Florence B. Alvarez

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Obituary

On December 18, 2017, Mrs. Florence Burnett Alvarez passed away surrounded by her loving family. She was preceded in death by her late husband LTC (US Army Retired) Alfred "Smilin' Al" Alvarez who passed away in July 2017.

Florence was born in Revere, MA on February 6, 1928. She graduated from Revere High School in 1946 and began work as a telephone operator. She met Alfred in 1948; they were married in 1949 and began a blissful life together of 68 years. As an "Army Wife" she traveled between military duty stations including Japan, Germany, Argentina and numerous Army posts in the U.S. before eventually settling in Fayetteville, NC. They purchased their first home and lived there from 1965 until their passing in 2017.
Their marriage included four children: Michael (CDR USN Ret) married to Catherine, Colleen married to William Wellons, Kevin married to Cynthia, and Sean married to to Amy; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Florence was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother who always put her family first. She was happiest surrounded by the large family gatherings with the kids and all the stories and joking. While sadly missed, her family takes comfort in knowing that she and Al are reunited to spend eternity together.
A cremation will be handled by Jernigan-Warren Funeral Home and private services will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, her family requests donations be made to the Fayetteville Animal Protections Society.