Obituary of Florence E. Galbraith
Florence E. Galbraith, age 94, passed away peacefully on August 31, 2016. Florence was born on August 21, 1922, in Corning, California. She graduated from Corning High School in 1940 with the Edward R. Kraft four-year academic scholarship to University of California at Berkeley. Her college education was interrupted by WWII, during which she started her family. Later, in 1966, after becoming widowed at an early age with a family to support, she met the challenge head on and reinvented her career as a computer programmer in a time when there were no college programs for such training. After an intense 6 months in IBM school, while also being fully present to her family as a single parent, she obtained credentials as a computer programmer and was hired by the State of California in a department responsible for data processing aimed at tracking and enforcement of the welfare system for all 58 counties in California. The code that she wrote and supported for such complex problems ran on an IBM 360 mainframe computer, which had a fraction of the processing power of today’s smart phones. Always present with an active and curious mind, Florence had a great love of the outdoors and a keen appreciation of the natural world. She enjoyed outings with family; particularly in various beloved spots in and around Lake Tahoe, Lake Topaz, and the Carson Valley, as well as international and domestic travel, music, and sports; especially golf and baseball. She deeply valued time with her family and friends. Florence is survived by her son, Gary Swedberg (Dalene), daughter, Sharon Laird, son Daniel Galbraith (Mary Remillard), and daughter Sally Swedberg, 8 grandchildren 10 great grandchildren and 2 granddogs. She was predeceased by her son, Randall Swedberg. In addition to being dedicated to her family and friends, Florence was dedicated to her community, as witnessed by her volunteering time and financial support to Hospice of the Foothills and Music in the Mountains, as well as ongoing financial support for various community-based organizations, such as the Food Bank of Nevada County, the Healthy Harvest Project of the Food Bank of Nevada County, Hospitality House of Grass Valley, and the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Coalition. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that condolences be made in the form of donations of time or financial support to one of Florence’s favorite community-based organizations, or to a community-based organization of choice. A celebration of life memorial service and reception are planned for October 23, 2016.
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