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Elizabeth Miller "Libby" Reutlinger

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Reutlinger, Elizabeth "Libby" Miller,

died at age 99 on July 27, 2017.

She was the daughter of the late Harold W. and Elizabeth H. Miller. She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Albert F. Reutlinger in 1998. A lifelong Louisville resident she was a graduate of Louisville Collegiate School and Smith College.

She married Albert in 1941. While he was away in the Pacific fighting with the 1st Marine Division, she volunteered as a nurse's aid taking care of wonded soldiers at Camp Breckenridge, KY. Also, during the war years she started selling sweaters from her parents house on Hill Road. Years later this venture (with the help of Kitty Harrison and Nancy Whitsett) became the Tweed and Tartan which was a successful ladies' store in St. Matthews. She was a lifelong learner auditing classes at Spalding University well into her 80's.

She was an avid gardener and proud conservationist. She enjoyed hiking, Elderhostel trips, skiing, cycling and travel. She was a true outdoor enthusiast. When at home she was busy with quilting, knitting, rug hooking, needlepointing and flower arranging. Earlier in her life she enjoyed many years of volunteerism through the Junior League of Louisville. In spite of her constant activity she always had time for her family.

She was a lifelong member of St. Francis in the Fields and St. John's Episcopal Church in Harbor Springs, Michigan where in later years she spent her summers. Other memberships include the Glenview Garden Club, Louisville Country Club and River Valley Club.

She is survived by daughters, Mary R. Mitchell (William), Elizabeth F. Reutlinger (David Goetze) and son, Barton H. Reutlinger, M.D. (Marchant); Grandchildren: Liza Perkins, Rider Wathen (Deborah), Becky Caldwell (Bix); Fox Ritchay (David), Whit Reutlinger (Courtney); Jessie Brown and Mary Brown and 15 great-grandchildren.

Many thanks to the entire staff of Symphony at Oaklawn for their excellent care and to Hosparus for their skill and care.

A private family burial is planned at Cave Hill Cemetery. Pearson's entrusted with the arrangements. There will be no visitation.

Expressions of condolences can be made to the Glenview Garden Club or any other charitable organization.
Published in The Courier-Journal from July 30 to Aug. 1, 2017
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