Hoffmeister Colonial Mortuary

6464 Chippewa Street, St. Louis, MO


Florence B. Jeffries

May 22, 1930August 10, 2019

Florence Belle Jeffries (nee' Wilkison) entered into rest on Saturday, August 10, 2019.

Florence was the beloved daughter of the late Cecil and Isabel Wilkison of Saint Louis; adored mother of Irma Perry of Saint Louis and Sharon (Melvyn) Smith of Saint Louis county; dear sister of Irma (Richard) Mertens of Warrenton Missouri and Lawrence "Rip" (Ann) Wilkison of Sacramento California; cherished by her grandchildren, Kimberly (Kevin), Justin (Terry), Matthew, David (Michelle), Neil, and Philip; great-grandchildren Ryan, Sarah, Alonna, Gavin, Kayla, Lindsay, and Dawn; great-great grandmother to Owen and Harrison; dear aunt to Anita, Jack, Suzie, Charlene, Janice, Michael, and Laura (Mertens) and all of the extended Mertens family; beloved by the wonderful staff at Bethesda Southgate on Poppy Lane, and a true friend to all.

Florence was an avid St. Louis Cardinal fan, loved playing cards, working puzzle books, and reading. She loved watching the old classic movies and going out to eat. She had a great sense of humor, a very big heart, and was a great listener. She will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her, and will be forever in our hearts.

Visitation will be Tuesday, August 13 from 4-8pm at Hoffmeister Colonial Mortuary, 6464 Chippewa Street 63109. A Celebration of Florence's Life will be Wednesday, August 14 at 10:30am at the funeral home. Interment will be at 1pm at Mount Hope Cemetery, 1215 Lemay Ferry Road 63125.

If desired, contributions to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in Florence's memory are greatly appreciated.

Please leave a favorite memory of Florence for her family to cherish a the "Add a Memory" link below.


  • Visitation Tuesday, August 13, 2019
  • A Celebration of Florence's Life Wednesday, August 14, 2019
  • Committal Service Wednesday, August 14, 2019


Florence B. Jeffries

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Irma Perry

August 14, 2019

Dear mama,
I want you to know how proud I am to have you as a mother. You are the true definition of what love is. You are the strongest . smartest. wisest most caring person I know. You brought joy to many & they all loved You. As we lay you to rest. I want to thank you for always giving me you support in in my decisions.Even when I fell on my face. You would pick me right back up.  You truly are a amazing mother. I will always cherish out time together. As I shed my tears for my lost. I am also shedding them for the joy of you going home & never having pain or sorrow.
Good bye my sweet beautiful mama. You will always be in my heart till I see you again .
Love you mama

Laura Mertens

August 13, 2019

I have many good memories of my dear Aunt Florence. I loved the way she found humor in so many things in spite of not having the easiest life. I will always remember the times I took my mom to meet her sister for lunch or when Sharon brought her out to Mom's. She fully enjoyed eating good food and having someone to wait on her. Those beady eyes would just snap and sparkle as she ate with a big smile on her face.
I once went to a Cardinals game with her, Uncle B, and Ann. Aunt Florence loved her St. Louis Cardinals and seeing her enjoying the game at the ballpark is a memory I will always cherish.
She could be like a child in many ways and that just made it all the easier to love her.
I look forward to the day I see my sweet Aunt Flo again.

Sharon Smith

August 12, 2019

Sweet Mama: There are never enough words to express the love I have always had for you. You, Irma Jean and I have a bind that could never be broken. The love you showed all of the family was so genuine and they loved spoiling you so much. Your quirky little smile, those beautiful eyes that sparkled or seemed to turn dark when you were angry, always fascinated me. I will carry loving memories of you always in my heart. Your Loving Daughter.

Janice Holt

August 12, 2019

I will always remember my favorite aunt as having an amazing laugh and a beautiful smile. She was always fun to be around and had so many interesting stories to share about her and mom's childhood. A truly great woman who will never be forgotten. Love you Aunt Flo!! Rest in God's loving arms.
Janice Mertens Holt

Suzette Prawl

August 11, 2019

I am saddened to here of my Aunt Florence’s passing. My first memory of her was when she came out to stay with our family on Treasure Island (San Francisco Bay, Ca) to help out my parents when my mother had my siblings; twins, Bonnie and Billy, in June of 1971. I was three years old. I also remember playing with her grandchildren, Kimberley and Justin in St. Louis. We would go to Missouri every summer to visit cousins, aunts and uncles. I’m sad that because we lived so far away, my siblings and I didn’t really get to be real close to our extended family. But we do have cherished memories of our Wilkison family♥️. Irma and Sharon and family, my condolences to you for this loss.
RIP Aunt Florence.🕊

David deClue

August 11, 2019

She had the two of the best daughters on earth and Heaven knows neither of you should ever feel as if you didn’t do enough. Grieve for now and believe it or not, one day when you think of her there will be a loving smile on your face instead of tears in your eyes. God bless you both!

Love, David