Florida Morehead Saulsby, 77, longtime cook

Posted: August 03, 2014

Florida Morehead Saulsby, 77, a longtime cook at a former Philadelphia learning center, died Wednesday, July 23, of complications from cancer at St. Joseph's Hospital.

Mrs. Saulsby was named after her grandmother, who lived in Lake City in the Sunshine State. Mrs. Saulsby graduated from Richardson High School in Lake City.

In 1955, she and her husband, Willie F., moved to South Philadelphia. She was hired by New Horizon Research Institute, where young mothers with babies could attend classes. It is no longer operating.

She liked the job so much that she stayed for 37 years, specializing in cooking and dietitian work. While she worked, she raised four children. Her husband died in 1988.

Her daughter Angela Saulsby Sharpe said Mrs. Saulsby did not have advanced education, but the elder woman always said that "common sense will take you everywhere."

"She had the wisdom of an educated person," Sharpe said. "Whatever came out of her mouth would stop the crowd. She loved God, and she wouldn't tolerate a lot of nonsense."

Mrs. Saulsby's passions were her family, cooking, spiritual reflection - and wearing gorgeous hats.

"She had a lot of them and was very particular about them," her daughter said. She liked dramatic ones in bright colors. "The bigger, the better," Sharpe said.

Surviving, besides her daughter, are a son, Joseph E.; another daughter, Mildred Saulsby Brawley; four grandchildren; and a brother. A daughter, Marva S. Browntree, died earlier.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, at Bright Hope Baptist Church, 1601 N. 12th St. Burial is in Mount Peace Cemetery.


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