Florence Edna Homan

F, #127, b. 4 December 1909, d. 4 July 1933
Father*Thay Dewitt Homan Sr.1,2,3 b. 25 December 1881
Mother*Cora Lee Bell1,2,3 d. 3 April 1928
     Florence was born in Osage City, Osage County, Missouri, USA, on 4 December 1909.1,2,3 She was the daughter of Thay Dewitt Homan Sr. and Cora Lee Bell.1,2,3
     Florence Edna Homan was blue green tall.4
     Floyd Bible Herrell married Florence Edna Homan, daughter of Thay Dewitt Homan Sr. and Cora Lee Bell, in St Louis, St Louis County, Missouri, USA, on 18 October 1926.5,1,6,2,7,3

     Per Margie Seago, Florence's demeanor was the same as Dorothy Herrell.8

     Florence Herrell was listed as Floyd B Herrell's wife on the 1930 US Federal Census of Meramec Township, St Louis County, Missouri, enumerated 23 April 1930.9 Her age at her last birth date was listed as 20. She was born in Missouri. She was married and was 16 years old at the time of her first marriage. Her father was born in Missouri. Her mother was born in Missouri. She did not attend school or college after September 1, 1929. The family owned a radio set.9 She rented the property, it was worththe rent was $15. She did not live on a farm. She was able to read and write. She was able to speak English.9
     Per Margie Seago, Florence was a lovely sweet, kind, sensitive, and talented girl.10

     Card for Florence Edna Homan sent by Anna Sadler and Gus Sadler to Floyd Bible Herrell in July 1933.
Sumpathy Card for Florence Herrell

     Florence Herrell and Floyd Bible Herrell lived in Strasburg, Cass County, Missouri, USA, on 4 July 1933.2
     Florence died on 4 July 1933 at St Luke's Hospital, Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri, USA, at age 23. The cause of death was acute cardiac dilation. Floyd Bible Herrell provided the information on the death certificate.1,2,3 Her funeral was on 6 July 1933 at Union Church, Strasburg, Cass County, Missouri, USA.1
     The following item appeared The Pleasant Hill Times, Pleasant Hill, Missouri, USA, on 7 July 1933
End in St. Luke's Hospital for Mrs. Floyd B. Herrell

Mrs. Floyd B. Herrell, recently of Strasburg, where she, her husband and small son had lately been making their home with Mrs. Herrell's father, T. D. Homan, is dead. The end, due to heart trouble, came the evening of the Fourth of July in St. Luke's Hospital, Kansas City. In a last desperate battle to save the young woman's life she had been rushed from Strasburg to St. Luke's in the Hon ambulance on the preceding day. But it was in vain. She sank steadily; there was no hope. But the struggle was maintained until the last.

Funeral services for Mrs. Herrell, who was 24 years old, will be held this Friday afternoon in the Union Church at Strasburg. The minister in charge will be Mrs. Sophia Fritts of the Pleasant Hill Christian Church. Interment in Strasburg Cemetery.

In addition to her husband, a Missouri Pacific operator, recently unemployed, and her son, Mrs. Herrell, who was formerly Miss Florence Homan, is survived by her father, many years agent for the Missouri Pacific at Strasburg; by a brother, Thay, Jr., and a sister, Virginia, all of the home, as well as one other sister, Mrs. Dean Long, whose home is just north of Strasburg.

The death of Mrs. Herrell, young, beautiful, talented, has been the cause of widesprad sorrow in Strasburg and Strasburg vicinity. Her funeral today, following that of Mrs. Chas. Lyons yesterday, leaves Strasburg i shrouded in gloom.11

Florence Edna Homan was buried on 6 July 1933 in the Church Cemetery located in Strasburg, Cass County, Missouri, USA.1,2
     The following item appeared The Pleasant Hill Times, Pleasant Hill, Missouri, USA, on 14 July 1933

Funeral services for Mrs. Florence Homan Herrell, of Strasburg, whose death July 4 at St. Luke's, Kansas City, was reported in The Times last week, were held Friday afternoon at Strasburg. The minister was Mrs. Sophia Fritts, pastor of the Pleasant Hill Christian Church. The body was borne to the grave in Strasburg Cemetery by Phay McGlathery, Gerald Mote, Junior Seaton, Harold Purvis, Max Gibson and Murrell Voyles.

Lon Thompson led the singing during the course of the services, those singing with him being Mrs. John Hodges, Mrs. Gene Patrick, Mrs., Bland Clawson, Mrs. May Brierly, Will White and Perry Hodges. The flower girls were Miss Milea Seaton, Mrs. Marguerite Frazier, Miss Ella Edwin Souther, Miss Lorene Warner, Mrs. Lucy Seaton, Mrs. Tressa Mc-I Glathery, Mrs. Carus Mann, Miss o Elizabeth Souther.

