Florence Rosalie Kinsey

Florence was born in Evanston, IL where she spent her childhood, married, and had her three children. In the late 1960’s, she moved with her children to California to live closer to her mother, sister and brother. For several years, she worked as a draftswoman at Vacublast and Westinghouse and later worked as a graphic artist for several businesses. She retired from San Mateo County with 20 years of service as a Map Draftsman and Delineator. Her last years with the county were spent designing and creating brochures for the Parks and Recreation department. In 2003, she moved to El Dorado Hills, and later to Placerville where she spent the last 5 ½ years of her life wheelchair bound due to MS that was diagnosed at the age of 72. Florence enjoyed music, played an accordion and was in several bands starting from high school. She was athletic and on the girl’s track team in high school. She graduated from Evanston Township High School in 1940 and achieved the Irma Louise Kloptsteg Memorial Prize for her distinctive work in art. She won a third-place ribbon for an oil painting titled “Evolution” that was displayed at the Chicago Art Museum in the late 1950’s. The picture showed the evolution of man starting with the caveman era all of the way through space exploration – she was definitely ahead of her time. She enjoyed painting pictures (watercolor and oil) of Aztec Indians, waterfalls and the Egyptian era.

Florence is survived by her sister, Mary Cristiani, her daughter, Gabrielle Robinson, daughter and spouse Eileen (Bob) Cancilla, son and spouse Les (Ruth) Kinsey and granddaughters Lori Cancilla, Amy Cancilla, Stephanie (Michael) Ortega and Andrea Robinson. A “Celebration of Life” will be held in Placerville at Gabrielle Robinson’s home on March 19, 2011 from 2-5pm. RSVP to gabby260@gmail.com. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made on her behalf by clicking on www.nationalmssociety.org, click on the Donate button, click on “Donate to an existing fund”, and search for “Florence Kinsey”.

Here is a little taste of her artwork– an Aztec watercolor and tempera piece she did in the 1980’s.


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