Florence M. Ely, of Scituate, passed away at home in Scituate on July 12 after a long illness. She was 77.
She was the beloved wife of Wallace D. Ely for 56 years; mother of Chrisann Ely, of Scituate, and Beth Schwarz and her husband, Paul Schwarz, also of Scituate; sister of Peter Mehegan (Julianne), of Scituate; Paula Weeks (Chris), of Santa Cruz, Calif.; and David Mehegan) (Julianne), of Hingham; grandmother of Jackson Schwarz, Marley Schwarz, Max Schwarz, and Nicolas Guarnieri, of Scituate.
Born in Boston on Nov. 23, 1943, she moved to Scituate at age 7. She married Wally in 1965, and they raised a beautiful family in what she lovingly called their “starter house” on 4th Avenue.
A graduate of Bridgewater State College, she was a treasured special needs teacher at Cohasset High School for more than three decades, where she helped generations of grateful students overcome individual challenges.
Florence was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, sister, teacher, neighbor, friend, crafter, gardener, and volunteer.
Friends are invited to attend visiting hours on Monday, July 19, at Richardson-Gaffey Funeral Home, 382 First Parish Road, Scituate, from 4-8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Mary of the Nativity, 1 Kent St, Scituate, on Tuesday, July 20, at 10 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, please make gifts in Florence’s memory to Friends of the Paragon Carousel Inc., P.O. Box 100, Hull, MA 02025.