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DECKER, Florine Anna Beloved wife, mother and grandmother, Florine Anna Decker passed away peacefully at her home in Quartz Hill on January 28, 2011, at the age of 91. Florine was born on March 26, 1919, in St. Joseph, Missouri. Florine grew up in St. Joseph and moved to California in 1945, where she met Larry, her husband of 64 years. They were married in 1946, and lived in Los Angeles until moving to Quartz Hill in 1966. Larry and Florine joined Antelope Valley Country Club and spent much of the next 45 years on its golf course. Florine also worked in retail, first at Ryder's Dress Shop and then at Irene Somerset's. If she wasn't in her high heels selling you clothes or playing golf, you could find her in a bridge or pinochle game either at the club or a friend's house. Florine lived and loved life to the fullest, and always did things 'her way'. The last week of her life was spent at home with hospice care, and she was blessed with being able to visit with close friends and family. Florine is survived by daughter and son-in-law Joyce and Peter Soos of Lancaster, daughter Karen Decker of Santa Monica, three granddaughters Elaine, Elizabeth and Theresa, two great-grandsons, Jack and Hunter, and several nieces and nephews. Florine was preceded in death by husband Larry on November 20, 2010. A celebration of their life together will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, February 5, 2011, at the Antelope Valley Country Club in Palmdale. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Shriner's Children's Hospital in Los Angeles or to the Antelope Valley Country Club Scholarship Foundation for young golfers.

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