April 1, 1928 ~ July 14, 2021

Born in: New Orleans, Louisiana
Resided in: Hawthorne, California

Floyd Theresa Sorapuru entered the loving arms of her Heavenly Father on July 14, 2021.  She was 93 years of age, born on April 1, 1928 in New Orleans, La.

She was the daughter of Ito Evan Jacks and Anna Leonie Favelin, the sister of Grace Marie Marine (Louis Herman Marine).

She was the loving wife of Elmo Maurice Sorapuru, Sr.  Together they celebrated their 75th Wedding Anniversary on June 24th of this year.

She was the mother of six children:  Saundra Ann Renard (Louis Joseph Renard), Elmo Maurice Sorapuru, Jr. (Beulah Gertrude Renard), Anne Marie Mathieu (Charles Joseph Mathieu), Steven Michael Sorapuru (Lori Marie Shindelus), Don Gerard Sorapuru (Amy Westlake), Pamela Rose Sorapuru (Toney John Lange; Sr, Edwin Rios).

She is the grandmother of 15, great grandmother of 24, and great-great grandmother of 5.

She and her husband were loyal parishioners of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Hawthorne, Ca. for 35 years.  During their marriage they resided in New Orleans, La., Los Angeles, Ca., Abita Springs, La., Hanford, Ca., and 35 years in Hawthorne, Ca.

She enjoyed family gatherings and vacationing with her three daughters, Saundra, Annie and Pamela calling it their Princess Getaway.  She enjoyed being entertained by her two youngest sons Don and Steve.  She kept a special place in her heart for her oldest son who she called Sonny Boy.  She loved cooking, watching the cooking shows on television and trying out new recipes.  Sending birthday cards to each family member with love gifts tucked inside was one of her many ways of saying to each of them “I love you”.  From her early years as a young mother, she devoted herself to her children and to her husband and continued to do so throughout the many years of her life.  She devoted herself to daily prayers for every member of her family. She was a sweet, kind, gentle and loving woman of God.  May she rest peacefully with her dear Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, forever resting in the loving arms of her Heavenly Father both now and forevermore.


Visitation: August 8, 2021 3:00 pm - August 8, 2021 5:00 pm

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  1. candle 7It was July 6, 1966 when I met “Mama Flo” for the first time. I immediately liked her. I was a guy dating her young daughter for the first time and, while she didn’t know me, she treated me cordially and I said something, which I now can’t recall, that made her laugh. What a nice smile. All through our early dating days, I felt she was “on my side” and made it easy for me to date Annie and our history shows she was right about me.
    I remember the nights I spent sitting on the sofa with Annie at the Sorapuru home listening to Billy Eckstine music and, as the evening approached midnight, she would call out from her room “ Good Night Mr Mathieu!”
    My cue to say goodnight.

    Flo knew how much I loved Okra Gumbo and made it for me for my birthday several times. She was an excellent cook and her okra gumbo, though a lot of work to cook, was beyond compare!

    I also have fond memories of taking Flo to the casino and seeing her get so much joy in even a small win. When she was at the casino, all of her aches and pains seemed to melt away and she was “free”! It gave me great joy to be able to take her there and spend that time with her.

    She was a 2nd Mom to me, taking me in as one of her own.
    It comforts me to know she’s no longer in any pain and she finally won the biggest jackpot of her life; home with Jesus!

  2. candle 3At an early age my mom taught me the importance of faith. She lived her faith out beautifully. Prayer was an important part of her daily life. She learned this from her mom. It’s a gift I’ll always cherish.

    I’m so thankful that my mom taught me well. When the storms of life toss me to and fro, I hold on to my faith. I pray earnestly as my mom taught me.

    Mom was a phenomenal cook. I learned from the best although my food never taste as good as hers. She also taught me how to sew. I enjoyed making new outfits with her especially when I was dating.

    My mom was truly an angel here on earth. She sacrificed so much for her family. She was a peacemaker. She never admitted her struggles because she didn’t want anyone to worry. I believe she suffered silently.

    Mom was very close to her sister, Grace and brother-in-law Louie. Visiting them was always lots of laughs, great food and fun sharing memories of New Orleans. The sisters spoke frequently and enjoyed sharing updates of family and friends.

    My mom had a few crazy friends in life. She adored them and appreciated their friendships. She was the quiet one and always had a listening ear for her funny, crazy loving friends. They made her laugh so much and this made her so happy.

    I’d like to thank my mom for her lovely relationship with my husband Charles. She approved of him since our first date. He cherished his time with her from day one. They loved each other well which made me proud.

    I miss you so much mom. There is a huge void in my life that no one will ever fill. I’m rejoicing that you finally made it to your heavenly home. Your reward is filled with no more suffering, no pain and just pure heavenly bliss with your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Mom, you’ll be forever in my heart and on my mind. Until I see you again, l’ll keep the faith you taught me.

  3. candle 3My sweet grandma Flo will always be loved and cherished. She is one of the sweetest, kindest and most humble person that I know. I will always cherish her sweet smile and warm hugs, her delicious home cooked meals and best of all her recipe for the best gumbo west of Louisiana! She never missed a birthday and a chance to send a card with a little green inside. She was truly an angel on Earth. I love you Grandma and promise to cherish all the wonderful memories made with you and keep your beautiful spirit alive.