Mrs. Herrell was a victim of heart disease, a trouble no doubt of long standing, but which had been acute but for some four weeks. She was removed from her home to the hospital on Monday, the 3d, but even then it was with little, if any, hope, and the family's fears were shortly confirmed. On the evening of July 4 Mrs. Herrell died. The body was brought to Pleasant Hill that night to the Hon undertaking rooms and here prepared for burial.

Born at Osage City, Mo., Dec. 4, 1909, and christened Florence Edna, Mrs. Herrell was the daughter of Thay D. and Cora Belle Homan (the latter of whom died April 3, 1928). That same December her parents located in Strasburg, where Mr. Homan became and still is the agent of the Missouri Pacific, and there Flor-ence was reared into lovely womanhood.

At Strasburg, Oct. 18, 1926, Miss Homan became the wife of Floyd B. Herrell, St. Louis, who, like the bride's father, is a telegraph operator and who, because of his profession, had come into contact with the Homan family. Young Mr. and Mrs. Herrell, following the fortunes of a young operator, had resided from time to time at New Haven, Gray Summit and Sherman, Mo., and Kilgore, Texas. Two years ago, however, they came to Strasburg and had since made their home in that town in the Homan establishment.

In addition to her husband and son, Billy Neale, aged 5, Mrs. Herrell is survived by her father, Thay D. Homan; by a devoted stepmother and a brother and two sisters-T. D. Homan, Jr., and Virginia Homan, of the home, and Mrs. Dean (Gertrude) Long, whose home is just north of Strasburg. These, it might well go without saying, are stricken to the hearts because of the going of one who had been so lovely, while a keen sense of loss also pervades the neighborhood. Death struck a shining mark when it fell upon Florence Herrell.

Oh. Spirit of Infinite Kindness And gentleness pawing all speech. Forgive, when we miss in our blindness. The comforting hand Thou dost reach. And though thou hast darkened the portal That leads where our vanished ones be, We lean on our faith in Thy goodness And leave them to silence-and Thee.3

     Mr and Mrs Holman wanted Bill to live with them after Florence died.12
Last Edited=13 June 2023

Child of Florence Edna Homan and Floyd Bible Herrell


  1. [S78] William Herrell (#128), "Bill Herrell's Genealogy Records (copy)" (New Haven, Missouri). Supplied by Mike Herrell - 1991 . Hereinafter cited as "Bill Herrell Records."
  2. [S466] Florence Herrell (#127), Death file no. 23070 (1933-Jul-04), http://www.sos.mo.gov/, Missouri State Archives, 600 W. Main, PO Box 1747, Jefferson City, Cole County, Missouri, USA, at . Hereinafter cited as Death Certificate.
  3. [S1840] Florence Herrell (#127) Florence Homan Herrell, The Pleasant Hill Times, Pleasant Hill, Missouri, July 14, 1933, page 6, column 1, www.newspapers.com, viewed at www.newspapers.com on June 13, 2023 (Document Source Number: 00127-1933-07-14-01) . Hereinafter cited as Pleasant Hill Times.
  4. [S259] Interview with Margie Seago (#443) (Ft Myers, Florida), by Sheila Altenbernd (#172), September 13, 2003 - September 14,2003. Sheila Sue Altenbernd (7461 River Bend Circle, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA, at). (Document Source Number: 00443-2003-09-13-01).
  5. [S100] Francis Anna Mae Reeder unknown date.
  6. [S239] Herrell Family, Sadler, Anna (#39) - Family Record (n.p.: n.pub., November 19, 1926); Presently in the possession of Sue Myers (#130), unknown location . Hereinafter cited as Family Record.
  7. [S794] Floyd Herrell and Florence Homan marriage, October 18, 1926, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah, USA. Viewed on Ancestry.com.
  8. [S3] Letter from Marian Louise Stoerkerto Sheila Sue Altenbernd August 30, 2003.
  9. [S456] Floyd Herrell household, 1930 U.S. Federal Census, St Louis, Missouri, population schedule, town of Meramec, enumeration district (ED) 95-93, supervisor's district (SD) 9, sheet 13B, dwelling 287, family 189, National Archives micropublication . Viewed at www.ancestry.com . Hereinafter cited as 1930 Census - Missouri - Meramec - Herrell.
  10. [S1834] Letter from Margie Seago (#443) (Ft Myers, Florida) to Sheila Altenbernd (#172) (7461 River Bend Circle, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA, at) 2003. (2023). (Document Source Number: 00443-2003-00-00-01).
  11. [S1841] Florence Herrell (#127) Florence Homan Herrell, The Pleasant Hill Times, Pleasant Hill, Missouri, July 7, 1933, page 1, column 4, www.newspapers.com, viewed at www.newspapers.com on June 13, 2023 (Document Source Number: 00127-1933-07-07-01) . Hereinafter cited as Pleasant Hill Times.
  12. [S33] Unknown document, unknown file name; Church registry in Horn, Lippe, Detmold, Germany; unknown film (Salt Lake City, Utah: Family History Center), Film 0582478.