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Summit Hill native turns 100

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    Florence Wehr

Published May 25. 2018 12:58PM

Florence Wehr recently celebrated her 100th birthday. She was born on May 6, 1918, to Louis and Della (Miller) Vermillion. She was one of six siblings: brothers Dr. Albert and Joseph Vermilion and sisters Anna Foulk, Dorothy Windbeck and Thelma George.

Florence graduated from Summit Hill High School in 1936 and was active in school plays and other activities.

After graduation, she worked at Jim Tarlton candy store dishing out ice cream and selling bag candy.

At age 20, she helped her mother take care of her sick father until he passed away. She then cared for her mother until she passed away in 1971.

She also volunteered as a spotter with the Civil Air Patrol during World War II. Her job was to watch for enemy planes. The watch tower was located at the top of the Summit Hill Rod and Gun Club. Also during the air raids at night, Florence was a warden and would walk her block to make sure all of the homes had their lights off.

Florence was very active in her church and is the oldest member.

In 1939, she met the love of her life, Ernest Wehr. They married in 1942 and set up house keeping in Summit Hill. They became proud parents of a son, Drew, in July 1946.

In August 2012, Ernie and Florence moved to Maple Shade Meadows, an assisted living home. Ernie died in June 2013 after 73 years of marriage. In 2017, Florence broke her hip and became a resident of The Summit, now her new home.

In addition to her son, Drew and daughter-in-law Linda, Florence has two grandchildren, Lynn and Brian, and three great-grandchildren: Zeek, Rayna and Emily, as well as many nieces and nephews.

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