Florence Lorraine Richmond

November 30th, 1923October 29th, 2019

     Florence Lorraine Richmond passed away peacefully with family at her side on October 29, 2019. She was born on November 30, 1923, South of Fredrick Colorado to Laveria Julia (Gardner) and Llewellyn Claude Richmond. She had one brother, Miles Erkenbek, and one sister, Dawn Bowling, both preceded her in death. She married Ray Wallace Richmond on June 9, 1942 in Portland, Oregon. The couple enjoyed 69 wonderful years of marriage before Ray’s passing. Three children were born of this union; Gloria Hornbeck, Jeanette Salyers and Llewellyn Richmond who produced 12 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, and 18 great-great-grandchildren. 

     Florence met the love of her life after graduating Kersey High School. She was in a watermelon patch just outside of town. She and her brother, Miles, had come to snag a few melons without asking the farmer. They were caught red handed and the farmer tried to run them off his farm. Her brother turned tail and left her standing in that patch. Ray came along at that point and saw her all alone; he swooped in and saved the day! The rest is history.

     Florence and Ray moved to Lafayette, CO in the late 1940s. They settled down to build a family but ended up also building strong friendships, strong neighborly bonds and, ultimately, helped build Lafayette into a great community.

     Florence was a lifetime member and past president of the Lafayette VFW Mile Auxiliary, Post 1771, Lafayette Senior Center, cub scouts leader, Lafayette Volunteer Firemen Auxiliary, and founder of the junior bowling league.  Florence enjoyed her family, the outdoors, fishing, camping, traveling throughout the United States, painting, needle point and working her family's genealogy history.


     A service in celebration of Florence’s life will be held at Rundus Funeral Home Chapel (1998 W. 10th Ave, Broomfield) on Saturday, November 9th, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. Following the service, an escorted procession will take Florence to her final resting place in Lafayette, Cemetery, Lafayette, CO.




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I will greatly miss my mother Florence Richmond, as she meant so much to me and my family. She was not only my mother but counselor, friend, Campfire Girls leader, encourager, cooking instructor, fellow traveler, home maintenance instructor, etc. I called every day and talked to her and really miss our conversations. I know she had a very strong Faith in God and Jesus Christ as we talked about it frequently. I wish all the remaining family the best and keep her memories and lessons going. Love you mom till we meet on the other side. Your daughter, Jeanett and her husband Dan Salyers, along with Mark & Mary Phelan, Chris % Shari Salyers, Pat & Cricket Salyers, Jeni & Steven Lawler.
Florence, you will be greatly missed. Thank you for letting me be part of your wonderful family for over 20 years. Condolences to the family, God bless you all.
Mom, I will miss you so much, Tuesdays will never be the same, our dates are etched in my thoughts and memories for ever. You taught us so much about life, love, friendship, being a good neighbor, but most of all to believe in ourselves. Thank you for being my Mom. Your loving son Lou