Florence A. Miravalle Leavy, a community volunteer in St. Louis and retired president of the Clayton Club for Women, died Sunday (Dec. 14, 2003) at Town and Country Healthcare Center of complications from a stroke. She was 87 and lived in Town and Country.
Born in St. Louis, Florence Miravalle was a descendant of the Niedringhaus family that founded Granite City Steel and the old National Enameling and Stamping Co. The latter produced the granite cookware that gave Granite City its name.
Mrs. Leavy was also a descendant of the Hussmann family, founders of Hussmann Refrigeration in St. Louis, a manufacturer of commercial refrigeration units.
Mrs. Leavy attended what is now Fontbonne University for two years before she married Robert R. Leavy in 1937.
While raising their two children, Mrs. Leavy dedicated her time to projects such as the Girl Scouts of America toy drive and the Parent Teacher Association at Pershing School and the old Hanley Junior High School in University City.
Mrs. Leavy also became involved in St. Louis hospitals, volunteering in a scholarship program for nursing students. She later served as a board president of the Friends of the St. Louis Municipal School of Nursing.
Mrs. Leavy formerly served as a president of the Clayton Club for Women, a philanthropic organization. She was a member of the St. Louis Junior League and a longtime member of Grace United Methodist Church in St. Louis.
Her husband of 63 years died in 2000.
--St. Louis Post-Dispatch; 17 Dec 2003
Robert Rogers Leavy
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