Florence Littauer Death | Obituary – Florence Littauer sadly passed away April 27, 1928 – July 11, 2020.
Florence Littauer, an internationally renowned Christian speaker and author who championed messages of hope, encouragement and understanding, died July 11, 2020. She was 92.
Florence had been living with her daughter Marita and her husband in Lubbock, Texas, for the past two years. She was under hospice care at home following a stroke and a heart attack.
In her 50 year career, Florence authored 40 books and addressed hundreds of thousands of people in the United States and overseas. She was a dynamic and inspirational life coach long before the term became popular, weaving scripture and everyday stories into practical lessons. She used humor and a vast storehouse of anecdotes to underline her central theme that dreams can be achieved and that one of the great rewards in life is to help others become the people God created them to be.
One of her favorite anecdotes turned into a book, and a powerful message, called Silver Boxes, the Gift of Encouragement. She was already an established speaker when she was recognized at a Sunday service by the pastor who spontaneously asked her to deliver the children’s sermon. The scripture that came into her head was Ephesians 4:29, a verse of encouragement that seemed too complicated for the children. As she unpacked the meaning—that words should be used like a gift—a little girl jumped up to face the congregation and said, “What she means is that our words should be like a little silver box with a bow on top.” That phrase became a calling card for Florence from then on.
Florence was born on April 27, 1928 in Newton, Massachusetts to Walter and Katie Chapman. Her father was a shopkeeper and part-time writer and her mother was a homemaker. Florence was awarded a scholarship to attend the University of Massachusetts, where she graduated with a degree in English. She returned home to teach English, speech, and drama at Haverhill High School and to help at the family store.
We express our sympathy and deepest condolences to Littauer’s family today and in the days, weeks, months, and years that are to come as they cope with his passing. May his soul rest in peace.