Florence was born in Paterson, NJ. She was a pioneer for girls and women and made an incredible impact in many lives. She attended nursing school and worked for Curtiss-Wright Propellers prior to becoming the first woman from Paterson to enlist in the U.S. Marine Corps Women’s Reserve and quickly moved up in rank to Sergeant. Florence became the Marine Corps Women’s Reserve recruiting posters model. She later became a NYC Conover Agency model and a Vargas girl. Florence was a leader in promoting women’s health and beauty. While raising her children as an Air Force wife, she was involved in a variety of community service organizations. She later was the office manager for Dr. K.S. Foltz, coached the all girls Buckeye Track Club, and was honored with numerous community service awards including the Westerville Sertoma “Service to Mankind” award. Florence had multiple USA national running records for Women Masters. She ran a marathon at age 61. Florence was inducted into the Ohio Veteran’s Hall of Fame. Most recently, she was honored by the naming of the Women’s Marine Association OH-3 Florence Jelsma Fawley Chapter, for the Columbus and Dayton area.
We honor you, Florence Fawley.