Betty Riehl

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Riehl, Betty "Mimi",

who was born on February 10, 1920, died on July 1, 2014, surrounded by family members. She was dearly loved by all her family, including especially her three children, nine grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren, all of whom will greatly miss her.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents, Freeman Lamar Robinson and Bess Robinson Theis, and by her loving husband of 53 years, John Riehl, Jr., who died in 1993.

Mimi was a graduate of the University of Louisville with a Master's Degree in Education and was a former school teacher in the Jefferson County Public Schools. She was an active member of the Louisville Bar Association Auxiliary, and a former member of St. Matthew's Woman's Club, Crescent Hill Woman's Club, River Road Country Club, the Association of the Louisville Orchestra, American Legion, and Harvey Browne Presbyterian Church.

Mimi was an avid fan of U of L basketball and football teams and attended their games for many years. She also loved travelling to Florida and Wisconsin with her family. She loved to dance, play bridge and cook. She hosted many Sunday evening dinners for her entire family and Holiday festivities, especially Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's day. She was affectionately known as "Mimi," "Mimi Bee," and "Mimi Bear" by all her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Her father Freeman Robinson, was an accomplished politician in the 1950s. He served as Jefferson County Commissioner, as a Kentucky State Senator from 1950-1954 and as the Kentucky Senate Minority Leader from 1952-1954. He distinguished himself as a strong Republican leader and was very well liked and admired by his colleagues.

Mimi's husband, John Riehl, Jr., was a graduate of the Jefferson School of Law (now the Louis Brandeis School of Law, University of Louisville) who practiced law in Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky for over 40 years. Prior to his retirement he worked for the Department of Labor, Division of the Special Fund for many years.

Mimi is survived by her three loving children, Mrs. Sandra (Sandy) R. Talbott (Ben J. Talbott, Jr.); Mr. John Stephen Riehl (Karen Perryman Riehl) and Mrs. Stacey R. Clements (James "Jay" W. Clements). She considered her family her greatest legacy. She is also survived by nine grandchildren, Dr. Betty Talbott Burton (Dr. Steve Burton); Elizabeth (Libby) Talbott Berryman (Kenneth Berryman); John Chenoweth Talbott (Jill Alaine Freibert Talbott); Ben Johnson Talbott, III (Lara Shostle Talbott); Sandra Talbott Butler (Marshall Warren Butler); Stephen Elliott Riehl; Dr. James (Bosco) M. Clements (Kristen Hofmeister Clements); Brittany Elaine Robinson Clements; and Kelly Eileen Riehl Clements. She also leaves fourteen great-grandchildren, James Foster Burton, Elizabeth Johnson Berryman, Stephanie Standiford Burton, Lauren Talbott Berryman, Natalie Talbott Burton, Alexandra Farnsley Talbott, John Marshall Talbott Butler, Hannah Marie Talbott, Gabriella Johnson Talbott, Charlie Farnsley-Robinson Butler, Robert Johnson (Jack) Talbott, Ben Johnson Talbott, IV, Sandra (Sandy) Marie Danforth Butler, and Alaina Chenoweth Talbott.

The visitation will be held at Pearson's 149 Breckenridge Lane, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Friday, July 11, to be followed at Pearson's by a funeral service at 12:00 noon Friday. The burial at Cave Hill Cemetery will immediately follow the funeral service.

Memorial gifts may be made to VIPS (Visually Impaired Pre-School Services www.vips.org) in honor of Alaina Chenoweth Talbott, Mimi's great-granddaughter, in lieu of flowers.





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Published in The Courier-Journal on July 10, 2014
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