86 years as a vowed member of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ
She made her first profession on August 6, 1934 and her final vows on August 10, 1939.
Sister Florentia was born in Schoenchen, Kansas, to Clement and Anna Riebel. She received her certificate in nursing and physical therapy from the state of New Mexico in Santa Fe. She also was certified in physical therapy by Northwestern University in Chicago. She also was trained in prosthetics, clinical prosthetics, below-knee amputations and polio care.
Sister Florentia served as nurse supervisor at St. Mary’s Hospital in Enid, Oklahoma, and at Artesia Memorial Hospital in Artesia, New Mexico. She ministered as a physical therapist at St. Francis Hospital in Carlsbad, New Mexico, and in the Enid public schools. She later returned to St. Mary’s in Enid as a physical therapist, also serving there in public relations, as a home health physical therapist, emergency room nurse and a visitor to shut-ins.
Before retiring to the Wichita Center, Sister Florentia spent another 16 years at St. Mary’s Hospital in Enid as a volunteer.