Florence W. Kernan
Florence White “Suzy” Kernan died peacefully Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012, at St. Joseph of the Pines Nursing Center, in Southern Pines.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 26, at the chapel at St. Joseph of the Pines Nursing Center. Burial will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.
Born Aug. 27, 1918, to Frank and Mary White, of Philadelphia, Suzy had one brother, Joe, who preceded her in death. Upon completion of nursing school, Suzy joined the U.S. Army Nurse Corps during World War II and was assigned to England, where she met her future husband, then-Maj. William F. Kernan.
They were married in Southampton, England, on April 27, 1945, after which Suzy returned to the States, was discharged as a first lieutenant and continued her education at Incarnate Word College in San Antonio, Texas, until the war ended and her husband returned stateside. It was then that they began an exciting and rewarding 33-year Army life together with assignments around the U.S., Germany and Panama.
Col. Bill and Suzy Kernan retired to San Antonio, Texas, in 1973. Her beloved husband, Bill, died in 1984, and Suzy remained in San Antonio until 2008, when she moved to Pinehurst.
Suzy, a dearly loved mother, is survived by her four children and their families, Buck and Marianne Kernan, of Pinehurst, Suzi Lowrey, of Hampton, Va., Michael and Bobi Kernan, of San Antonio, Texas, and Jim and Letti Kernan, of Austin, Texas. She is also survived by six grandchildren, Keith Kernan, Patrick and Kelly Kernan, and Kyle, Colin and Brendan Lowrey; and five great-grandchildren, Casey and Ahalya Lowrey, and Colin II, Lyle and Dorothy Lowrey.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to a charitable organization dear to Suzy’s heart, the Linden Lodge Foundation, P.O. Box 4153, Pinehurst, NC 28374. Online condolences may be made at www.
Boles Funeral Home of Pinehurst is serving the family.