Fleurette  Guilloz

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Fleurette Guilloz died on October 15, 2020 at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital at the age of 103. She was born in Southampton, NY to Camille and Charles on September 30, 1917. Fleurette was very athletic doing 220 pull ups when she was in high school. She was very disciplined, walking 6 miles a day, eating properly, especially having a piece of dark chocolate in the afternoon. Her favorite color was blue and she chose a blue dress when in 1933 she married Wilbur Miller (Pete}. In 1934, she gave birth to a daughter, Jacqueline. Fleurette grew up in a family devoted to gardening. Her father, a professional horticulturist, was educated in France and Germany and spoke 7 languages. Once coming to the United States he oversaw horticulture on large estates in West Chester and later the east end. He played the violin in a Southampton band performing in Agawam Park and for weddings and parties. Fleurette’s father developed a species of hydrangea that Henry F. DuPont admired and used on his estate in Southampton and later included in the gardens at Winterthur, near Wilmington, DE. On the death of Fleurette’s father, her mother took over the gardening business and eventually, Fleurette enthusiastically carried it into her generation. Through the years, Fleurette had many jobs. She was the first women who was hired by the Bukova Watch Co. in Sag Harbor, doing very intricate work on the watches. But at the age of 40, she finally was doing what she loved best. For the next 50+ years, she grew and sold flowers to all who came to her gardens. Everyone knew Fleurette. She was a kind and generous person who always was ready to mentor to both men and women who chose gardening as their profession. Fleurette has taught and worked with Rene Rojas, a young man from Mexico, and he has continued to take care of her gardens for the past 20 years. A quote from Audrey Hepburn is, “To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.” Fleurette was strong and always had faith and hope for the future. Fleurette wa a member of First Presbyterian Church of Southampton and sang in the choir for many years. She was also active in the community, holding workshops for the Southampton Garden Club, speaking at the Rogers Memorial Library, planting geraniums in the village flower boxes, creating flower arrangement for events at the Parrish Art Museum, parties, estates, the Meadow Club and the Shinnecock Golf Club. She also hosted many tours on her property, having been the first person to grow sunflowers in this area. Fleurette was featured in many books and publications and every September she would plan a trip, having traveled to Hawaii, Europe and many of the states during the years. In 2012 she publishes a family memoir, “Son Jardin” a reminiscence of her life in her garden of Son Jardin. Fleurette loved to entertain and was an excellent cook, baking bread, making wine and always trying new recipes. She chopped her own wood, did all the planting and was ready for a party. Her personality attracted many friends from all walks of life. When Fleurette turned 100, one of her presents included a Proclamation from the Town Of Southampton designating September 30 as “Fleurette Guilloz Day.” Her family is thankful for the care she has received through the years especially from Gloria Smith and Lila Yeboah. Many others have also contributed to her care bringing food, flowers and friendship. Fleurette was predeceased by her parents, her brothers, Henry and wife Dimara, Charles and wife Pauline, Wilbur Miller her first husband and her second husband, Nils Olson. After Nils death, she legally took back her maiden name for business purposes. In 1953 Jackie married Douglas Maxwell and had three children, Cathy, Doug and Davie. She is survived by Jackie, of Vancouver, WA, Cathy and her husband, Phillip, of Lynnwood, WA, and her children Elizabeth Alm of Seattle, WA and Zachary Alm. Doug and his wife Betty of Diamondhead, MS and son Jason of Chattanooga, TN, Davie and Terri of Vancouver, WA and son Jeffrey and his family of Ridgefield, WA. She is also survived by Debbie and Chuck Guilloz {nephew} and {great nephew} Charles, Nicole Cassidy and daughter, Camille and {great nephew} Gregory, of Southampton, NY. Also Cheryl and Gerard “Jed” {nephew}, of Uniontown, OH, daughter, Brooke {great niece} and her husband Todd Theriot, of Castle Rock, Co. Fleurette will always be remembered for her generous spirit, loving her family, friends, and her work. She always strived to be her best. “I’ve had a happy life,” she said “I’ve met wonderful people and have wonderful friends and family. I couldn’t ask for anything more. Memorial Donations may be made to Heart of the Hamptons, Peconic Land Trust and First Presbyterian Church.
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Live Stream of Service: Saturday, October 24th 2pm