She was driving three weeks ago and visiting with friends and family, but a sudden illness has ended the rich, full and fun life of Elsie Florine Belk Powers.
Florine (aka Mom, Grammy, GiGi, Grandma Edie, or Flo) was born July 1, 1927 to Lilly Talk Belk and Lemuel Burton Belk in Belton, Texas. She soon moved with her parents to Waco, where she graduated from Waco High School in 1945. Florine then enrolled in a business course, and met a new friend who constantly talked about her boyfriend Boyd (Roxy) Powers. Within a few weeks Florine had gained a boyfriend and lost a friend. Love was true and everlasting between Roxy and Florine, and they married December 31, 1947... because he teased "I can claim you as a dependent on the income tax!"
In the early l950s Florine and Roxy bought a new post-war home in north Waco where they raised two daughters Regina Helm and Rebecca Searcy.
Florine was full of fun and loved to laugh. As an only child married to an only child, family gatherings were small in size but large in love and companionship. She made butter and sugar sandwiches for her daughters to take on a picnic adventure... in the front yard. She taught them to play go fish and monopoly. She pulled a bicycle with no seat out of the trash heap and spray-painted it gold (thus Rebecca learned to ride a bike standing up!). When Rebecca started first grade, Florine and Regina had adventures... visiting neighbors for coffee-time, driving to West, TX for kolaches and playing endless games of Old Maid. Florine's true delight was loving on and raising her two adored daughters. Later in life this easily transferred to her beloved four grand-children and two great-grandsons, all of whom loved her playful and joyous spirit.
Near retirement, Florine and husband Roxy trolled estate sales for special finds and later collected enough to set up a booth at Canton and enjoyed the "flea-market comradery." They later moved to Marshall, where their backyard was wooded and full of critters and deer to watch. Florine and Roxy loved the friendly and caring nature of neighborhood friends. After her beloved husband died, Florine stepped up a social life with the "Divas of Duncan," widows who stuck together for companionship, laughter and adventure. Close friends Gail Weeks and Ginny Berry were always up for adventures.
Age was a number to Florine... not a definition. She was up for anything, loved visiting with family, friends, and neighbors, and constantly stayed engaged in life. She had a crush on Harry Connick Jr. and attended his concert in Shreveport earlier this year with her granddaughter Callan. She visited Vegas where her grandson David was stationed and was goggle-eyed by the people walking the Strip. A neighbor's son worked for Willie Nelson and gave her a front-row ticket to a concert several years ago - where upon meeting Willie backstage she reminded him that she lived down and across the alley from where he lived with his first wife in Waco. Her mind stayed sharp from hundreds of crossword puzzles, romance novels, and episodes of The Closer. She loved meeting people and talking and visiting... truly she talked to everyone! If a caller misdialed and landed on the phone with Grammy, she'd sit and talk for thirty minutes to a complete stranger. We already miss her voice and laughter.
Florine was preceded in death by her husband Boyd "Roxy" Powers, parents Lilly and Lemuel Belk, an infant brother John Belk and son-in-law Jason Searcy. She is survived by daughters Rebecca Searcy, Regina Helm and son-in-law Mark Helm, grandson Joshua Searcy and wife Meredith, granddaughter Callan Clark Searcy and husband Pat Reidy, grandsons David Helm and Ryan Helm and great-grandsons Josiah Luke and Jonathan Levi Searcy.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Harrison County Food Pantry (PO Box 1601, Marshall, TX) or The Pet Place (PO Box 155, Marshall, TX 75671).
MAY 10. 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Meadowbrook Funeral Home
1804 S Washington Ave
Marshall, TX, 75670
MAY 11. 2:00 PM