became a teacher and moved to Roscoe, S.D., where she met the love of her life, Franklin Mayer. They were married and had four children: Karen, Mike, David and Gary.
They started their life together on a small farm in Roscoe and had many friends. She worked as a teacher for many years and her husband ran the farm and worked part time at a hardware store.
In 1974, they moved to Custer, S.D., and started a plumbing shop. She worked along with her husband and two children (Mike and David) in the front office. David and Mike later took over the business when they retired.
After retiring, Florence and Franklin remained in Custer, were they were close to family and friends.
Florence and Franklin loved to travel. They took their young family camping and on long family vacations in the car. Later on, they purchased a small camper and traveled around the country.
Florence was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother to the large family that was started by her and Franklin. She was the family’s inspiration, guide, counselor and the person they knew they could turn to in times of need.
Franklin died Nov. 9, 2010. Florence started up some new hobbies of painting and loved to put puzzles together while enjoying time with her family.
Florence died quietly in her sleep Dec. 23, 2018. She was 86.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Franklin; parents, Vincent and Josephine; sister, Jean; brother, Duane; and two grandchildren, Dusty and Amanda.
Florence is survived by her daughter, Karen Holloway; sons, Michael (Debra), David (Tori) and Gary (Ilona) Mayer; sister, Geri Trost; five grandchildren, Christopher, Tyrell, Nichole, Travis and Brittany; as well as six great-grandchildren.
A private family memorial service will be held at a later date.