Florence Irene Scythes

SCYTHES, Florence Irene nee Troughton

April 12, 1913 – January 31, 2010


After a long and good life, our much loved Mum, Nannie and great nannie died peacefully in her 97th year, on Sunday morning at Cummings Home, Courtenay.. Survived by her daughters, Elaine Ney (Hugh), Courtenay and Peggy Mitchell, Cranbrook, six granddaughters and six grandsons of whom she was very proud, and seventeen (another expected) cherished great grandchildren. Also survived by son-in-law Wayne Emde, Vernon, special niece Joyce Khatcherian, Comox, three other nieces, one nephew and cousin Barbara Henderson, Victoria. Predeceased by her dear Bill (1987), middle daughter Joan Emde (2005), three sisters; Anne Salmond, Edna Parks, Dorothy Wilkie and their husbands and niece Joan Irving (2004).


Florence was the second of four daughters born to Edward and Margaret (Wilson) Troughton, Lumsden, Saskatchewan in the lovely Qu’Appelle Valley, which she talked about to the end. She graduated from Regina General Hospital as an RN in 1935, at the top of her class, winning several awards. A scholarship took her to McGill University for Teaching and Administration and then back to RGH as head of the Nursing School until her marriage in 1940. Mum and Dad lived in Regina and Winnipeg before being transferred to Victoria in 1960, a very happy move as it allowed them to retire there. After 47 years in the city she loved, Florence moved to another beautiful valley to be closer to family, leaving behind many dear friends, her Bridge games and the Dutch Bakery! Our mum was a warm, gracious, dignified lady, always impeccably dressed. Her mother gave her the nickname “fussy Florence” because of her attention to all the little details of life. We will miss her dearly and remember her for many things, especially her gentleness, her knitting and her shortbread. None of us can quite duplicate it!


A Service of Remembrance and Celebration of Florence’s life will take place later, in the Spring, in Victoria where she will rest next to her beloved husband. Details to follow, closer to the date. If so desired, donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association, Comox Valley Branch, PO Box 3256, Courtenay, B.C. V9N 5N4 or the Salvation Army Corps, 1580 Fitzgerald Ave., Courtenay, B.C. V9N 2S2 would be appreciated, in lieu of flowers. The family would like to express appreciation and thanks to the owner and staff of Cummings Home for their TLC to Mum for the last three years.