Florence Kofford, 69, of Apache Junction, Ariz., quietly passed away at home on Dec. 18, 2018. Florence fought a valiant battle with multiple myeloma, resulting from being a Downwinder of the Nevada Test Site as a child.
She was born September 25, 1949 in Kanab, Utah to Glenna Michelson and Neaf Johnson Swapp.
Florence was an avid gardener, tap dancer, mountain biker, quiltmaker, and hiker.
She was a certified Master Gardner with Colorado State University and a founding member of the Western Colorado Botanical Society, serving both on the board of directors and as treasurer for nine years. She tap-danced from when she was six years old until well into her 50s.
Florence graduated from Page High School in 1967 and married in Page.
She continued to ride her mountain bikes aggressively into her mid-60s. Even after two bone marrow transplants she managed to dislocate a shoulder and break each of her arms from spills off her bike.
At other times in her life she also sailed her boat on the Chesapeake, flew hot air balloons, and cross-country skied.
Florence is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints, and served in many callings including Cub Scout Den Leader (her favorite) and Relief Society President. She was sealed to her husband in the Manti, Utah Temple. One of the last things she said was “I love my eternal family.”
Florence is survived by her husband of over 49 years, Kay, their children, Steven Kofford, Shannon Chandler (Dave) and Brian Kofford, her siblings, Eldon Neaf Swapp (Paula), Jay Michelson Swapp (Gina), Deann Decker (Jim) and many nieces and nephews.
A Funeral Service was held Friday, Dec. 21, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 10036 E. Brown Rd in Mesa, Ariz. Interment is at the Kanab City Cemetery in Kanab, Utah.
In lieu of flowers, family requests a donation to the Leukemia & Lymphoma society at www.lls.org , any donations made in December will be matched.