Florence Higgins Isaacs

Florence Higgins Isaacs was born in little Reno, Ill., on Dec. 16, 1920. Curious about the wider world, as a teen she went to Chicago, where she lived and worked for several years. In Champaign, Ill, she met the love of her life, George Isaacs, a New York Jew studying on the G.I. Bill at the University of Illinois. Florence was the granddaughter and stepdaughter of Presbyterian ministers and everyone told them it wouldn't work. Their happy marriage lasted 56 years until George's death in 2006.

Together they raised three children, fought for civil rights and traveled the world. Florence was a loving and generous parent, a fierce advocate for her children and mother figure to many. She loved gardening, baking and quilting. She had a strong sense of justice and took action wherever she saw a need. She was active in the DFL Party and League of Women Voters. Through her church, she stocked food pantries, helped families in transition to establish their households and started a quilt group, recruiting others with her kindness and can-do attitude.

She lived in Roseville for 40 years, the last five years at Eagle Crest in Roseville.

Florence is survived by son Aaron (Mona) Isaacs, daughters Ginnie (Al) Cover and Patti Isaacs (Gauss Rescigno), five grandsons and three great-grandchildren. Memorial service was Dec. 16 at Presbyterian Church of the Way in Shoreview. Private interment was held at Ft. Snelling Cemetery. Memorials are preferred to progressive causes, League of Women Voters, Second Harvest, or Church of the Way.

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