Florence Mabel Presley lived and worked in the Stillwater area all her life. She went to her heavenly home on January 6, 2021.
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Due to the impact of the pandemic, a memorial service will be at Eagle Heights Baptist Church on Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. for family and close friends. Strode Funeral Home and Cremation is in charge of arrangements.
Florence was born February 12, 1932 in rural Cushing, Oklahoma. She was the last of eight children born to Herbert and Sarah Greenwood. She attended Cushing Public Schools and while working the soda fountain at a local drug store she met and fell in love with a young soldier named Claude Presley who had just returned from World War II. They were married on June 29, 1947 and journeyed through life united in marriage for 52 years until his death in 1999.
There are three things that primarily define her life: 1) her commitment to her faith, 2) her love for her
family, & 3) her dedication to her career.
She was a Charter Member of Southside Baptist Church and was active there for 43 years. She then
transferred to First Baptist Church for 5 years and for the last 23 years was an active member of Eagle
Heights Baptist Church. She loved to sing the old gospel hymns.
Florence was predeceased by her husband, Claude; three sisters, Opal Roe, Ruby Stiles, & Beulah Killough; and two brothers, Harold (Bub) Greenwood & John Greenwood.
She is survived by two siblings; a sister, Ethel Chadwick of Cushing, OK. and a brother, George Greenwood of Moorhead, Minn. Six Children; two daughters, Lois Presley of Oklahoma City, and Janet Hays & her husband Kim of Perry; four sons, Gene Presley & his wife Debby of Sapulpa, Leo Presley & his wife Susie of Stillwater, Randy Presley & his wife Kathy of Blanchard, and Jason Presley of Philadelphia; 21 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. Nothing pleased her more than to have "the whole gang" packed into her house on holidays and special occasions.
She worked for Stillwater Public Schools from 1964 until her retirement in 1994. She began as an
assistant lunchroom cook at Lincoln Elementary, before becoming the head cook. Later she served as the school secretary for Lincoln Elementary, then finished her career as the secretary at Highland Park
Elementary. She appreciated her relationships with the administrators and faculty and cherished her
interactions with the students.
Memorials may be made to Eagle Heights Legacy Fund, Eagle Heights Baptist Church, 2617 N. Jardot
Road, Stillwater, Oklahoma 74075.