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Florence Eldridge Williams

WILLIAMS, FLORENCE ELDRIDGE, 97, of Louisville passed away Saturday, March 30 at the Sam Swope Center at the Masonic Home.

She was born September 20, 1915 in Henderson, KY, daughter of the late Warner and Harriet Burst Williams.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Stanley Williams, two brothers, C. Warner Williams and J. Rives Williams.

Florence graduated from Barret Manual Training High School in Henderson in 1931 and then attended the University of Kentucky. She graduated from Western Kentucky State Teachers College in 1940. Afterwards, Florence met the love of her life, Robert Stanley Williams, and married him on December 25, 1941. They moved to Louisville, and while Stanley built his law practice, Florence was a homemaker raising their two children. She was also involved in civic activities, such as working with the Okolona Women's Club to establish a Free Public Library. She helped to establish a library for the local Philatelic Society. After Stanley's death in 1962, Florence returned to Spalding College and received a certification as a high school librarian. She worked as librarian at Southern High School until her retirement in 1980 when she became involved in various church-affiliated organizations. She lived on her own caring for her house and garden until last Fall.

She is survived by her children, Buford "Bo" Williams (Rita) and Jane Rives Williams; grandchildren, Catherine Shelby Garrison (Trent), Margaret Emily Feeney (Kyle), Jill E. Clark, H. Lynn Ledford Jr. (Beth) and Daniel R. Ledford (Barbara); and seven great-grandchildren.

A special thank you to the staff at Marsh House, in the Sam Swope Care Center of the Masonic Home, who cared for her since last Fall, and to her longtime physician, Dr. Eric Hilgeford.

Visitation will be at Ratterman Funeral Home, 3711 Lexington Road, in St. Matthews on Wednesday, April 3, 2013, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. with a time for sharing remembrances of her life at 1 p.m. Burial will be at 2:30 p.m. at Evergreen Cemetery.

Memorial donations in Florence's memory may be made to the Disabled American Veterans or the Louisville Free Public Library.

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Ratterman Brothers - St. Matthews
3711 Lexington Road Louisville, KY 40207
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Published in The Courier-Journal from Apr. 2 to Apr. 3, 2013
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