Edna Ruth Rivenbark Mincher



Edna Ruth Rivenbark Mincher, 101, entered peacefully into eternal rest early on Saturday, May 6, at her home. Born June 28, 1915, she was the tenth of twelve children born to the late Baxter Rivenbark and Martha Murray Rivenbark, and was the widow of Benjamin Edgar Mincher. In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by seven brothers: Clayton, Aubrey, Jerry, Herbert, Bradford, Currie, and Donald (Jack) Rivenbark; and four sisters: Thelma R. Murray, Mildred R. McGee, Mary R. Huckaby, and Roxie R. McKoy; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Edna was the last surviving charter member of Bethany Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, NC. After her marriage, she moved her membership to Chadbourn Presbyterian Church, where she remained a member throughout her life. For most of her life, Edna was an avid gardener, crafter, and a wonderfully talented country cook. She truly had a giving heart, exhibiting kindness to others by sharing vegetables from her garden, crafts made with her hands, or good country food from her kitchen. If she heard of a need, she tried to help fill that need in her simple, down-to-earth way. Edna was known as the caregiver of the family, and cared for children, sick or elderly, from the time she was old enough for her mother to send her to sit with people in the community at around age ten. Throughout most of her life, there was always someone in her home for her to care for, and all were blessed by the touch of her caring hands.

Visitation will be held from 1-3 p.m. Tuesday, May 9 at Worthington Funeral Home in Chadbourn. The funeral service will follow at 3 p.m. with Rev. C.F. McDowell III officiating. Interment will be in Chadbourn Memorial Cemetery.

She leaves to cherish her memory one daughter, Ruth Mincher King of the home; one grandson, Benjamin Robert King (Selena) of Chadbourn; two great-grandsons, Benjamin Edgar King and Duncan Wade King, both of Chadbourn; a special caregiver, Tamara Greene of Chadbourn; and a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Memorials may be made to the Chadbourn Presbyterian Church, 600 E. First Avenue, Chadbourn, NC 28431 or Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 207 Warrior Trail, Whiteville, NC 28472.