Floral May Sullivan Merica was my maternal grandfather’s cousin, therefore my first cousin twice removed.
She was the third of five daughters born to William and Laura Jollett Sullivan.
Growing up, I always thought it ironic that Laura had a lovely and refined name but she had selected the most old-fashioned old-lady names for her own girls: Minnie, Pearl, Floral, Leota, and Elta. On reflection, those were probably cutting edge names in their day while “Laura” had assumed the title of “old fashioned.”
They must have been a fun bunch, judging by the number of photos my grandfather and his sisters had from their younger days spent with their cousins.
While there seemed to be lots of men calling at the Sullivan house, Floral did not marry until late in life. She completed four years of high school and achieved success as an assistant cashier and later THE cashier for the local bank in Shenandoah, Virginia.
Sometime between 1940 and 1954, Floral married Cletus Homer Merica (now THAT’s a name!). Those dates are based on the 1940 census when she was single and living at home and a 1954 city directory for Alexandria, Virginia, in which she appears as “Floral S. Merica” alongside Cletus H.
|Left to right: Floral Sullivan Merica, Lucille Rucker Davis (Grandma),|
Pearl Sullivan Strole, Leota Sullivan Racey, Elta Sullivan Farrar
There were no children, and Floral outlived her husband. She died in a nursing home in Chesapeake. My guess is that this was most convenient for her only living sister and survivor, Elta Sullivan Farrar.
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