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Florence Lafollette Putney ’30

Florence Lafollette Putney ’30, April 7, 1995, in Seaside, Oregon, where she had lived for the past several years. She worked as a receptionist for a financial institution in Portland until 1935, when she took a vacation to Asia, where she met her future husband. The couple spent several years traveling in Asia on business, choosing the Philippines as their headquarters. They then returned to the U.S., where they built a home at Agate Pass, Washington. There they acquired and operated Agate Pass Nursery, specializing in rhododendrons, azaleas, and unusual broadleaf evergreens. After her husband's death in 1945, Florence continued to run the nursery for over 20 years. She spent much of her later years traveling throughout the world. During her travels she especially enjoyed attending the opera in many different countries and visiting gardens. She lived in Seattle for many years and was a supporter of the Seattle Opera. She also lived in Honolulu before taking up residence in Seaside. Survivors include a sister, a brother, and seven nieces and nephews.

Appeared in Reed magazine: November 1995

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