Florence M. (Collura) Demers, 86, a longtime resident of Chelmsford, recently of Richmond, VA, passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 18, 2022 at Our Lady of Hope Health Center, Richmond, VA, surrounded by her loving family. She was the beloved wife of the late Paul J. Demers with whom she shared 45 years of marriage until his passing in 2003.
She was born in Lowell on October 19, 1935, and was a daughter of the late Biagio and Domenica (Salamone) Collura.
Florence was raised in Lowell, Massachusetts. She attended Lowell High School and later obtained her secretarial certificate. She was employed at AVCO Corporation as a secretary in support of the Apollo Moon Program. She then worked at Cabot Corporation in Billerica, as a secretary to an executive chemist until her retirement in 1988. She was a daily communicant at St. Mary’s Church in Chelmsford. She played in the Chelmsford Community Theater production of “Hello Dolly!”. She loved to sing and travel the world with her husband Paul on various cruise lines.
Florence leaves her children, Kenneth Demers and wife Diane, of Medina, Ohio and Linda Demers Miller and husband David Miller of Rockville, VA; her grandchildren include Brenna Demers, Alanna Demers, Myles Miller, Jeffrey Demers, Kailey Miller, Mercedes Miller, Nathan Demers, Isabel Miller, and Trinity Miller. She has one great granddaughter, Mariah Abbitt, and is also survived by her sister, Theresa Fuller of Salem, NH.
Florence was predeceased by her brothers, Salvatore Collura and Domenic Collura, her sister-in-law, Eleanor Collura, brother-in-law, Robert Fuller, and brother-in-law, Joseph A. Demers.
Visiting hours will be held on Thursday, September 29, 2022 from 5 – 7 pm at the Blake Chelmsford Funeral Home, 24 Worthen St., Chelmsford. Her Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday at 11:00 am at St. Mary Parish, 25 North Rd. Chelmsford. Kindly meet at the church. Interment to follow in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Chelmsford. Memorial donations may be made in her name to the Alzheimer’s Association at alz.org