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Florence Blackwell
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Florence Alexander Savage LaRoche Blackwell, 95, of Camden, SC, died peacefully at home Friday, February 27, 2015. 

A native of Camden, she was born July 9, 1919, a daughter of the late Henry and Helen Alexander Savage, and the youngest of seven children. Educated in Camden, she graduated in 1940 from Converse College with an education degree and was a retired Kershaw County teacher, working at Pine Tree Hill and Joseph Kershaw Academy.

She was also the owner of “Southern Belle Catering” in Camden. A former Miss Camden, Florence’s first job was with WIS Radio in Columbia. 

She was predeceased by her husband of 30 years, Gen. Ripon Wilson LaRoche, M.D. and later by her second husband, David Leigh Blackwell.

She was the last charter member of the Springdale Hall Club, a member of DAR and was a faithful, lifelong member of Grace Episcopal Church, serving multiple terms on the Vestry, head of the Altar Guild, and as a member of Daughters of the King. 

A lifelong miniature enthusiast, she built and decorated dozens of dollhouses and was a member of several miniature clubs. 

She is survived by her five children, Helen Milling (David) of Ann Arbor, Mich., Susan Kearns (Scott) of Rock Hill, S.C., Dr. Jane LaRoche of Camden, Dr. Ripon LaRoche (Claire) of Farmville, Va., and Thomas LaRoche (Karen) of Camden, two step-daughters, Jodie Anderson and Charlotte Coleman of Charleston, S.C. and their five children; nine grandchildren, Hope Kearns Trapp of Camden, Crawford Milling of Isles of Palms, Scott Conrad Kearns II of Aiken, Elizabeth LaRoche Burki (Andrew) of Boynton Beach, Fla., Ripon and Reeves LaRoche of Farmville, Va.; Julia and Caroline LaRoche of New York City; and Katherine LaRoche of Camden; two step-grandchildren, Judson Parrish (Amanda) of Cary, N.C. and Elizabeth Balazs (Ben) of El Paso, Texas; two great-grandchildren, Ripon Conrad Kearns of Aiken, and Sarah Alexander Trapp of Camden; and four step great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her siblings, Hope Warren, Catherine Savage, Henry Savage, Jr., Helen Edmunds, Lawrence Alexander Savage and Adele Hawkins.

Memorials may be sent to Grace Episcopal Church, 1315 Lyttleton Street, Camden, S.C. 29020. 

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel, is in charge of the arrangements.

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