Lillie Myrtle Gromer, the daughter of the late John H. Ritchie and Francis Consoliar Barber Ritchie, was born in Hartman, Ark., on April 30, 1928, and died at Missouri Southern Healthcare in Dexter on Thursday, March 8, 2007, at the age of 78.
Mrs. Gromer had moved to Missouri in 1944, lived in Essex from 1969 until she moved to Dexter. She was a homemaker and a member of the First United Pentecostal Church in Dexter. She was a wonderful and loving mom and grandmother and will be missed by family and friends.
On Feb. 23, 1946, she was married to Howard E. Gromer. He preceded her in death on Nov. 24, 1993.
Surviving are one son, Bill H. Gromer of Van Buren; three daughters, Betty J. Lewis of Campbell, Cathy R. Nugent of Mongtomery, La., and Lisa D. Delrie of Dry Prong, La.; nine grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; two brothers, Ronnie Ritchie of Marshall and Larry Ritchie of South Carolina; three sisters, Velma Fields, Mary Albers, and Brenda Bunnell, all of Grayling, Mich.
She was preceded in death by one son, Mackie "Randy" Gromer on July 21, 2006; and four grandchildren.
Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. Friday, March 9, 2007, at the Watkins & Sons Funeral Home in Dexter.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 10, 2007, at the Watkins & Sons Chapel in Dexter with the Rev. Joseph Geuin of Dexter and Bro. Chris Dixon of Corning, Ark., officiating.
Interment will follow in the Essex Cemetery with Watkins & Sons Funeral Home of Dexter in charge of arrangments.