Florence (Flo) Cary Mueller was born on May 23, 1929 in Columbia, Missouri to Orville and Ruth McNatt. She was the eldest of eight children. She died on her 93rd birthday, May 23, 2022, at her home in Colombia from health complications following a fall.
Flo graduated from Hickman High School and later attended college at the University of Missouri-Columbia to pursue personal interests such as art history. She married D. Keith Mueller and had two children, Henry Rollo Mueller II (Hank) and Florence Michelle Griffitts. She worked for the Missouri Department of Health for many years in the 1980s and 1990s, first at the Missouri Cancer Registry and later as Administrative Assistant to the Director of the Division of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. During this time, at around the age of 60, Flo also learned to drive and bought her first and only car, a bright red Mazda! In 1998 she retired.
Loved by her family and friends, she will be remembered for her positive and loving nature, her many kindnesses, the sparkle in her eyes, her playful sense of humor and her strong work ethic. Flo had a special place in her heart for children, whom she called her “rays of sunshine”. She would often make treat bags for them on special occasions. Flo was a voracious reader and also made time for other hobbies such as knitting, stamping, and making cards. She stayed active by walking her dog Angel daily, often accompanied by her “other daughter”, longtime good friend Debbie Smith.
Survivors include four siblings, Patricia Haston of Higginsville, MO, Fred McNatt (Anne) of Rudy, AR, Phyllis Pettit and Carolyn Whitney of Columbia, MO; daughter-in-law Rebecca Mueller of St. Louis, MO; two grandchildren, Erich Mueller and Katherine Mueller of St. Louis, MO; and her beloved dog Angel. Flo was preceded in death by her parents, two children, three siblings, Jane Rosenstangle, Weston McNatt and Barney E. McNatt, and two grandchildren, Keith Dale and Wilbur Van Griffitts.
A memorial service will be held on June 25 at 11:00 am at Calvary Episcopal Church, 123 South Ninth Street, Columbia, MO. Commemorative gifts can be sent to Columbia Second Chance (animal rescue), PO Box 10186, Columbia, MO; the American Diabetes Association, diabetes.org or (800) 342-2383; or Calvary Episcopal Church at the address provided or online at www.calvaryonninth.org.