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Obituary for Irma Jean Abner
On May1, Irma Jean Abner peacefully departed this world to be reunited with her heavenly Father after a long illness at the age of 83. She was born on January 20, 1937 to the late Emmons and Letitia Walton. She was married to Aaron Abner, Jr. for 58 years until his death in 2011. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by an infant son, Michael, one sister – Laveda Farthing, and two brothers, Glen Walton and Colietus Walton. She is survived by her beloved children – Debra Finlayson of McKinney, TX; Letrisia “Trish” (Randy) Turner of Irvine; Anthony Abner of Little Rock, AR; and Vicky (Don) Densmore of Mt. Sterling. She is also survived by her grandchildren – Buffy Turner of Richmond; Jeremy (Alexis) Turner of Richmond; Matthew (Kristie) Turner of Waco; Ashlee Turner of Richmond; Justyn (Kristina) Densmore of Mt. Sterling; Kristyn (Kevin) Densmore-Smith of Hazard; and Erin Finlayson of Mt. Sterling. She is also survived by 8 great-grandchildren (Hannah Turner, Greyson Turner, Darci Turner, Reid Turner, Maci Turner, Kaydence Densmore, Samuel Densmore, and Morgan Densmore) as well as one sister Laura (Ray) McIntosh and several nieces and nephews. Irma was known by many titles in her life, everything to “Mrs. Abner” to son-in-law, Don to “rocking Granny” by one of her great-grandbabies, but the title she loved most was that of Mother. She loved her children dearly and still spoke often of Michael, her lost son, even sixty years after his death. She loved the Lord, gospel, old tv shows, National Lampoons Christmas Vacation, and listening to the laughter of her children and grandchildren as they loudly played games at her kitchen table during the holidays. She was a hard worker who also loved to laugh and who was often a featured player in our family stories. There are probably still people who tell of the woman who somehow got dragged out of her car by the seat belt and nearly run over by her own vehicle as she attempted to deposit a letter in the mailbox. And the garage door of her old house in Texarkana, TX may never be the same after she clicked her seat belt button thinking it was the garage door remote and proceeded to drive right through it. She and seat belts did not get along very well, apparently. She loved to sing, she loved to cook (and sometimes ran her grandsons out of their own house when she cooked greens early in the morning), and she loved sitting out on her veranda with her children by her side. She missed her husband greatly and recently said that he had come to visit her and take her on a trip. Perhaps on May 1 she decided that it was time for the to go, and she took his hand once again. She will be missed and will always and forever be alive in our hearts and in the stories we remember and tell with laughter and love. Private services will be conducted. The Warren F. Toler Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.