BLUE HILL – Florence P. “Flossie” Howard, 81, died Aug. 7, 2012, surrounded by her family at her home. She was born Sept. 21, 1930, in Blue Hill, the daughter of Marion B. and Bertha H. (Sylvester) Peasley.
Flossie worked as a certified nurse’s aide at Blue Hill Memorial Hospital and the former Four Town Nursing Association for 18 years. She ran her own bakery known as “Flossie’s Bread Box” for five years and later ran a bed and breakfast at the Ken-Rose Farm. She was a member of Halcyon Grange, Blue Hill.
She is survived by her husband of 22 years, Kendall Howard; two sons, Paul F. Atherton and wife, Vickie, of Blue Hill and Peter W. Atherton and wife, Priscilla, of Sedgwick; three daughters, Brenda J. Astbury and husband, Stephen, Karen Combs, all of Sedgwick, and a stepdaughter, Julie Littlefield and husband, Glen, of Bucksport; 11 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. Flossie was predeceased by a brother, Paul Peasley; a sister, Hortense Astbury; and the father of her children, Freeman Atherton.
Friends are invited to call 5-6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9, at Jordan-Fernald, 141 South St., Blue Hill. A graveside service will be held 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10, at Pine Grove Cemetery, Sedgwick, with the Rev W. Christian Koch officiating. Those who desire may make contributions in Flossie’s name to Peninsula Ambulance, P.O. Box 500, Blue Hill, ME 04614. Condolences may be expressed at