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May 28, 1942 – June 25, 2023

Florence Webster Mines peacefully entered into eternal rest at her home on June 25, 2023. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend. With her wise words, unrelenting strength, and kind spirit, she left a lasting impact. Her eighty-one years of life seem too short to those who knew her and were touched by her. But the quality of her existence extends far beyond the time in which she lived.  

Born on May 28, 1942, in Chester, Virginia to John and Carrie Webster, Florence was one of ten children.

She graduated from Carver High School in 1960 where she was a good student, excelling in short-hand and math. Post-graduation, she worked at Howard Johnson as a housekeeper.

On June 10, 1962, she was joined in holy matrimony to Ulysses Grant Mines, Jr. Together they had one child, Theresa Delores Mines.

In 1964, she began her career with Philip Morris. She worked in the stockroom and eventually became one of the only women operating the forklift. Even today, only about 11% of forklift drivers are women so she was always a leader and a go-getter. After a thirty-year career with the company, she retired with commendations on June 1, 1994.

Florence devoted much of her time and energy to being a caregiver to family members, including, but not limited to, her ailing mother and husband. She took care of her child and grandchildren for as long as she held the role.

Florence enjoyed getting weekly lunches with her classmates, attending church functions, and visiting with friends. Favoring comedies and action movies, she enjoyed watching a variety of films on the big screen. She liked being outside, feeling the sun on her skin, maintaining her yard, and getting fresh air. She loved word puzzles, game shows, gospel music, and spending time with her family. And most importantly, she loved the Lord.

At an early age, she was baptized and raised in Zion Chester AME Zion Church. She continued to be an active member throughout her life, attending Sunday service regularly and participating in Bible study. She became a deaconess in 2016 and was proud to serve.

Florence was many things to many people. But to those who loved her, she was everything.

Florence was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Ulysses G. Mines; her parents, John and Carrie Webster; her siblings, Robert Webster (Hazel), Marguerite Henderson, John Webster, Jr. (Bertha), Joseph Webster (Juanita), Harold Webster, James Webster, and Carroll Webster.

Florence is survived by her daughter, Theresa Mines; grandchildren, Martina Allen, and Andy Mines (Julissa); great granddaughter, Liannah Carey; sister, Mary White (Clarence); brother, Willie Webster (Michele); and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Services will be held 1:00 P.M., Monday, July 3, 2023, at Zion Chester AME Zion Church, 12541 Branders Bridge Road, Chester, VA, the Rev. Dexter Freely, Pastor, eulogist. The interment to follow at Sunset Memorial Park.

J.M. Wilkerson Funeral Establishment, Inc., 102 South Avenue, Petersburg, VA, (804) 732-8911, watch the funeral services live online at www.jmwilkersonsince1874.com.