with Lorelle and Brent VanFossen

A Tribute to Flo Hein

This is the newspaper death announcement my mother, Ramona Fletcher, wrote about one of her very long time best friends, and a mentor to me.

Florence Rose Hein

Photograph of Flo HeinFlorence Rose Hein, of Marysville, Washington, died of cancer December 27, 2004, at the age of 78. Her last days were at Everett Transition Care, where she received loving care. Her friends, Ramona (Boylan) Fletcher, Robert Fletcher, Margaret Moore, and Michele Martineau spent many hours at her bedside, holding her hand and helping to make her comfortable.

Flo’s husband, Clinton “Bud” Hein, her step-son, Rod Hein, her parents and grandparents preceded her in death. She leaves Rod’s children, Jennifer Wooll and Carrie Hein and their families, Bud’s sisters, who treated her like a sister, Julie Davis Dill and Islay Mae Gourlay and families, all of California. Flo leaves a half-sister, LaVerne Donovan and her family in Bellingham. Flo’s very special friend and companion was Jack Hovik. Jack and Flo had many good times together. Jack’s family was wonderful to Flo and included her with love.

Flo managed a jewelry store in California after graduating from high school, but spent most of her working life in the real estate business in Washington. In 1971, Bud and Flo became part owners of Capri Realty, Inc., and after the company closed, Flo worked in the mortgage business before joining American Properties NW Inc. In 1979, Flo served as President of the Snohomish County-Camano Board of Realtors. She was proud of her service to the real estate industry and cherished her many Realtor friends and friends at Wishing Well II, in Marysville, where she lived her last years.

We love you Flo, and will never forget you. You are a classy lady even when playing poker or blackjack, enjoying a martini, canning peaches, or doing the jitterbug. At Flo’s request, no services will be held. Her friends plan an informal gathering in her memory in the near future. Call 425-252-0711.


  • Jennifer Wooll
    Posted December 8, 2005 at 10:25 | Permalink

    Thank you so much for the lovely tribute to my grandmother, Flo Hein. She was a wonderful lady and I miss her dearly. She was closer to me than any of my other grandparents. I have very fond memories of my visits to Washington to see her and Grandpa Bud. They were both very loved.

  • Posted December 8, 2005 at 11:16 | Permalink

    I don’t want children and Flo was a lovely example of the power to be a woman without children who was loved as mother and grandmother, even adopted grandmother, by many, including me who is not family in any way other than friendship. I adored her and Bud and both were important figures in my upraising and life.

    My mother, Ramona, is still playing with the idea of having a memorial with friends and family. Do get in touch with her to help put that together, possibly to honor the one year anniversary of her death. Flo deserves such tribute.

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