Flora E. Wemple, 100, of North Main Street, Mayfield, died Sunday morning, February 28, 2010, at the Fulton County Residential Health Care Facility.
She was born in Burke, Vermont, on April 29, 1909, a daughter of Bert and Lizzie Gochie Leazer and was adopted by George and Clara Besaw of Mayfield in 1917. Flora attended Union Free School in Mayfield and graduated from Gloversville High School, where she played the saxophone in the high school band.
At one time, she and her husband operated Wemple Grocery Store in Riceville. She worked at the former Mayfield Glove Company for thirty years and later at the former Britts Department Store in Gloversville. Mrs. Wemple also cared for area elderly residents for ten years.
She was a member of the Mayfield Central Presbyterian Church.
Flora was a former member and served as president of the Mayfield Central School PTA, a member and past president of the Mayfield (Bannertown) Senior Citizens Club, a member and past officer of the Fulton County Senior Citizens Club, and a member of the original Bannertown Theater Players. She enjoyed playing cards with friends and attending family parties. At age 81, Flora enjoyed a trip to Machu Pichu in Peru.
She was married to Delbert Wemple Sr. on June 8, 1929. He died on July 10, 1972. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by: her siblings, Earl, Wilber, and Arla; and her daughter-in-law, Joan.
Survivors include: three sons, Bernard H. Wemple of Rock City Falls, Delbert (Mary) Wemple Jr. of Cincinnatus, and Bruce D. (Audrey) Wemple of Galway; 9 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren .
Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Mayfield Central Presbyterian Church, 22 North Main Street, Mayfield with Rev. Bonnie Orth, officiating. Calling hours will be held on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Robert M. Halgas Funeral Home Inc., 38 West Main Street, Broadalbin. Burial will take place at the Mayfield Cemetery in the spring. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Mayfield Bannertown Senior Citizens Club or to the Fulton County RHCF, in care of the funeral home.