HOLDEN, W.Va. — Mary Elizabeth Rankin, 86, of Holden, passed away peacefully at home Sun., Jan. 19, 2014, following a brief illness.
Born Aug. 2, 1927, in Huntington, she was a daughter of the late Austin and Mamie Waiters. Also preceding her in death was her husband, Clarence Rankin; four sons: Robert, Clarence, Ralph and Tim; one daughter, Tara; one granddaughter, Elizabeth; one grandson, Michael; one great-granddaughter, Abygail; one brother, Coy; two brothers-in-law, Charles and Lawrence, and three sisters-in-law, Blonzetta, Virginia and Mary Alice.
Mrs. Rankin was a member of Sulphur Spring Missionary Baptist Church at Holden, where she served as an usher, and decorated the church for special services. In addition to raising her family of nine children, she helped raise three of her grandchildren. She had been a flower shop employee, and enjoyed working with flowers. She was also a former employee of Holden Hospital and First Christian Church.
Those left to cherish her memory are four daughters, Shirley Jones, who moved in with her and took care of her, Sydnor Magnolia (Mark) Davis, and Gloria Davis, all of Logan, and Teresa (James) Floyd of Holden; six grandchildren: Melinda Davis of Logan, Kenneth Hamlet of Huntington, Sara Hamlet of Holden, Curtis Floyd and Chrissy Davis of Logan, and Felicia (Garyc) Epperhart of Monaville; 13 great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild; two brothers-in-law, Henry Rankin of Pittsburg, Pa., and Bobby Rankin of Tucson, Arizona; one sister-in-law, Edith Hagler of Tucson, Ariz.; other extended family and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Sat., Jan. 25, at Sulphur Spring Missionary Baptist Church of Holden. The officiating minister will be Rev. Leroy Shaw. Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery at Pecks Mill.
Visitation will begin one hour prior to services Saturday at the church.
Pallbearers will be Garyc Epperhart, Brian Johnson, Curtis Floyd, Kenneth Hamlet, Mose Hamlet, and Mike Hamlet. Flowerbearers will be the grandchildren.
Pond Funeral Home of Aracoma is in charge of arrangements.