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Della Mae (Eakins) Abernathy

March 19, 1931 ~ November 16, 2018 (age 87)

Della Mae Abernathy, 87 of Cape Girardeau, formerly of Jackson, passed away Friday, Nov. 16, 2018 at Chateau Girardeau in Cape Girardeau.

She was born March 19, 1931, in Crump, Missouri, daughter of Sylvanus and Hester Proffer Eakins.  She and Travis Abernathy were married March 22, 1952 in Glenallen, Missouri. He passed away Sept. 27, 1992.

Della was born and raised in Crump.  After she and Travis were married, they spent most of their married life in Oklahoma, while Travis worked for Mobil Oil Company.  They always aspired to move back to the Crump area someday and after Travis retired in 1986, they followed their dreams and moved back “home.”  Della was a member of New McKendree United Methodist Church in Jackson.

Loving survivors include two sons, Kenneth (Nelva) Abernathy of San Antonio, Texas and Michael Abernathy of Thomas, Oklahoma; grandchildren, Joshua and Brandi Abernathy, Amy, Amber, José, Issamar, Nelva and Alma Abernathy; great-grandchildren, Allysa, Kylie, Ethan, Emma and Savannah Abernathy and Dekker Wills; two sisters, Deanna (Vincent) Friedrich and Darlene Eakins and a brother, Doyle (Wanda) Eakins.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Gloria Jean Verbeck, a brother, Donald Eakins, three sisters, Delthia Crader, Dorothy Scholz and Delma Stroder.

The visitation will be from 3-6 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018 at McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson. The funeral service will be at 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home with the Rev. Jimmy Corbin officiating.  Interment will be at 10 a.m. Monday, November 19, 2018 in Bollinger County Memorial Park Cemetery in Marble Hill, Missouri.

The family suggests that contributions be made to Proffer Cemetery at Crump.


Donations may be made to:

Proffer Cemetery, Whitewater, Missouri
4738 Co Rd 379, Whitewater MO 63785
Web: https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery/31000/proffer-cemetery


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