Florence “Flip” Nedrow, 78, longtime Eagle Valley resident, died at home in Richland, Ore., Monday, Oct. 15, 2007. A Graveside service was held on Friday, Oct. 19, at the Eagle Valley Cemetery in Richland, Ore.

Florence “Flip” Lottie Nedrow was born on April 26, 1929, to Wesley Cyril Nedrow and Myrtle Helen Blank Nedrow in Richland, Oregon. She attended school in Richland and graduated in 1947 from Eagle Valley High School.

Following high school Flip moved to Colorado Springs for a short time, and then moved to Portland, Ore. She worked for American Can Company until it closed, then went to Beaverton and worked for Tecktronix until 1972. In 1972, she bought Allen’s Sporting Goods in Richland, Oregon. She had never worked with the public before and was scared to death. But she found that she really enjoyed it, and in short order the name of the business was changed to “Flips.” The store carried groceries, liquor and sporting goods. In 1987 the building was remodeled into a restaurant, which she and her sister Joan operated. In 1999, they sold the business and Flip officially retired.

Flip served on the city council for years and then enjoyed a two-year stint as Mayor of Richland, Ore., in 1977 and 1978. She enjoyed woodworking, being outdoors, the mountains, flowerbeds and books.

Flip is survived by her son Mark and wife Jackie Nedrow of Reno, Nev.; granddaughter Amber Nedrow of Phoenix, Ariz.; sister Joan and husband Marvin Schaber Jr.of Richland, Ore.; Aunt Leona Speelman of Richland, Ore.; nephews Clifford Jones of Richland, Ore., Steven and wife Terri Schaber of Ione, Ore.; nieces Tammy and husband Pat Mallon of Stanfield, Ore., Lori and Hector Cano of Hermiston, Ore.; special family members Melissa and Eric Masterson, Kyle and Kaylee Palmateer.

She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Ethel and brother-in-law Herschel Jones and “special sister” Flurine Blank Weir Sjoberg.

Those who would like to make a memorial donation in memory of Flip may do so to the Eagle Valley Cemetery through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.

Used with permission from: The Record Courier, Baker City, Oregon, October 25, 2007
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor