MERRIFIELD, FLORENCE RIEGER, 91, of Shively, went to her home in heaven Saturday, March 15, 2014.
She was born March 7, 1923 to Leo and Martina Jochem Rieger.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 59 years, Charles "Red" Merrifield; her daughter, Martha Rose; and brother, Anthony Leo Rieger.
She graduated from Valley High School, and played 3 years on the first girls field hockey team. She entered Louisville College of Pharmacy as the only freshman girl and graduated with honors, and has kept her license up to date. Before she was married she was the proud owner of Rieger's Pharmacy that had a soda fountain and was located at the corner of Crums Lane and Dixie Highway in Shively. Later she was a stay at home mother, then worked for Walgreen Pharmacy for 25 years. She is a member of Kentucky Pharmacist Association and Jefferson County Academy of Pharmacy.
She was a member of VFW
Auxiliary, Post 1084 before World War II
, and was active in entertaining soldiers at St. Helens Commercial Club and the YMCA. She volunteered at Nichol's Hospital and the VA Hospital on Zorn Avenue.
She was a life member of Military Order of Purple Heart
and was past president of American Legion Auxiliary Post 220 and past president of Post 1048 and a member of VFW Auxiliary Post 5421. She has held offices on the local and state level and was Commander of DAV #6, Commander of State of Kentucky DAV three different times. Her national offices included National 4th Junior Vice Commander, 5th Marine Division Auxiliary and Iwo Jima Marine Association, past President of Legionette Kosair Shriners, member of Shriner Derby City Hillbilly Clan #3 and was honored to be a Kentucky Colonel in 1960, receiving numerous awards and citations over the years.
She lived life to the fullest encouraging all she met to rise to the occasion and make a difference for veterans and others with their life, for tomorrow may be too late. She enjoyed traveling with her husband and family and loved fishing, boating, and camping with her children and grandchildren on Lake Cumberland. Geneology and the history of ancestry was her hobby as well.
She was a former member of St. Helen's Catholic Church and currently was a faithful member of St. Louis Bertrand Church.
She is survived by four daughters, Ida Catherine Bell (Bill), Charlotte Tucker (Steve), Virginia Merrifield and Teresa Ann Osborne; (David); her son, Peter Merrifield; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Her Mass of Life Celebration will be Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. at. St Louis Bertrand Catholic Church 1104 S. Sixth Street with burial in Highland Memory Gardens. Visitation will be at Ratterman Grand Chapels 4832 Cane Run Road on Monday from 3-8 p.m. and Tuesday 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers please, her family requests memorials be sent to Mass of the Air.