THELMA LUCILLE IRVIN RYE

SMITHVILLE ­ THELMA I. RYE Born March 26, 1922 Died September 26, 2017 Funeral at Tisdale Lann Memorial Funeral Home chapel, October 7, 2017 at 2:00 pm.

Mrs. Thelma I. Rye died at peace in her home in the early morning hours of September 26, 2017 after
a short downturn in health. She was proceeded in death by two infant children, her parents Kirby
and Maggi Irvin, her sister Ruby Irvin and her husband Burnie W. Rye, Jr. She is survived by her
children: Burnie L. Rye, preceded by his wife Beverly; Melinda Rye Johnson and her daughter
Elizabeth; Maggi Rye Bordman and her daughters Tricia and Erin and Erin’s husband Patrick and
their children Julius and Nathan; and Charles Rye and his wife Cathy and their children: Jason; Carolyn; and Melissa and Melissa’s husband Josh and their children Avram and Evie.

Since about fall of 2013 she was attended by her caregiver, Ms. Maggie Trimble and others. She
also received many visits by family. Mrs. Rye loved to take local car trips with Ms. Trimble and do some shopping. Seeing buildings and roads in the area almost always brought back memories. Mrs. Rye had many stories from family and local history and of her many travels and she loved humor. Several of
the caregivers and even some of their family members became personally fond of her.

Mrs. Rye was a lifelong resident of Monroe County except for times she and her husband were
stationed at Army posts at several locations in the U.S. and Germany. She was a school teacher having taught in several schools in Monroe County. Her youngest son was fond of telling people his mother began her teaching career in Egypt, which we know is south of Okolona, MS. She and Burnie were married after
he returned from WWII. And then Burnie was sent back to war in Korea. Those who wait and comfort also serve.

Burine retired in about 1960 and began to work toward farming. In about 1965 she and her husband
purchased two adjoining tracts of land near Smithville where they continued to raise their children
and created many innovations to modern farming. In the early 70’s Ms. Rye ceased to teach and
devoted her time to family and farming. Many a fall day Ms. Rye could be found driving their pickup
delivering cotton wagons to the gin in Hamilton.

Ms. Rye held a high esteem for education being a graduate of Mississippi State College for Women at Columbus and worked to see that all her children had the opportunity for a post high school education. She was fond of art and for a time in the late 70’s and into the 80’s she made silk flowers and she and Burnie made trips in a travel trailer including going to markets where she sold her flowers. She was fond of jewelry and even studied gem stones and jewelry making later in her life. She liked to travel and after
military travels she made an epic trip to South America with her sister Ruby including buying gems
and even ignored being cautioned to stay in their hotel to be an eye witness to a local insurrection.
Mrs. Rye was a member of the Methodist Church in Smithville. She was also a member of the Eastern Star having served as Worthy Grand Matron in the early 70’s at Aberdeen. She taught many children in schools, by example she taught us grace and poise and the strength to be flexible, we will miss her very
much.

A short memorial will also be offered for Mrs. Rye’s sister Ruby at the service

Memorials may also be made to the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital.

Services will be at Tisdale Lann Memorial Funeral Home, Aberdeen, Mississippi on October 7, 2017 at 2 pm.

 
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