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Florence 'Flo' Huffman

Florence "Flo" Huffman, a native of Healdsburg who loved to cook and entertain her large family and circle of friends, died June 18 of complications from dementia. She was 87.

Born in Healdsburg on Sept. 26, 1925, Florence Eleanor Meyer was the youngest of Florence and Alonzo Meyer's three children.

Educated at Sotoyome School and later Healdsburg Elementary School, Huffman graduated from Healdsburg High School in 1943 and shortly thereafter married Dennis Sousa.

The couple traveled through Dennis Sousa's stint in the Marine Corps during World War II. When the war ended, the young family returned to California and made their home in Santa Rosa and later in Healdsburg.

They operated Sousa Concrete Products, and Flo did the books while raising the couple's five children.

The pair divorced in the early 1970s.

A regular at Camp Rose, a Healdsburg restaurant and bar where live music and theater performances were held, Flo met Michael Huffman, who played guitar in various performances.

The pair married in 1972. They were together until his death in 1983.

She did accounting work for Foppiano Wine Co., the Robert Brent Co.and later for the city of Healdsburg, before retiring in 1997.

Huffman loved travel, and her Victorian home was adorned with souvenirs from her favorite spots in Mexico, as well as Alaska and elsewhere in the United States.

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