RATLIFF CITY — Graveside Services for Mrs. Mary Emoline (West) Groover, 93, formerly of Ratliff City are scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday Oct. 13, 2018, at the Green Hill Cemetery in Davis, with Rev. Glynn Baker officiating. Services are under the direction and care of Alexander Funeral Home, of Ratliff City.
Mary was born on Apr. 27, 1925, at Brady, to the late Mr. Fred Allen West and Mrs. Edith (Brown) West. She went to be with her Lord and loved ones on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018, at the Elmbrook Nursing Home where she was lovingly cared for for several years.
She was the second of two daughters of her parents. She was married to Ray Beamer for 10 years. After his death, she married Forrest Paul Groover on Dec. 5, 1987, at Velma.
After graduating from Woodland High School in 1943, her principal hired her to teach in Dougherty in the absence of male teachers going off to World War II. Mary continued teaching while earning her degree from East Central University in Ada. She taught for 43 years and loved teaching at Daugherty, Peavine, Woodland, Sulphur, Davis and Velma. Mary had a kind, gentle, uplifting spirit and loved singing and leaded others singing Christian songs.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Forrest Groover, her sister, a niece and a nephew.
Survivors include two nephews, Allen L. Murdock and wife Billie Jean, of Memphis, Texas and Jessie W. Murdock and wife Deby, of Clarendon, Texas and niece Mary Ellen Cook, of Amarillo, Texas and five great nephews.
Family visitation will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday evening at Alexander Funeral Home of Ratliff City.
Condolences may be sent online at www.alexanderfuneralhome.org.