BOSTIC, NC - MYRA ACKMAN, 83, of 2855 Bostic to Sunshine Hwy died January 18th, 2004 at the Henderson Nursing Care Center, Forest City, NC after a lengthy battle with Alzheimers. She was formerly a resident of Indiana, Orlando, FL and Titusville, FL before moving to Rutherford Co, NC in 1988. She was born in Democrat, Letcher Co, Kentucky on January 9, 1921, daughter of John Anderson "Andy" and Anna Bell "Annie" Rector COOK.
Myra is predeceased by her parents, six brothers, one sister Roenia Gladys (Jerome) Diddle of Orlando, FL, and two children, an infant son Billie J. Morgan and a daughter Delmas Joan Morgan (Donald B.) Jordan of Borden, IN, and two husbands Mr. Delmar Morgan and Mr. Paul Emmett Ricketts, Sr.
She was of the Baptist faith and regularly attended Liberty Baptist Church in North Carolina. Myra was a very talented seamstress, gardner, cook and artist.
She is survived by her third husband of 36 years Donald Willard Ackman; brother Lloyd G. Cook of Hernando, FL; son Paul E. (Brenda) Ricketts of Charlotte, NC; daughter Diane (William R.) Burke of Versailles, KY; nephews Joseph and Timothy Diddle of Orlando, FL, Joseph, Timothy, and Rob Jordan of IN; step-daughter Pamela Ackman (Steven R.) Hudson of Patterson, GA; grandchildren and many loving relatives and friends.
Memorialization was by cremation. Funeral home assisting the family was Washburn & Dorsey Funeral Home, Inc., 359 East Church Street, Bostic, NC.
NOTE: This summer Myra's ashes will be placed in the stream that fed her grandfather's mill pond at his gristmill. The time she spent there was some of the happiest memories she had. The mill was in Whitesburg, KY, but was torn down and an elementary school was built on the site.
Her son has arranged to donate to the Harlan County Museum, photos of her parents and other photo's of the area, along with a Litho of the gristmill that Myra painted from memory, since the painting she gave to the Chamber of Commerce has disappeared. (Summer of 2009)
I have further memorialized Myra at FindAGrave.Com: LINK.