Obituary: Florence Helen Birge
October 2, 2012
Florence Helen Birge Mosher, 90, passed away on Sept. 14 at her home in Breckenridge.You may remember her from the “Good Deed Day” January 2012. She loved to walk to knitting group every week and on this day she had extra help from Sheriff John Minor and his posse.She was born to Fred and Florence Bledsoe Birge, Jan. 28, 1922, in Sherman, Texas. Florence graduated from Sherman High School in 1939 and in 1943 received a bachelor of science from Texas State College for Women in Denton, Texas, majoring in art history.In the late 1920s she traveled to Colorado, camping along the way in Lincoln Town Cars. She had fond memories and many stories of Manitou Springs where she spent two years as a young schoolgirl. She was able to return to Manitou last October to witness the marriage of her oldest daughter.She worked at Tinker Field, Okla., for the USAF as a civilian modifying the B-29 pressure cabin. There she met and married Frank Scherer Mosher during the big ice storm in February 1945 at St. Stephens Episcopal Church in Sherman, Texas. They were divorced in 1971. Florence worked at the Lawrence Radiation Laboratory, in Berkeley from 1946 to 1949. She returned to work in 1969 after raising her four children. She worked for Discovision Associates in the early 1970s, the pioneer in optical disc storage technology through the development of the laser disc. Before retiring in 1988 she worked as an optical designer to aid in development of defense satellite lenses.Florence loved to travel abroad. She was an accomplished oil painter and knitter. She enjoyed her close “knit” group of friends from all her days.She is survived by her twin sister Virginia Ann Rountree of Fort Myers, Fla., and her children; Lisa Mosher and Larry Baggs of Las Vegas, Fred and Jayne Mosher of Aspen, Michael Mosher and Alan diPaulo, Kim Mosher and Greg Abernathy of Breckenridge; her grandchildren, Talia Teal and Scott Daggert, Kyle and Shana Teal, Lauren Teal, Lacy Mosher and Leif Mosher; her great grandchildren Parker and Lucas Teal, Dominic Teal.Friends are invited to attend the celebration of life for Florence on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 1 p.m. at her home. Wear something colorful, her favorite colors were pink & orange.Memorials in Florence’s name may be made to the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center firstname.lastname@example.org.