Erie Willis Melder Strother

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Erie Willis Melder Strother

April 18, 1918 - January 23, 2013

Funeral services for Mrs. Erie Willis Melder Strother will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 27, 2013 in the Rush Chapel, Oakdale with Reverend Greg Willis officiating. Interment will follow in Oakdale Cemetery under the direction of Rush Funeral Home, Oakdale.

Mrs. Strother, 94, of Oakdale entered eternal rest on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 in Allen Oaks Nursing Home, Oakdale.

Erie loved being around people and doing what she could to make life easier, in whatever way she could. This was evident by how much she enjoyed her work as a Pink Lady at the Oakdale Hospital and as a volunteer with her church.

She was preceded in death by her husbands - Floyd Leroy Melder, Sr. and Steward Iverson Strother; two sons - Floyd Leroy Melder, Jr. and Marshall Elmo Melder; her parents - Sim Willis and Luvenia Perkins Willis; five sisters - Ardellia Willis Jordan, Epsy Willis, Lena Willis Markle, Evie Willis Lester and Purney Willis Vanderbilt and three brothers - Alvis Willis, Edgar Willis and Roy Willis.

Those left to mourn her loss and cherish her memory include two sons - Richard Lee Melder and his wife, Rene of Eunice and Jimmy Clyde Melder and his wife, Kathy of Elizabeth; two daughters - Dorothy Melder Ross of Ragley and Cecelia Melder Tauzin and her husband, David of Port Allen; three brothers - Ruiel Willis of Baton Rouge, Wilmer Willis of Richland, Washington and Claude Willis of Wichita, Kansas; fourteen grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren.

Friends may call at Rush Funeral Home, Oakdale on Saturday, January 26, 2013 from 11:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. and on Sunday, January 27, 2013 from 8:00 a.m. until time of services at 2:00 p.m.

Friends may post online messages of condolence for the Strother family by visiting www.rushfh.com

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Published in The Town Talk on Jan. 25, 2013
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