In memory of Florence EgbireMolen

Up, up ever... down, down never

Ms. Florence was the beloved wife of Godfrey O. EgbireMolen Sr, a devoted mother of nine children, and cherished grandmother of twenty-one grandchildren. 

She is also survived by one brother, one sister, and several nieces and nephews.

She was born on May 5, 1943 in Oyo State, Nigeria. Ms. Florence studied as a nurse but due to early motherhood, she decided to forgo her aspirations to become a nurse to be a stay-at-home mother to her young children at that time.

Ms. Florence was a selfless, devoted christian, with a heart of gold. She enjoyed praying, cooking, dancing, traveling, and most of all being around her family. She stressed the joys of giving to her children. She often would volunteer to clean the church she attended, as well as contribute enormously to her church and other churches throughout the country. Ms. Florence was so devoted to philanthropic work that she would frequently gather volunteers to help clean the surrounding communities. She cooked warm meals and distributed them to the poor and less fortunate. She used her platform to instill hope to others around her.

Ms. Florence became the leader of an international organization called the Lions Club, which was geared toward empowering volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace, and promote international understanding throughout the group. She worked tirelessly to promote equality for women and unifying communities. She was the source of answers as many community members used to gather around her to attain feedback to their questions.

 “Area Mommy,” as she was fondly called by so many in the community, moved to the United States in the early 90s and later naturalized to become an American citizen. She continued her passion for her work overseas by inspiring and encouraging others.

A popular phrase she often said, “Up, up ever… down, down never” means staying positive and leaving your faith in God. No matter what struggles we endure in life, things will turn around for the better.

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