Florence B. Linnenbrink, age 88, was a long-time resident of Independence, Mo., and was currently living in the Phoenix, AZ, area when she passed away on September 30, 2009.

April 17, 1921 – September 30, 2009

Florence B. Linnenbrink, age 88, was a long-time resident of Independence, Mo., and was currently living in the Phoenix, AZ, area when she passed away on September 30, 2009. She was born as Florence Elsie Becker on April 17, 1921, in Bridgeport, CT. After business college, she went to work for Remington Arms in Bridgeport where she met Thomas Albert Linnenbrink. They married there in 1942, had two children, Thomas Edward and Cathy Ann before they were transferred to Independence, Mo., in 1951 to help re-open Lake City Arsenal.

She started volunteering at the Independence Sanitarium and Hospital (the San) in 1951 and joined the Auxiliary. Over the years, she served as Auxiliary president, secretary, treasurer, gift shop chairman, and fundraiser. In 1970, she joined the medical facility as coordinator of Auxiliary and Volunteer Services. In 1979, she was appointed director of community relations.

Florence received the Outstanding Leadership and Service Award from the Greater Kansas City Red Cross; the Matrix Table Award for Women in Communications; Club Woman of the Year from the Independence Examiner, Community Service Award from the Neighborhood Council; and the Best Auxiliary Newsletter Award and the Best Auxiliary Award for a hospital the size of the San by the Missouri Hospital Association.

She also served as president of the Kansas City Directors of Volunteers Association and treasurer of the state association. She was a member of the Neighborhood Council Advisory Council, Independence Chamber of Commerce, Missouri Association of Volunteer Administrators, Missouri Association of Public Relations, and of First Presbyterian Church.

Florence is preceded in death by her husband, Tom, who died in 1988. She is survived by her daughter, Cathy Myers, currently living in Glendale (Phoenix area), AZ and her son, Tom Linnenbrink, currently living in Colorado Springs, CO, four grand children, and five great-grand children.

Contributions in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Association.