Florence Elizabeth McIntyre (Polvi) was born on the family farm in New Finland on Nov. 29, 1924. She was the middle child of 11 children born to William and Mary Polvi (nee Knuttila). Florence grew up on the family farm in the New Finland district north of Whitewood. She went to Convent Creek School until Grade 11, then went to work in British Columbia before coming
home to help Grandma with the children.
Florence married Lloyd Robert McIntyre on June 21, 1949. They farmed in the St. Luke district north of Whitewood, where they raised their four children.
Florence was predeceased by her husband, Lloyd, in 2001; her parents, William and Mary Polvi; nine brothers and sisters, Martha, Arne, Fred, Harold, Gilbert, Mervin, Elaine, Howard and Sheila; nieces and nephews, Wayne Wiren, Sheila Meagher, Kenneth Wiren, Susan McLean (Polvi), Rodney Polvi, David Tallentire and Jackie Adams; parents-in-law, James and Aleta McIntyre (Rodgers); and sisters-in-law, Beth (Gordon) Moore and Maxine (George) Hill.
Left to cherish her memory are: Sharon (Doug) Armstrong, Rick (Shannon) McIntyre, Stuart McIntyre and Bob (Brenda) McIntyre; seven grandchildren, Marcy (Don) Helmeczi, Andrea (Ken) Hayhurst, Brendon (Tara) McIntyre, Riley McIntyre, Devynn McIntyre, Carsen McIntyre and Alyssa McIntyre (Josh); great-grandchildren, Brooke (Caleb), Rebecca and Callie Helmeczi, and Cole, Allison and Megan Hayhurst; brother, Don (Helen) Polvi; sisters-in-law, Vera Polvi and Iris (Doug) Hanson; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Florence’s funeral service was held Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at Knox Presbyterian Church, Whitewood, with Heather McEwen officiating. Pianist Linda Houtman led the congregation in the singing of the hymns, “The Lord’s My Shepherd,” “Just As I Am” and “Amazing Grace.” Florence’s granddaughter, Devynn McIntyre, played the song “The Prayer” on the piano to honour her grandma.
Interment took place in Whitewood Cemetery with her grandchildren, Brendon McIntyre, Riley McIntyre, Brooke Helmeczi, Rebecca Helmeczi, Cole Hayhurst and Allison Hayhurst as pallbearers. Arrangements were entrusted to Matthews Funeral Home, Whitewood.