Florence H. Colby, 99, a longtime Milford resident, wife of the late William E. Colby, died November 18, 2013.

Daughter of the late Minnie and Eugene Hoornbeck, she was born June 3, 1914 in Pasadena, California.

Mrs. Colby earned her bachelor’s degree at SUNY Albany in 1936; she later completed a master’s degree at University of Bridgeport. Her long career in secondary education included teaching math and serving as guidance counselor at Milford High School and Foran High School, retiring from the latter in 1985.

Mrs. Colby and her husband were avid travelers, exploring Europe, Asia and Africa. She was a keen gardener and the devoted owner, trainer and friend to a long succession of Sheltie dogs. She worked as a volunteer in Milford Hospital’s gift shop for several years.

She was predeceased by her husband and her one sibling, sister Theodora Farrell.

She is survived by nieces and nephews.

A private memorial service is planned.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Milford Animal Shelter.