Florence E. Mattingly, 85, of Warrenton, Virginia died peacefully at her home on May 20 ,2019.
Also known as Flo or Flossie, she was born to Daniel McKenzie Clifton and Flora Isabelle Clifton in Trenton, Nova Scotia, Canada on February 24, 1934.
She arrived in the United States via Niagara Falls, on May 5,1950. She resided in Washington, DC where she graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School and went on to work in the Labour Attache's office at the British Embassy for nearly five years. She was an avid bowler and described by her co-workers as "a keen dancer, a rock and roll admirer of Elvis Presley, and a devotee of Caribbean Calypso".
She enjoyed travel and while employed by Hertz Rental Car Agency seized opportunities to drive vehicles to and from Florida, she enjoyed these trips with her sisters and close friends, and fancied herself a party girl.
She relocated to Los Angeles, CA in 1959 where she married and had two daughters. She was a devoted mother and sole provider following her divorce. She relocated to Virginia in 1969, where she lived with her sister Doreen, and family, in Arlington prior to settling in Annandale.
She met the love of her life, William J. "Bill" Mattingly in 1972 at work.
Flo moved to Warrenton in 1975 to create a blended family with Bill Mattingly in a home they purchased in Warrenton Lakes, the couple married in October of 1980. They remained together in the same home, where they raised their blended family and ultimately enjoyed retirement and the company of their grandchildren.
Shortly before her passing, Flo announced that she was still a party girl and intended to stay that way. She is now with her predeceased family and friends where undoubtedly she is at peace.
Flo was preceded in death by her parents and four siblings. She is survived by her husband, William J. Mattingly; daughters, Pamela and Jennifer Pruett; stepchildren, William Mattingly III of Philadelphia, PA, Karen Mesick, Jeffersonton, VA, Kathryn Wehar, Arlington, VA and Robert Mattingly of Rome, Italy; grandchildren, Candace Hershman, Nicholas Gugliemelli, Kristin Mesick, Austin Mesick, Catherine Mattingly, Andrew Mattingly, Elizabeth Mattingly, Lorenzo Mattingly, Luca Mattingly, and Michelle Mattingly.
A memorial service will be held at Moser Funeral Home, 233 Broadview Ave., Warrenton, VA on Saturday, June 1 at 4:00 PM. Reception to follow at the John Barton Payne Building, 2 Courthouse Square, Warrenton, VA.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Hospice Support of Fauquier County, 42 N. Fifth St., Warrenton, VA 20186.