She was a lifelong resident of Polk County. She attended Dripping Rock School in 1912. She was a member of Fairview Baptist Church and was a Sunday school teacher in her early years. She was a housewife and a loving mother. She helped make the family’s living by raising crops, canning food and packing honey. She was known for her award-winning quilts and was a member of the Red Cross in 1957. She also prepared Sunday dinner for all of her relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, William Lonas Merrell and Ellen Goforth Merrell; her husband, Elijah Hearse Rymer; son, Elijah Rymer; brother, Arthur Merrell; sisters: Mardena, Lillie, Laura and Vlema Merrell.
She is survived by her daughters: Johnnie Lou Wilcoxon, Mamie Lou Dunn, Eunice Jones; grandchildren: Wanda Brazier, Doris Cheatham, Willard Wilcoxon, Jeannette Dalton, Ken Wilcoxon, Johnny Dunn, Marcella True, Ronald, Steve, Chuck, Eric Jones, Joan Pack; great-grandchildren: Keith Cheatham, Lacey and Leigh Wilcoxon, Kent and Clay Dalton, Megann Wilcoxon, Grant and Josh Dunn, Kevin and Jeremy Bates, Jerry and Brad Jones, Amanda Ingram, Stephanie Jones, Kyle Pack, Katina Drummond, Bailey Jones; 13 great-great-grandchildren; several step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted at today, Nov. 29, 2010, 7:30 p.m. in the chapel of Higgins Funeral Home with the Rev. Bobby Green officiating.
Interment will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010, at the Fairview Baptist Church Cemetery with a white dove release ceremony concluding the service.
Her family will receive friends from today, Nov. 29, 2010, 5-7:30 p.m. at the funeral home prior to the service.
We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the Rymer family guestbook at www.higginsfuneral.com.