information mentioned above is in tribute to Florence Richardson
Wyckoff whose great passion for historical preservation and
the redwoods (among her many other contributions) has made a great and
lasting impression on our hearts and our community. Florence's wonderful
philanthropic history is available on line at www.ucsc.edu/library/reg-hist/wyckoff.html.
A memorial service in celebration of Florence's life (October 5, 1905-September
20, 2000) was held in Watsonville, Ca. on October 5, 2000. The custom
of announcing a death by tolling the church bell is a very old one.
Anyone within earshot would listen for twice three strokes for a woman
and thrice-three strokes for a man, followed by a steady tolling of
the years of the person's age. On October 5th, before the service, three
strokes twice were rang; and, as Florence was in her 95th year at the
time of her death, the bell was rung that number of steady strokes on
the great bell at All Saints Episcopal Church.