HUNTSVILLE—Funeral services for Mary Nell Worley Cherry, 86, were held Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011, at First Baptist Church in New Waverly w it h Dr. John D. Andrews officiating and Rev. Mark Wood- ward assisting. Burial followed at Hill Cem- etery in New Waverly.
Mrs. Cherry died suddenly on Saturday, Oct. 22, at her home in New Waverly.
She was born Nov. 4, 1924, to Frank W. and Freda Worley in Rockdale.
She grew up on the family farm in the San Gabriel community. Mrs. Cherry and her sisters were known far and wide as “the Worley girls.”
After graduation from San Gabriel school at age 16, she married Frederick Paul Cherry, who had been the agriculture education teacher at the school.
They lived in Troy for a brief time, then in Burnet for several years before moving to New Waverly in 1953 to take over the Cherry family general store.
They were together for 55 years until his death in 1996.
Mrs. Cherry was a lifelong member of the Baptist Church and demonstrated her fait h through service to others. She was a volunteer for many church activities, such as vacation Bible school for community children and the visitation program for the elderly and home bound.
She also served on the board of directors for the Gulf Coast Trades Center which provides education and nurturing for disadvantaged and troubled youth.
Mrs. Cherry’s life was distinguished by her love and devotion to family and to God.
Survivors are a son, F. Boyd Cherry and wife Zou of Bryan; two daughters, Paulette Wells and husband Mike, Melanie Underwood and husband Dan, all of New Waverly; her grandchildren, Heather Thrash and husband Randy of Tomball, Austin T. Powers of Gilbert, Arizona, Brandon Underwood and wife Ronda of New Waverly, Kara Novotny and husband Rob of Haslet, Autumn McDonald and husband Wes of New Waverly; her great-grandchildren, Trevor and A mber Thrash, Zane Underwood, Emry and Keaton Novotny, Ella and Bailey McDonald; and two sisters Lula Stewart of Cameron, Evelyn Kauffman and husband Norman of Texarkana.
Pallbearers were Brandon Underwood, Austin T. Powers, Randy Thrash, Trevor Thrash, Rob Novotny, and Wes McDonald.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 460 Fisher Street, New Waverly, TX 77358 or New Waverly Public Library, 9372 State Hwy. 75 S, New Waverly, TX 77358.