Florida Virginia Barfield, 91, died Thursday, April 10, 2014 at the Bridges at Bay St. Joe, surrounded by loving family.
She was born in Apalachicola on November 3, 1922. She was preceded in death by her son, Wendell; and her granddaughters, Ellie, Trisha, and Lori.
She leaves a precious legacy of memories to her children, daughter Virginia (Herbert) Duggar of Apalachicola; son Darrel Barfield (Judy) of Lakeland; daughter-in-law Shirley Rosalis Barfield, of Eastpoint; 10 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and many great-great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, and cousins.
A native of Apalachicola, she moved to Lakeland in 1965 and resided there until 2007 when she returned home to Apalachicola. In Lakeland, she was employed with Eckerds as a cosmetologist, then she changed jobs. She decided to work on her own and was an Avon Lady for more than 40 years. This was her career and not just a pastime. During that time she won numerous awards, wonderful trips, and high recognition for her accomplishments. But more that all the awards was the many friends she made over the years, friends that she would help through difficult times and listen to their problems.
Florida was a true family person; to her family was everything. She was so proud of and loved each one. A true people person, she was most happy when she was with family and friends. Prayer was ever present in her life. Often she would speak of concern for someone and follow up with the phrase that “she was going to pray for them.” And she did. She so enjoyed attending church services and when her health declined, she missed this.
The ultimate giver, Florida, truly enjoyed giving to others. Not just on special days, all the time. She remembered birthdays, sent cards, gave gifts, and wrote meaningful messages to her loved ones. She was a devoted mother, daughter, aunt, sister, and a loyal friend and confidante. She cared for others. She was so loved and will be so missed.
The memorial service was on Saturday, April 12 at 3 p.m. at the First Pentecostal Church in Apalachicola.