    “When we lose someone we love we must learn not to live without them, but to live with the love they left behind.” – Anonymous

  4. candle 7Our deepest sympathies for your entire family. Our hearts go out to you all.
    Praying for memories that bring you laughter and peace. We love you all Steve and Angela Walsh

  5. What a beautiful light!!! She will be missed and I’m so glad I got a chance to be a shadow in her brightness… You guys made so many memories!!!…Enjoy each day as you revisit those memories.

    My deepest condolences…..peace and blessings to you all…

    Hugzzzz and much love,
    Ronee Martin

  6. My Wife And I.

    8-8-21 viewing of my wife’s body
    At 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m

    To my adorable wife Floydie
    I love her so very very much!!!
    Yes, I love her dearly, and
    I’ll always will !!!
    She was so very very special to me !!!
    She treated me just like a king, I treated her like a queen !!!

    I really do feel empty with out her.I know in my heart
    she will never die, my life
    go on knowing that she will
    be in my heart !!!

    You are home now in the ever lasting arms of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, God Our Heavenly
    Father, The Holy Spirit,
    and the Heavenly Host
    Angeles and Saints !!!
    Your husband Elmo!

  7. candle 7I just watched this video and read through the kind words. Tears are flowing for the joy and love you all had. She was the kindest and gentlest woman I ever knew. I have so many fond memories that will always be cherished. Will miss her dearly and look forward to seeing you all – God Bless

  8. Grace Jacks Marine says:
    To my lovely sister Floyd. One of the happiest days of my life was at the age of 5,
    God blessed me with a little sister. It warlike having a little baby dolt love and to
    call my own. She was always so easy to get along with. Now one of my saddest
    days is losing my adorable little sister. She is now safely in the arms of our
    Heavenly Father’s care. Love you, Your big sister , Grace

  9. candle 2Grace Jacks Marine says:
    To my lovely sister Floyd. One of the happiest days of my life was at the age of 5,
    God blessed me with a little sister. It was like having a little baby doll to love and to
    call my own. She was always so easy to get along with. Now one of my saddest
    days is losing my adorable little sister. She is now safely in the arms of our
    Heavenly Father’s care. Love you, Your big sister , Grace

  10. candle 2Donna Guesnon says:
    To My Nanny, This is the hardest thing I ever had to do. My Nanny
    was such a special person in my life, always sweet and kind and she
    loved her family so much. We had many of great times together.
    She is now spending time in Heaven with Jesus and our family
    that preceded her. Love You Nanny, Donna

  11. candle 2Louie Marine says:
    To my little sister, I moved across the street from Flo and Grace and
    their family when I was 10 years old. That was 88 years ago, in all
    that time , I never heard one harsh word between the girls.
    It must have been quite a reunion when Flo met her Dad again after
    90 years. As for the gift of Eternal Life, I believe God gave her that gift
    on the day she was born.
    One way to describe her, all her Life She Was A Living Doll. We will miss
    her very much. May God The Father, Jesus The Son, The Holy Spirit and
    Blessed Mary take Care of her forever and ever. Love You, Louie

  12. candle 5My memories of Floyd will always be what a kind and loving person she was , she would always greet you with a big smile and a warm hug. Our Lord has truly received a sweet angel I will always remember her as that Beautiful Angel . Rest In Peace in the arms of our Savior.

  13. candle 5My memories of Floyd are what a sweet and kind person she was , I will always remember that big smile and the warm hug’s you would get from her when she greeted you. Our Lord has truly received a sweet angel. A new angel has received her wings Rest In Peace with our Lord.

  14. Grandma was love, gentleness and faithfulness.

    She poured love into everything she did. She demonstrated love in action through her selflessness and service to her family. I loved to hear stories of her sewing clothes for her children, painting the house and moving the furniture around while the kids were at school. She took pride in keeping a cozy and comfortable home. Grandma expressed her love in many ways and her greatest was through her love language of food. If you went to visit her you had better not eaten beforehand or even if you did you had to save some room because she would surely start filling the coffee table with food the moment you sat down. Food was a way she showed her love. I am thankful for the time we had a cooking session with her and she showed us how to make gumbo. I took notes and wrote everything down but no pot of gumbo I eat will every compare to hers because it will be missing that key ingredient that only she had, a grandma’s love. I will miss her creole potato salad and the way she garnished it with a few olives on top.

    In addition to the immense love that she showed on word that many often used to describe her is gentle. The word gentle often confused in definition as weakness. Gentleness is in fact, power, under control. Grandma was gentle and had a quiet strength that I will always admire.
    Lastly, grandma was faithful. She honored God every day of her life. She was a prayer warrior. She had a personal relationship with Jesus and demonstrated her obedience to God. During one of my last few visits with grandma when she was still able to communicate, I asked her “grandma, what do you think about when we are not here visiting with you?” She said “I think about my family and I pray for all of you.” Even in the midst of her own pain and suffering she demonstrated faithfulness to God, her family and her prayer life.

    Grandma, you were an angel on earth and now you are with God for eternity. I will miss you more than you will ever know and I am comforted by knowing I will see you again in heaven. Thank you for teaching me how to love, how to be gentle and how to be faithful. I love you.

  15. candle 7I love you Aunt Floyd and am very sorry that you are not here any more. You and Uncle Elmo were quite the Team. God Bless You.

    Love always,

    Kim L. Sorapuru Williams

  16. candle 7I love you Aunt Floyd and am very sorry that you are not here any more. You and Uncle Elmo were quite the Team. God Bless You.

    Love always,

    Kim L. Sorapuru Williams
    (Aunt RoseMary’s Youngest Daughter)

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