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Life was clear-cut for Air Force veteran Harriet Lloyd

ST. PETERSBURG — Harriet Lloyd knew who she was and where she stood, and so did her friends. She was a product of her time, they said.

Ms. Lloyd, a retired lieutenant colonel in the Air Force, had no use for hippies or slackers or people who did not support the military. A nursing director at Tyndall Air Force Base, she enjoyed babies but held children to high standards.

In retirement, Ms. Lloyd enjoyed a lunch group with her friends, long walks by the water and stargazing from the top of Bayfront Towers. Outside her door, a wooden statue of Uncle Sam greeted visitors.

Ms. Lloyd, a woman who was married to the military, died March 17. She was 94.

"She was very definite in her opinion about things," said longtime friend June Tillett. "Basically, you accepted her as an authoritarian person."

In her dress, Ms. Lloyd favored proper over contemporary.

"She wasn't a joiner," said sister Mabel Easton, 92.

She grew up in Ohio, where she rode horseback around pristine lakes. She graduated from Florida Southern College and Charity Hospital School of Nursing. After joining the Army in 1944, she served in Germany during World War II and in Bermuda.

A marriage in her early 30s lasted just two years. "I don't know what split them up," Easton said.

Ms. Lloyd later served in Louisiana, then for years as a nursing director at Tyndall Air Force Base outside Panama City, her family said. She retired in 1965 and settled in St. Petersburg. She sewed for friends, attended First Presbyterian Church faithfully and took regular walks.

Ms. Lloyd looked forward to annual vacations, often with her sister. She rode a bus to the Pacific Coast, a train across Canada, and a plane to Europe. After moving to Bayfront Towers in 1985, she liked to take her friends to the 28th floor and show them the constellations.

Once a week, she polished silver at the Museum of Fine Arts.

Ms. Lloyd moved to Westminster Palms, a retirement community, five years ago. She continued her walks until breaking a hip several weeks ago.

After her death, relatives found discharge papers from the Air Force. The documents contained Ms. Lloyd's rank — lieutenant colonel — enlistment and retirement dates, and a list of honors for her wartime service in the United States and abroad, including the American Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal. For her length of service, she received the Air Force Longevity Service Award Ribbon.

Sally Simpson, a niece, never saw the medals and wasn't surprised her aunt never mentioned them.

"She never really presented herself that way," Simpson said.

Andrew Meacham can be reached at ameacham@sptimes.com or (727) 892-2248.

.Biography

Lt. Col. Harriet Lloyd (retired)

Born: April 30, 1915.

Died: March 17, 2010.

Survivors: Sister Mabel Easton; numerous cousins.

Life was clear-cut for Air Force veteran Harriet Lloyd 03/25/10 [Last modified: Thursday, March 25, 2010 6:21pm]
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