Florence Reid Leslie Lovett


Florence Reid Leslie Lovett, 88, died peacefully in Ashland, Kentucky on July 17, 2022, following a brief illness.

Florence was born in Ironton, Ohio on February 11, 1934, to Samuel Thurman Leslie and Jeanette “Janie” Cole Leslie of Greenup, Kentucky, who owned Leslie’s Drug Store and predeceased her. A 1952 graduate of Ashland High School, Florence studied at Centre College and the University of Kentucky and completed her education at the Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, Florida in 1956. Leaving the South for New York City, she lived in Manhattan until the mid-1980s. Florence worked for Mademoiselle Magazine for many years as an illustrator and art production manager.


In 1971, Florence married William H. Lovett, a stockbroker, and they lived in New York before he passed away in 1982. Following some years in Atlanta and in Lexington, Florence moved home to Greenup to care for her late mother and to enjoy her friends, family, and painting hobby. She was an accomplished artist, excelling at still life photograpghy and portraits, and her work was exhibited throughout the tri-state area. She was a lifelong member of the Greenup First United Methodist Church.

Florence will be deeply missed by her brother Bill Leslie (Nancy) of Atlanta; niece Elizabeth Leslie Bagley of Atlanta; nephews Will Leslie (Katherine) of Ninety-Six, SC, and Sam Leslie (Melissa); five great-nieces and great-nephews; and many cousins. Special thanks from the family go to Becky Hurst Baker and Jimmy Baker of Greenup and to Susie Woods Templeton (cousin) of Lexington for the extra care and love they provided to Florence in her last years.

Funeral services will be conducted at 12:00 pm on Monday, July 25, 2022, at the Greenup First United Methodist Church by Pastor Nancy Preston. The service will be live streamed on Face Book at Greenup First United Methodist Church Kentucky. Burial will be in the Riverview Cemetery in Greenup.

Visitation will be from 11:00 am until service time on Monday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to Greenup First United Methodist Church, 607 Main Street, Greenup, KY 41144 or online at https://www.greenupfirstumc.com/. Reed Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements. Condolences may be made at https://www.rlrfuneralhome.com

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