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Retha Jean Mercer

March 6, 1942 - April 6, 2021

Retha Jean Mercer, 79, of Arden, NC passed away on Tuesday, April 6, 2021.

Jean was born on March 6, 1942 in Lebanon, VA to the late Vaught David Boardwine and the late Kate Ferguson Fields.  Jean is also preceded in death by her siblings, Buford, Clifford, Leta and Letha Dean Boardwine, her twin sister.

Jean attended high school in Lebanon, VA and Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College in Asheville, NC.  She spent most of her career as a day care owner and provider.  Jean was a member of Balfour Baptist Church and was an active volunteer.  She served in the church Awana, nursery, and hospitality committee.

Jean loved her grandchildren and faithfully attended and supported them in all sports and educational activities.

Jean is survived by her husband of 54 years, Dale Allen Mercer; daughter, Karen Sword of Fletcher, NC, sons, Jeffrey Sword (Laura) of Arden, NC, Tony Mercer of Arden, NC, Edward Mercer (Marilyn) of Fletcher, NC, and Jason Mercer (Debra) of Arden, NC; grandchildren, Charlie Sword of Arden , NC, Christopher Sword (Marissa) of Tucson, AZ, Joseph Sword (Lauren) of Fletcher, NC, Jesse Sword (Shannon) of Hendersonville, NC, Joshua Sword (Michelle) of Arden, NC, Rachel Mercer Cochrane (Stuart) of Etowah, NC,  Chase Mercer of Fort Hood, TX, Reese Mercer of Boone, NC, Katelynne Mercer of Arden, Jayden Mercer of Arden, NC, and Lilliana Mercer of Arden, NC; great-grandchildren, Haley Sword of Arden, Kaylee Sword of Hendersonville, Jackson Sword of Hendersonville, Benjamin Sword of Arden, Fletcher Sword of Tucson, AZ, Samuel Sword of Arden, Chloe Sword of Fletcher, NC, Sophie Sword of Hendersonville, NC, and Carson Sword of Fletcher, NC.  Jean is also survived by her sister, Joyce Kesner of Bristol, VA and a host of other relatives.

Friends will be received for a visitation at Balfour Baptist Church in Hendersonville, NC on Friday, April 9, 2021 from 6-8PM.  A funeral service will take place at Balfour Baptist Church on Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 11AM with the interment to follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Hendersonville, NC.

Service Information

Visitation Information

Date: Friday, April 9, 2021

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location:

Balfour Baptist Church

2502 Asheville Highway
Hendersonville, NC 28791



Service Information

Date: Saturday, April 10, 2021

Time: 11:00 am

Location:

Balfour Baptist Church

2502 Asheville Highway
Hendersonville, NC 28791



Cemetery Information

Date: Saturday, April 10, 2021

Location:

Forest Lawn Memorial Park & Mausoleum

538 Tracy Grove Road
Hendersonville, NC 28792


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