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Posted: January 1, 2009 6:15 p.m.

Mary Frances Tyre

Mary Frances Tyre of Amarillo, Texas, left her earthly home for heaven on December 30. Mrs. Tyre was born to Oliver and Eliza Day in 1923 in Porterdale. She graduated from Porterdale High School and became a registered nurse in 1943 after completing nurses training at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta. She was a proud, skilled and compassionate person who combined her nursing skills with her love of all who lived. She was the operating room nurse in the Porterdale Hospital, Porterdale, and office nurse for many physicians in Georgia and North Carolina. She culminated her nursing career as the charge nurse of a bloodmobile for the American Red Cross, based in Savannah, providing donor services to towns large and small across southern Georgia. One of her proudest moments was drawing blood from General "Stormin" Norman of Gulf War fame.

Mrs. Tyre retired to her much loved Porterdale in 1987 and remained there with friends and family until 2002. She then was transformed from a Georgia Peach to a Texas Rose when she moved to Amarillo to be with her son. Mrs. Tyre spent the final years of her life at Bivins Memorial Nursing Home, close to her friends and family, and loved and wonderfully cared for by the staff at Bivins.

She loved reading, crocheting, playing canasta and rook, and especially fishing. It has been said of Mary Frances that she would fish in a bathtub just to wet a hook. She also loved to travel and visited Germany, Hawaii and many of our United States during her retirement. She was a member of the Red Hat Society and wore her Red Hat with pride.

Mrs. Tyre was preceded in death by her father, Oliver S. Day, her mother, Eliza Wheeler Day, husbands Earl J. Tyre and J.B. Doster, all of Georgia, and dear friend Virginia (Ginger) Pollard of Amarillo.

Mrs. Tyre is survived by her son Larry Day and wife Judy, of Amarillo; sister Elizabeth Lee Day Sparks of Hickory, N. C.; a grandson Oliver V. Day, of Cambridge Mass., and nieces and nephews located throughout the country. Services will be held at the Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home on Saturday, Jan. 3, with interment at the Covington Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in Mary Frances’ name be made to Bivins Memorial Nursing Home, 1001 Wallace Blvd, Amarillo, Texas 79106.

The Covington News Jan. 2, 2009

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