Florence Owens Muller, 83, of Sioux City, passed away Friday, March, 25, 2011, at Touchstone Living Center in Sioux City. The memorial service will be at 11 am, Saturday, April 16, 2011, at Cornerstone World Outreach in Sioux City. Per Florence's wishes, she was cremated. There will be no graveside services. In lieu of flowers, please direct any memorials to Janet Rosener, 1915 Rebecca St., Sioux City, IA 51103.
Florence was born March 10, 1928, in Traer, the middle daughter of Omer and Celia (Kutin) Owens.
She attended Traer schools. Active in band and drama, Flo was valedictorian of the class of 1946. She lived and worked in Chicago in the summer of '46, then attended Iowa State Teacher's College (now UNI) and graduated in 1949 with a degree in Music Education. Florence was an accomplished saxophone and oboe player. She played in the Tri-City Symphony in Davenport.
Her first teaching job was in Bellevue, where she met Robert (Bob) Muller. They married on June 4, 1950.
In 1951 they moved to Churdan. Florence taught music and Bob taught history and coached. Their daughter, Elizabeth, was born in November 1955. After a move to Sulpher Springs, the couple returned to Churdan. Flo taught music at Paton and Churdan schools, and Bob was the Superintendent of Schools. Their second daughter, Janet, was born in November 1965.
The couple moved to Audubon, in 1966. Flo directed the children's choir at Our Saviour's Lutheran church, was active in Circle, several bridge groups and TTT. Flo sang and played autoharp at area nursing homes and church events. In 1968, Florence and Bob (along with Phil and Esther Magnussen) started M & M Copy Quick in Sioux City.
In 1974 they moved to Sergeant Bluff. She was a member of TTT, Welcome Wagon, Quota Club, Siouxland Singers, Sioux City Chamber of Commerce, and Morningside Lutheran Circle and Choir. Flo operated Flo's Vending as well as M & M Copy Quick, and still found time to be active in theater in Sgt. Bluff both as an actress and directing the pit band. Bob was Superintendent of Sgt. Bluff-Luton Schools.
After Bob's retirement they moved to Sioux City. Flo continued to be involved in service and business organizations. Bob died in 1988.
Flo moved to Richland Hills, Texas, in 1999 where she lived with Alma Jean Dwight Willis, her close high school friend. She moved back to Sioux City in 2009.
Survivors include two daughters, Elizabeth Stansbury of Cedar Rapids, and Janet (Chris) Rosener of Sioux City; ten grandchildren, Chad, Chelsea, Cristin and Craig (Angie) Stansbury, Alan, Megan, Kayla, Nicole, Brooke and Ava Rosener; sister and brother-in-law Patricia and Robert Ilten; brother-in-law Walt Rogers; several aunts, nieces and nephews; close friend and care-giver Willie (Alma Jean) Willis and many, many friends.
Florence was preceded in death by her husband, parents, grandparents, cousins, in-laws, younger sister, Jean (Owens) Glenn Rogers, and several nieces and nephews.