Cornelia Stribling, 96, of Rockdale died Sunday, March 13, 2005, in the Richards Memorial Hospital in Rockdale. Graveside services were held 2 p.m. Wednesday March 16, in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Rockdale with Rev. Trish Holland of First Presbyterian in Rockdale officiating.
Ms. Stribling was born Dec. 9, 1908 in Rockdale to C. K. and Mary Jeanette [Copeland] Stribling.
She was a graduate of Rockdale High School and was a cheerleader, she also attended college for one year. She was born and raised in Rockdale.
Ms. Stribling lived and worked in Houston and returned to Rockdale 40 years ago. She worked as copier for Great Southern Life Insurance for 23 1/2 years.
She was preceded in death by her parents and sisters Helen S. McGuyer, Catherine Stribling, Esta Quinlan, and Brownie Laurence.
Rockdale Reporter, Thur., 24 Mar 2005
Editor's note: The following information was submitted by Rev. Trish Holland to augment the obituary of Cornelia Stribling published last week and provided by Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home.
Cornelia Stribling was born in the Stribling home, 526 W. Bell, Rockdale, one of eight children of C.K. and Mary Jeanette Copeland Stribling. Her grandfather W. E. Copeland was a traveling Presbyterian minister who founded the Presbyterian Church in Sharp.
She grew up in Rockdale and graduated from Rockdale High School where she was a cheerleader. She attended one year of college and worked for a while in Dallas as a governess.
She lived and worked in Houston as a copier for Great Southern Life Insurance for 26 years. She returned to Rockdale 40 years ago and lived with her sister Catherine in their home on West Bell. She ran a flower shop, had a beautiful garden, and was a wonderful cook. She was an active participant in the First Presbyterian Church.
Cornelia was preceded in death by her parents, six sisters and one brother: Esta Quinlan, 1982; Becky "Brownie" Laurence, 1958; Ruth McClintock, 2003; Grace Dippel, Ralph Stribling, Catherine Stribling, 1990; and Helen McGuyer, 1999.
Survivors are nephews, Mike McGuyer and wife Audrey of Houston and daughters Kathryn Cornelia "Katy" McGuyer and husband Josh Cornett of Austin, Molly McGuyer of Houston, Pat McGuyer and wife Jacki of San Antonio and her daughters: Dawn Doswell of Brookfield, CN, Heather Adams, Kym Kennedy and Kristen Larronaga of Kerrville; her nieces: Eugenia Abernathy of Mineral Wells, Sylvia Conoley of Austin and Ann Freestone of Orin, Utah; faithful caregiver Dorothy Thomas, devoted friends Donnie Rinn and Sis Estelle; and a host of great-nephews, nieces and friends.