Flossie ChancellorJuly 5, 1919 ~ September 12, 2017 (age 98)
July 5, 1919 – September 12, 2017
Florence C. “Flossie” Chancellor, 98, of Nampa, passed away peacefully in her sleep on September 12, 2017.
Flossie was born on July 5, 1919 in a small, rural town of Compton, Arkansas. Her parents were Edger Allen and Ida Mae Sims Thrall. Together the couple had 6 boys and Flossie; she was the third oldest of the family. Flossie often shared stories about her life as a young girl and the hardships her family endured as they fought to make a life in the remote town. Flossie was raised to work hard, to expect little, and to care for her brothers, especially Delbert. Life was tough in Compton, but Flossie always reminisced about her time good and bad there.
A young Flossie married Stan Betty in 1941. Together they had a daughter, Judy. The couple eventually parted ways and Flossie ended up in Jerome, Idaho, where she met the love of her life, Ed Chancellor, at a café where she was working as a waitress. The two married in April of 1947. The couple had two daughters, Kay and Nancy. The family eventually settled on South Powerline in Nampa where Flossie and Ed built their life together. They raised cows, chickens, goats, peacocks, cockatiels, and several dogs and cats on their small ranch over the years. While farming, and milking cows on their farm, Flossie took on many jobs outside of the home including working as a telephone operator. Most notably, she became the “lead lady” (Supervisor) for Birdseye in Nampa. After the couple retired, Flossie and Ed spent some time traveling around the United States and even enjoyed time in the Orient.
More than anything, though, Flossie enjoyed taking care of others. Over the years of their marriage, Flossie and Ed took in 45 foster children. Even in her late years, Flossie would talk about her foster children with fondness. She also loved spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren and always expected a hug and kiss from them when they arrived at her home and before they left it. She would take them fishing, play Skip-Bo and Bingo with them, sneak them treats, and watch Boise State football games with them. The kids loved being around her because she had a great sense of humor and a lively spirit.
Flossie was preceded in death by her parents, five brothers, her loving husband, Ed and a great granddaughter, Hannah Spriggs.
Flossie is survived by her brother, Delbert Thrall (Ruth) of Rupert; three daughters, Judy McLaughlin (Clint), Kay Spriggs (Richard), and Nancy Smith (Gerald), all of Nampa; as well as 7 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.
Flossie will be remembered for her giving nature, her honesty, and her dedication and love for her family and friends.
The family would like to thank the staff at Family Life Memory Care for caring for Flossie in the months preceding her death.
A funeral service to honor and celebrate her life will be held at 10:30 A.M. Saturday, September 16, 2017 at the Nampa Funeral Home, Yraguen Chapel. Burial will follow in the Kohlerlawn Cemetery, Nampa. An online guest book is available at www.nampafuneralhome.com
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation.