Florence Canonic

Florence Canonic
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Florence Canonic

Birth: 8 February 1902
Hyde Park, Utah, USA
Death: 25 December 2012
Arcadia, California, USA
Age: 110 years, 321 days

Florence Mary Canonic (née Lyon; 8 February 1902 – 25 December 2012) was a pending American supercentenarian. She was the oldest known people in the US state of Utah at the time of her death.


She was born in Hyde Park, Utah on 8 February 1902. Her parents were George Lyon and Sarah Alice (née Woolf) Lyon. Her father died in 1938 at the age of 80 and her mother died in 1933 at the age of 66.

She graduated from High School and after attending the University of Utah and the University of Nevada, she began her teaching career. She taught in a number of small one room schools in Nevada finally teaching in Genoa, Nevada, where she was the principle.

She married Bert Clarence Canonic on 4 August 1927 in Carson City, Nevada. The couple had 7 children. Her husband died in 1992.

She taught in Pyramid Lake Nevada and then in the Reno School system until her retirement. She loved to travel taking many trips extending to several countries around the world. She was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Members of her family had also experienced longevity: her great-grandmother lived to be 91, her aunt Rhoda Woolf lived to be 91, her sister Hazel Bake lived to be 95, her sister Harriett Stoddard lived to be 96, her brother George Lyon lived to be 96, her brother Eldon Lyon lived to be 96, her sister Orpha Drown lived to be 94. Her cousin, Cleo Hinckley (13 October 1890 – 30 September 2002) was also a supercentenarian.

She died in Arcadia, California on 25 December 2012 at the age of 110 years, 321 days. She was survived by 14 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild.


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