Florence Irene Whittemore Machia passed away on Tuesday, April 19th.
She was born on July 30th, 1932 to parents Howard and Esther Whittemore in Eden, Vermont.
She married the love of her life, Elwin Machia, on November 20th, 1954, and the two had three
children: Stanley, Debbie, and Steven.
Florence was an avid and talented baker, working across Lamoille County at several local
restaurants. Her cookies and pies were family favorites and were served at holidays and family
gatherings for decades. She also enjoyed spending time with her family and tending her many
In time, Florence became a grandmother and great-grandmother to many children, whom she
showered in unconditional love. Her house became a haven, surrounded by her gardens lush
with different kinds of flowers that perfumed the air with smells of tulip, lilac, and marigold.
Inside, her home always smelled like fresh-baked cookies and lemon Pledge. It was filled with
the sounds of children, soap operas, and old country music on the radio. She kept her home
open to everyone, made sure they were fed and warm, and gave them a place to rest their
head, should they need it. Florence was the kind of mother and grandmother every child
deserves and we were lucky to have her.
She was predeceased by her husband Elwin, daughter Debbie, and siblings Clayton, Winston,
Helen, and Betty. She leaves behind her sister Marilyn and brother Richard, sons Stanley and
Steven, and daughter-in-law Rebecca, her grandchildren Stanley Jr., Breanne, Amelia, Amanda,
Ryan and Amber, as well as her great-grandchildren William, Scarlett, Devon, Aerilynn, Leeah,
Rylee, and Bentlee.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Vermont Garden Network, whose
mission is to cultivate well-being by helping people of all ages access resources to grow food,
build confidence and connect with each other. Find their website at
The family will have a private graveside service later in the year at the Eden Cemetery.
Thank you to the staff at The Manor for taking such good care of her the last few years. The des Groseilliers Funeral Home is honored to serve the Machia family.
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