SHERMAN - Zerma Lea Atnip of Sherman died peacefully July 18, 2012 at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital surrounded by family.
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Zerma Lea, 92 years old, was born September 27, 1919 in Emmitt, Okla., the daughter of James and Florence Moseley. After graduating from Durant High School, she attended Southeastern Okla. State Univ. before moving to Sherman, Texas. She met the love of her life, Redellium L. Atnip,
while working for American Optical in the Commercial Building. Married January 26, 1943, Zerma Lea and Redellium celebrated their sixty-ninth wedding anniversary this year.
Zerma Lea retired from the Grayson County Tax office in 1982 and then went on to Grayson County College and earned her real estate license. She worked as a realtor in the family business, Atnip and Associates.
As a working wife and mother, Zerma Lea never let working stop her from serving as a scout leader, room mother for her children in school, or being active in her church with her family serving as a Sunday school teacher and choir member. She will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, and grandmother who cherished her family and faith above everything.
Zerma Lea is survived by her devoted husband, R. L. Atnip of Sherman; daughter, Kay (Tom) Carnes of Stuart, FL; son, Michael Atnip of Sherman; son Joe (Shanna) Atnip of McKinney; and grandchildren, Jim (Donna) Carnes of Sherman; Laura (Kris) Creeden of Claremont, FL; Chris (Jennifer) Carnes of Stuart, FL; and Conner Atnip of McKinney. She was also blessed with six great-grandchildren: Brandon & Katelyn Carnes of Sherman; Courtney & Collin Creeden of Clermont, FL; and Christopher & Kayla Carnes of Stuart, FL.
Visitation with family will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday, July 23 at Dannel Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held in the Chapel of First Baptist Church of Sherman at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 24. The Rev. Dr. Mike Lawson will officiate. Burial will follow at Cedarlawn Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to First Baptist Church's ""Encouragement Ministry"" which has played a major role in Zerma Lea's life during her final years.
Arrangements by Dannel Funeral Home, 302 S. Walnut St. Sherman. You may sign the online guest book at www.dannelfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Herald Democrat from July 22 to July 24, 2012