Lady Flo Bjelke-Petersen Has Died

Aged 97

20 December 2017

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Former senator Lady Florence Bjelke-Petersen has died at 97 years of age.

Her family made the announcement of her passing today:

"It is with great sadness that we inform you that Lady Florence Bjelke-Petersen peacefully passed away at 3.46pm December 20 after a short period of illness at Luther Services Orana Aged Care Service where she had resided since August 2014," the statement said.

"She was surrounded by her family and loved ones including her sister Margaret Gilmour.

"We safely entrust her into the hands of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

"Until recently she actively participated as organist for church within the Orana community and other aged care facilities in Kingaroy. Lady Flo as she was fondly known was 97 years old.

"She will be sorely missed by her family many across Queensland and beyond.

"Lady Flo was loved and will be missed by all staff and residents of Orana.

"Funeral arrangements are yet to be advised."

Florence Gilmour married Joh Bjelke-Petersen in 1952, after they met when she was working as a private secretary to the Queensland Commissioner for Main Roads.

Lady Bjelke-Petersen launched her own political career, with Sir Joh nominating her as a Nationals senator for Queensland in 1981.

Among the many thing’s she will be remembered for one of the most famous would be here pumpkin scone recipe.

Florence Bjelke-Petersen is survived by her children John, Helen and Ruth.

South Burnett Mayor Keith Campbell led the many tributes to Lady Flo, calling her a remarkable woman.

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