WALLA WALLA — Florence A. Shawa died on Oct. 17, 2020 at the age of 87 years of age, in Walla Walla, Washington, at home surrounded by family. She was a resident of Long Beach, Washington for 55 years. Florence and her husband Azmi Y. Shawa shared 61 years of enduring love before he left this earth in 2017. She was born in Yakima, Washington on Sept. 1, 1933 to Mary (Moore) and Joseph Zimmerman.
Florence was preceded in death by her husband Azmi; her parents Mary and Joseph; her brothers, Jimmy, Joe and John; her sisters, Mary Ann and Kate. She is survived by her sisters, Theresa and Marguerite; her three children, Nabiel (Susan), Lameece (Keith), and Reema (Don); eight grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
Florence grew up in Yakima, Washington and met the love of her life, Azmi Shawa, whom she married in May 1956. They lived in Prosser, Washington where they had their first child, Nabiel (son) in 1957. Shortly after, Florence and Azmi moved to Benghazi, Libya for Azmi’s work and they resided there for about two years. They returned to Prosser, Washington in 1959 and had their second child, Lameece (daughter). In 1960, Florence and Azmi and their two children moved to Long Beach, Washington, and in 1966 had their third child, Reema (daughter).
Florence was a dedicated wife and mother, and spent her life giving back to the community. She volunteered in the public school system for many years, was a long-time volunteer Emergency Medical Technician for the Long Beach Fire Department, and was active in various community organizations.
Florence was a strong link in a long chain of friends and family, always serving as a vital link between them and helping foster lasting relationships among them. Her greatest joys in life came from giving to others, spending time with her kids and grandchildren, traveling with her husband Azmi, helping out with the family-owned cranberry farm, and treating her and Azmi’s friends to many home-cooked Middle Eastern meals.
Declining health led Florence and Azmi to relocate to Walla Walla, to spend their final years near their son, Nabiel and his wife, Susan who provided them with great care and love in their final days. While it was quite a distance from their life-long town of Long Beach, Florence stayed in close touch with all her friends, and looked forward to reading the local paper each week, never losing her ties to the beach.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a memorial service is not planned at this time.