Florence Eleanor Hamm was born November 9th, 1927, to Edward and Bertha (Hill) Hamm. She was saved and baptized at the age of 10 at the Durham Baptist Church. She attended school at Warren School, near Durham, and Hillsboro High School. Florence married Ira Riffel on May 6, 1945, at Durham Baptist Church. Florence and Ira lived on the home place of Isaac and Julia Riffel, and joined Ebenezer Baptist Church after getting married. Florence assisted Ira on the farm and loved driving tractors and hauling the harvest to the elevator. She also drove the school bus for Navarre and Chapman schools for 37 years. She taught scripture memory and Sunday School classes for many years as well. She enjoyed baking for the family, and her fried chicken, coconut cream pie, cinnamon and cherry rolls will forever be a delicious memory!
Together, Ira and Florence raised three children: Norma, Mary, and Rick. They were married for 45 years until his death in February 1990.
In 1995, Florence married Wilbur Hett and moved to Hillsboro at that time. Wilbur passed away in 2014, and Florence then moved to Parkside Apartments in Hillsboro. She remained there until her death and was visited often by family and friends.
Florence was preceded in death by her spouses Ira Riffel and Wilbur Hett, her parents, Edward and Bertha Hamm, and her siblings: Art, Eddie, Elsie (Lawrence), Elma (Klein), Dorothy (Foth), Ted, Delbert, and Duane.
Florence is survived by her three children: Norma Pschigoda (Von), Mary Riffel (Rod), and Rick Riffel (Kim); one brother, Marvin Hamm (Joyce); sisters-in-law Shirley Hamm and Carolyn Hamm; and best friend, LaNorma Kreutziger. She is also survived by eight grandchildren: Robin Webb (Mike), Stacey Tischhauser (Chad), Brennan Riffel (Becky), Megan Soeken (Brice), Mandy Kunkel (Kyle), Matt Riffel, Isaac Riffel (Ashleah), and Alexa Beebe (Brandon), and 23 great-grandchildren: Michaela and Caden Webb; Maddy, Branton, and Peyton Tischhauser; Chelsey Nichols (Ricky), Brett, Abby, and Gabe Riffel; Aubrie, Wesley, Kyra, and Riley Fuchs; Ella and Evie Soeken; Carson, Irie, and Georgia Kunkel; Raef, Reeslyn, and Raelyn Riffel; and Noah and Anna Beebe.
Anyone who knew Florence experienced the warm, caring, supportive, and strong woman that God made her to be. We are thankful for the amount of time we were given with her and are blessed with many loving memories.
Visitation will be held at the Yazel-Megli Funeral Home in Hillsboro, Kansas, on Friday, September 30, 2022, from 5 - 7 pm. The funeral service will be held at Ebenezer Baptist Church on Saturday, October 1, 2022, at 2 pm rural Abilene, Kansas, with the interment to follow at the Ebenezer Baptist cemetery. A time of fellowship will be held at the church following the burial. Memorial contributions in Florence’s name may be directed to Parkside Assisted Living, Hillsboro, Kansas or to Good Shepherd Hospice, 301 N. Main Ste. 300, Newton, Kansas. Please sign her online guestbook and leave a memory of Florence at www.yazelmeglifh.com. Yazel-Megli Funeral Home, Hillsboro, is serving the family.