Floris Woodhouse

Floris Woodhouse, age 88, of Yankton, South Dakota, died on Saturday, September 24, 2022 at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton.

Memorial services are 10:00 AM on Tuesday, September 27, 2022 at Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with Reverend Dani Jo Bierwagen officiating.  Burial will be in the Yankton Cemetery at a later date.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home.

Floris was born November 6, 1933 in Britton, South Dakota.  Her parents were Chris and Clara Vermundson.  She had five brothers and was the second to the youngest.  Floris was raised on the family farm near Roslyn, SD and attended country school.  She finished her education in the Roslyn Public School System.  After high school, Floris moved to Webster, SD where she worked as a nurse’s aide at the hospital.  On August 9, 1953, she married Del Helland who was a barber in Webster.  After their marriage, they moved to Aberdeen, SD and three children were born: Kristie, Wayne and Jim.  They lived in Aberdeen for 11 years and then moved to Yankton.  Floris worked many years in housekeeping, first for Avera Sacred Heart Hospital and then for Trinity Lutheran Church.  After 30 years of marriage, Del passed away on October 12, 1983.

In 1987, Floris met George Woodhouse at a square dance and later she invited George to a Christmas party.  They began to realize they had a lot in common for everyday living.  They were engaged on Valentine’s Day in 1989 at Bogner’s Steakhouse and thought to marry in about a year.  George was surprised by a job transfer in January so they decided to marry early so they could look for a house in Boise, Idaho.  George and Floris were married on March 27, 1989 at Christ Episcopal Church in Yankton.  They lived in Boise for a year and a half and then George was transferred to Grand Island, NE.  Floris volunteered at the hospitals in both states.  After George’s retirement in December of 1995, they moved back to Yankton.  They lived in Riverside Acres for 19 years and then moved to Hillcrest Apartments so they could travel more often.  They enjoyed traveling to Branson the most but also saw Oregon, New York, Idaho, Montana, Washington D.C. and many more.  Floris’s first minor stroke slowed her down and then she suffered a second stroke a week before she died.  Floris and George were married for 33 years and 7 months.  They enjoyed Yankton and were members of Christ the King Lutheran Church.  She enjoyed playing cards, spending time with friends and loved living close to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Floris is survived by her husband, George Woodhouse of Yankton; three children: Kristie (Bruce) Jensen of Yankton, Wayne (Vickie) Helland of Yankton, and Jim (Teresa) Helland of Brookings, SD; George’s children: Glen, Tim and Bart; four grandchildren: Beth, Greg, Zach and Jack; and three great-grandchildren: Milo, Piper and Levi.

Floris was preceded in death by her parents; first husband, Del Helland; and four brothers.

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14 response to "Floris Woodhouse"

  1. By: Brenda Willcuts Posted: September 24, 2022

    Our deepest sympathy to the family she was one of the nicest ladies I ever met . She will be with you always in your heart . May your memories of her bring you comfort

    Brenda and Steve Willcuts

  2. By: Kent Prince Posted: September 24, 2022

    We are so sorry to hear this news. Floris and George were so kind and helpful with our mother. She was so gracious and kind to us kids during mom’s funeral, feeding us all some great food in her home. Our prayers for comfort and peace go out to the family.

  3. By: Darrell Mahoney Posted: September 26, 2022

    So sorry for your loss thoughts and prayers for your family.

  4. By: Betty Nelson Posted: September 26, 2022

    Jim I am so very sorry to hear of your loss! It is always so hard to lose a parent. Please know that you and your entire family are in my thoughts and prayers as you make your way through this!

  5. By: Norma Andersen Posted: September 26, 2022

    So sorry to hear about your loss. I considered Floris a very dear friend and always enjoyed visiting with her and George. I extend my deepest sympathy to George, Kristy & family, Wayne & family and Jim and family. Floris was always there to lend a hand when needed. She loved her family and and spoke highly of them. She will be dearly missed by many.

  6. By: Art & Linda Medeck Posted: September 26, 2022

    Jim, Christi (& Bruce), Wayne, & George, & family,
    We’re so sorry to hear about Floris. She was such a caring, special, and happy person. She always made time to see us and talk with us. We loved her a lot! I was shocked in 1983 when Dell died and am happy she made a new life with George; they had a blast traveling as you say. Hope you guys are doing well and hope to see you sometime, it’s been way too long.
    Our sincere condolences to you and your families.
    Art & Linda Medeck

  7. By: MIke Stevens Posted: September 26, 2022

    Floris and George were a great couple and they thoroughly enjoyed each other. They always had a smile on their face. She will be greatly missed. Regular attenders at the Senior Center and all of their activities. Floris’ love of people continues on through her children who are an asset to our community.

  8. By: Jean & Jeff Liudahl Posted: September 26, 2022

    We have fond memories of Floris while attending Trinity Lutheran together! She served tirelessly for many functions & always had a smile for everyone. Your family has our sincere condolences for your loss.

  9. By: Dale & Terri Thunker Posted: September 26, 2022

    So sorry for your loss. Floris was such a kind, nice person. When we moved to Yankton in 1981 we bought our first house from them. She always was a very sweet person!

  10. By: Larry Krisl Posted: September 27, 2022

    Floris was always such a kind and sweet lady. She and Del were good friends with my parents and I know they are all together again in heaven. Our sincere sympathy and condolences to the family for your loss of such a great lady.
    Larry and Susan Krisl

  11. By: Lawrence DeJong Posted: September 29, 2022

    Sorry to read of the death of Floris, my sincere condolences to the family and friends. I believe we can all take solace in that Floris is now at piece with her Lord.

    Lawrence DeJong

  12. By: Peggy L Roberts Posted: September 30, 2022

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. I worked at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in housekeeping with her for about 20 years. She was a very kind person.
    Judy Bockholt

  13. By: Mary Lynn Mains Posted: October 2, 2022

    To Floris,s family ,
    I was working in the emergency dept. at Sacred Heart when I met Floris. She was the beacon of light, happiness, an kindness! She always had a twinkle in her eye an a smile in her pocket. My life an anyone she touched are blessed to have known her. A wonderful lady. My sincere sympathy to all of you.

  14. By: Wesley Bishop Posted: October 10, 2022

    Floris and my mom worked together for many years. Floris was always the sweetest, kindest person. Even though I was just a kid at the time, we had many laughs. She will be greatly missed.

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