Eunice P. Garner, the daughter of the late John Preston and Myrtle Agnes Harlan Edwards, was born in Gray Ridge on March 5, 1915, and died at the Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center in Poplar Bluff on Oct. 29, 2009, at the age of 94.
Mrs. Garner had lived in Grayridge and Bloomfield most of her life. She and her husband had owned and operated a blacksmith shop and a cafe in Grayridge for many years. After retirement she and her husband worked on a river barge as cooks and helpers. After the death of her husband she worked in the machine shop that was owned by her son, daughter and son-in-law wher she operated the punch press, welder and other machine shop machines. She enjoyed quilting and listening to gospel music. She was a member of the Grayridge General Baptist Church.
On Aug. 1, 1934, she was married to Hanford Theo Garner. He preceded her in death on January 16, 1987.
Surviving are one son, Bethel Garner of Bloomfield; two daughters, Joyce Wilson of Ashland City, Tenn., Yvonne Odom of Malden, 10 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; 17 great-great-grandchildren; three sisters, Mary Louese Murphy of San Antonio, Texas, Violet Myrtle Jones of Greenwood, Ind. and Beulah May Lape of Cape Girardeau. Other relatives and friends also survive. She was preceded in death by one son, Noble Leon Garner in 1998; one sister, Lois Marie Johnson; and three brothers, Paul R. Edwards, Estus Isaac Somers and Russell Wheeler Somers; one great-grandchild and one great-great-grandchild.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, Oct. 31, 2009, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Watkins & Sons Funeral Home in Dexter.
Funeral services will be held on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009, at 2 p.m. in the Watkins & Sons Chapel in Dexter with the Rev. Jonathan Rice of Malden officiating.
Interment will be in the Chalk Bluff Cemetery near Dexter with Watkins & Sons Funeral Service of Dexter in charge of arrangements.