Marie Ervin

Friday, May 22, 2009

M. Marie Ervin, 87, of Jackson died Thursday, May 21, 2009, at her daughter's home in Jackson.

She was born Dec. 14, 1921, near Parma, Mo., daughter of Sayle and Oma Triplett Moore. She and H. Wilburn Ervin were married Nov. 12, 1938, in Vanduser, Mo. He preceded her in death Dec. 25, 1963.

Marie was a member of West Side Church of God, where she taught Sunday school more than 20 years. She worked at Ralph Edwards Sportswear four years and for a local silversmith four years. She was co-owner of Nell and Marie's Sewing, Alterations and Gift Shop, and later worked for and retired from Hecht's clothing store, where she was a seamstress 20 years.

Marie could say her ABCs backwards faster than most people could say them forward. She loved to go antiquing and yard saling. Marie loved to travel and had been to Mexico, Canada, Hawaii and many other states.

Many times I heard her say, "I have been as far north, south, and east as you can go in the United States." Marie loved to collect several different kinds of dishes and thimbles. Her favorite pastime was working in her yard and flowers.

Survivors include six sons, Lawrence Ervin of Benton, Mo., Louie Ervin of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, John Ervin of Anderson, Mo., and James, Loyd and Joe Ervin of Cape Girardeau; three daughters, Irene Spinner of Cape Girardeau, Lorene Burford of Scott City, Loretta Brown of Jackson; two brothers, Norman and Wayne Moore of Bloomfield, Mo.; 20 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; a daughter, Janetta Sachse; a brother, Orbin Moore; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home.

The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home, with Christopher Ervin officiating. Burial will be in Cape County Memorial Park.

Memorials may be made to Alzheimer's Association, 9374 Olive Street Road, St. Louis, MO 63132-3214, or Leukemia Research Foundation, 899 Skokie Blvd., Northbrook, IL 60062.

Online condolences may be made at www.fordandsonsfuneralhome.com.