Elizabeth “Bibby” Rowe Ponder, 85, Johnson City, formerly of 1603 E. Unaka Ave., Johnson City, joined her husband of nearly fifty years, Terrell J. Ponder, in heaven following a lengthy illness.
Bibby was a native and lifelong resident of Johnson City.
She was a daughter of the late Robert G. and Lockie Mae Hammett Rowe.
Bibby was a 1943 graduate of Science Hill High School and a 1947 graduate of East Tennessee State College, where she was actively involved in both academic and social organizations.
She was a lifelong member of First Christian Church, was a homemaker and formerly employed with the Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Johnson City, the Johnson City Cardinals and the Johnson City School System.
Bibby enjoyed vegetable gardening, Jigsaw puzzles, “Big-Band” music and dancing, community theater, traveling, camping, and anything involving family.
She was also the “queen” of coupon clipping, bargain hunting and Green Stamps!
In addition to her parents and husband, Bibby was preceded in death by her sister, Dorothy Rowe McKamey.
She is survived by her seven children, Terry Ponder, Johnson City, Chris Ponder and wife Cheryl, Atlanta, Keith Ponder and wife Lora, Johnson City, Cheryl Herr and husband David, Knoxville, Brian Ponder and wife Shelyne, Johnson City, Mark Ponder and wife Sheryl, Johnson City, and Jan Ponder, Johnson City; her brother, Dr. Robert G. Rowe and wife Peggy, Johnson City; twelve grandchildren, Autumn, Jason, Brian II, April, John, Aaron, Jordan, Macy, Austin, Jordan, Brianna and Alexa; one great-grandchild, Ryah Lily; many beloved nieces, nephews and extended family.
The funeral service will be conducted Sunday, November 27, 2011, at 2:30 P.M. from the East Chapel of the Appalachian Funeral Home, with Steve Hill, Minister, officiating.
Interment will follow in Monte Vista Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends prior to the service Sunday from 12:30-2:30 P.M. in the East Parlor of the funeral home.
Those who prefer to make memorial contributions may do so to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, East Tennessee Branch, 355 Trane Lane, Knoxville, TN 37919, or Dawn of Hope, Inc., P.O. Box 30, Johnson City, TN 37605.
Memories and condolences may be shared at www.appfh.net.
Appalachian Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 800 E. Watauga Ave., Johnson City, is serving the Ponder family. 928-6111