Margaret Ray Mercer Gavin
Funeral Date: 11/25/2014

Margaret Ray Mercer Gavin, age 86, of Rye, AR, died Sunday November 23, at Chapel Woods Nursing Center in Warren, AR. She was born to Willie Ray Mercer and Claudia Merle Tooke Mercer in their home in Rye, AR on July 31, 1928. She attended elementary school at the Baggett School in Rye and when it closed she attended and graduated from Woodlawn Public School. At age 16 she broke her back and right leg when a tree fell from a strong wind. She was in a body cast for a year at UAMS Hospital. Her leg was severely damaged and she was treated with some of the first penicillin in our state when it was poured directly into the wound. Her case is documented in the AR Medical Record book as a successful treatment with penicillin. After graduation she attended A&M College in Monticello until she married Loyd Collins Gavin at Enon Baptist Church in Rye on January 31, 1948. Her first job was at Bradley Lumber Company as a clerk in the bookkeeping department. She had her firstborn child the night of the 1949 tornado in Warren. She enjoyed being a housewife and mother as well as helping with the family farm including raising poultry, cattle, cotton and tomatoes. In 1973, at age 45, she returned to UAM and received her R.N. degree in 1975. She was an inspiration and touched many lives while working as Director of Nursing at a number of nursing homes in southeast AR and through her work with the Dept. of Health as a Home Health Personal Care Coordinator. She retired with the AR Dept. of Health at age 69. She was a lifelong member of Union United Methodist Church in Rye where in years past she worked with the youth at UMY (United Methodist Youth), taught youth Sunday School and was a member of UMW (United Methodist Women). She also held offices in the Woodlawn School PTA and was an Eastern Star member. She was preceded in death by her husband and parents. She is survived by her children Gaylia King of Little Rock, Rayburn (Angela) Gavin, John "Jackie" (Sandy) Gavin and Alicia (Dan) Outlaw as well as a son by heart Earl (Patty) Wells of Jackson, TN along with 7 grandchildren by birth, 2 by heart and 5 great grandchildren. Her grandchildren and great grandchildren were the joy of her life and gave her countless hours of laughter and happiness. She enjoyed traveling with friends on bus tours and trips. Margaret was in the last stages of Parkinsons and Alzheimers and left this world surrounded by her children. Graveside services were 3:30 p.m. Tuesday November 25, Union Cemetery at Rye, AR with Ricky Mercer and Maurice Caldwell officiating. Soloist was Josh Bazar. Arrangements were by Frazerís Funeral Home. Active pallbearers were Earl Wells, Weston Gavin, Dan Outlaw, Jimmy Tooke, Joey Mercer, Jimmy Pierce and Rob Outlaw. Memorials preferred Union United Methodist Church at Rye.



Name: Tammy Hensley

Name: Bob & Laverne Laster
Message: Prayers for the family

Name: Andy Cheramie
Message: Alicia, Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. With Love, The Bradley County Health Unit

Name: Heather and Randall Baker
Message: Our thoughts and prayers are with your familiy. She will be greatly missed.

Name: Carolyn Taylor-Scroggins
Message: Gaylia, and family, Loved your mom so much. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

Name: Betty Sue Bradley/Russell
Message: Rayburn and family, I am so sorry to hear about your Mom. She was a great lady. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Name: Sue Hutton
Message: Alicia and Kaytlin, My prayers and deepest sympathy are with you and the family during this difficult time.

Name: Jennifer Adair Clark
Message: Alicia and family, You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Love to all.

Name: Bill & Connie Detmers
Message: Alicia, We are so sorry to hear of your mother's death. You are in our thoughts and prayers. I'll talk to you after things settle down a bit. If you need anything you know you can always call. Bill & ConniE

Name: Bill & Connie Detmers
Message: Alicia, We are so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. We know how hard this has been on you. We are praying for you. Tell Rob we are thinking of him too. If you need anything you know you can always call, We love you. Bill & Connie

Name: James Wright
Message: Sending prayers with heartfelt sympathy

Name: Robbie Thompson-McKinney
Message: Gaylia, you and your family are in our prayers. May your faith provide comfort during this difficult time.

Name: Bobby Mercer
Message: Gaylia, Rayburn, Jackie and Alicia. You're in our prayers in this time of sorrow. Margaret was always sweet to us growing up. God Bless.

Name: Donna Craig McDougald
Message: Sending love and prayers to the family of Mrs. Margaret. She was such a dear sweet lady that touched many lives. We are all a better person by knowing her,. May God be with you in your time of sorrow.

Name: James Meeks
Message: John, so sorry for your loss, you will be in my prayers

Name: Brenda Reynolds
Message: What a legacy! Remembering all of you in my prayers.

Name: Mary Helen Tillman
Message: Alicia and family. Sorry for your loss. You are in my prayers.

Name: Jerry & Clara Carter
Message: John and Gavin family, May the God of all comfort give you the peace of knowing that your mother is at rest. You have our love & prayers.

Name: French and Judy Wynne
Message: Our prayers are with you.

Name: Sam & Brenda Mercer
Message: A great Lady who will be missed. we love you all and are praying for all of you.

Name: Suzette Russell
Message: Thinking of you & yours during this very difficult time. Eddy Don & Suzette Russell & Sue Woodard

Name: Lea Ann Forrest

Name: Cecilia Roark
Message: So sorry to learn of her passing. My prayers are with you in this time of loss.