Mella Marie Ferrill Terry was called home to be with her Lord on Monday, July 31, 2017 at her home in Waco Texas.
Mella was born March 4, 1924, in Elm Mott Texas. She was the first of ten children born to Everett Lee and Nola Mae (Hurst) Ferrill. Mella was married to Wesley Abernathy (W.A.) Terry on April 19, 1941. They were blessed with three wonderful children Dixie Marie, Betty Ann, and Bobby Gene. Mella and Wesley celebrated more than 65 years of marriage until his death on January 29, 2007.
Mella and Wesley thoroughly enjoyed camping and fishing at the lake with family and friends. Mella and Wesley were avid deer hunters enjoying many seasons with lifelong friend W.R. (Bo) Bohannan. She also loved card playing with family and friends, Tuesday night ladies poker group, and bridge club at Hamilton House and Senior Citizens Center.
When not working with her husband in their business, W.A. Terry Co. Inc., she worked seasonally at the McLennan Community College Bookstore, Opal’s, and Massy’s Ladies Fine Fashions.
Mella and Wesley traveled extensively with their friends in the Karem Shrine Temple, where they were active members. Through the shrine, Mella was a member of the Daughters of the Nile, an organization focused on fundraising for the Shriners Hospitals.
Mella loved her family and was interested and involved in their activities as much as possible. Weekend card or domino nights at her home are very fond memories for all that participated. Mella (granny) was deeply loved and will be greatly missed by us all.
Mella was preceded in death by her loving husband, Wesley, their three children, Dixie, Betty, and Bobby; her parents Everett Lee and Nola Mae; and siblings Edna Lois, Mildred Lee (Sissy), Martis Wayne, Paul C., Everett Ray, Mac Alvin, Freddie Joe, and Ruby Mae.
Left to cherish her memory are her daughter-in-law, Dorothy Terry, grandchildren Gary Dees wife Stacy, Terry Staton wife Jessie, Wesley Staton, Kenneth Green wife Robin, Natalie Terry, and Allison Terry; four great grandchildren, Taylor Dees, Riley Dees, Kyle Green, and Lina Staton; brother John Tom (Johnny) and numerous nieces, and nephews.
A special thank you from the family to Dr. Stern, and his staff at the Fishpond Clinic for their kind and gentle care; Jackie Abercrombie long time friend and caretaker; and long time friend Shawn Smith.
Visitation is Sunday, August 6, from 6-8:00 pm, at Oak Crest Funeral Home, 4520 Bosque Blvd. Graveside service will be Monday August 7, 3:00pm at Oakwood Cemetery, 2124 S. 5th Street, Waco TX.
In lieu of flowers, the family has designated the American Cancer Society and Providence Hospice for memorials.