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GIBSON CITY - Florence M. Stoker, 96, formerly of Merritt Island, Fla. and Gibson City, died in Denver, Colo. on Aug. 30, 2015.

Florence was born in Gibson City, the daughter of Frederick A. and Anna B. Miller. She grew up in Gibson City with her sister, Eleanor.

A gifted seamstress, she earned a degree in home economics from Indiana University in 1940. She was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority.

Following her marriage to David S. Stoker, an Indiana native, in 1941, she lived in Columbus, Ohio and worked in retail during World War II.

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The couple moved back to Gibson City to run Stoker Lumber Company after the war, eventually retiring to Merritt Island, Fla. in 1975.

She was a member of the Presbyterian Church in both Gibson City and Florida.

She is survived by three children, Sylvia Hoffert, Chapel Hill, N.C.; Doug Stoker, Moline; and Barbara Stoker, Centennial, Colo.; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

A private internment is planned. She will be buried next to her husband at Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield.

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