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Florissa Marie Bell Weidner Burnett
© Cheyenne Star
08 Oct 2009
Submitted by: Wanda Purcell

Florissa Marie Bell was born to Albert and Leona Bell on April 23, 1936.

She grew to womanhood in Durham, Oklahoma, graduating from high school in 1954. She attended Central Christian College and later Panhandle A&M where she studied Home Economics and Journalism.

In 1959 she met Reuben Weidner while working as a typist at the Amarillo Police Department. They were married on January 9, 1959 and made their home in Shattuck, Oklahoma. They had two daughters, Diana Carol and Kris Ann.

After Reuben's untimely death in 1968, Flo assumed responsibility for the insurance agency and over the next forty years built it into one of the most successful Farmers Union agencies in Oklahoma.

In the early 1970's, a friend introduced Flo to Dale Bennett. A friendship developed that led to marriage on February 27, 1972. The couple began their 37 year marriage of respect and commitment at the little rural airport just outside of Gage, Oklahoma.

In the coming years they reared their two teenage daughters.

Flo was never idle. She even approached her hobbies with a driving force.

She combined her love of writing and cooking by creating and publishing over 18 cookbooks and writing numerous cooking columns.

She was devoted to her six grandchildren and every one of them baked cookies with Grandma Flo.

She was deeply committed to her church and spearheaded numerous Ladies' Day events. She taught Sunday school almost all of her adult life and for over a decade was invaluable at keeping the little Gage Church of Christ going.

Flo died on October 7, 2009. Memorial services were held at the Shattuck Church of Christ on October 10, 2009.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Reuben Weidner; her parents, Albert and Leona Bell; and a nephew, Randy Haven.

She is survived by her husband, Dale Burnett of Gage; a daughter and son-in-law, Diana and Terry Chapman of Cherokee; a daughter and son-in-law, Kris Ann and Kenneth Moyer of Fargo; six grandchildren; a brother and sister-in-law, Darol and Peggy Bell of Abilene, Texas; and a sister and brother-in-law, Carolee and Robert Paolino of Southington, Connecticut; and many friends.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Westside Boys Home or the Zambia Mission Fund c/o Mason Funeral Home.

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