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Saturday November 7th, 2020

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Saundra "Sissy" Rymer



Ms. Saundra "Sissy" Rymer, age 78, of Black Mountain, North Carolina, passed away on the morning of Tuesday, November 03, 2020 at Mountain Ridge Health and Rehabilitation.


She was born on May 26, 1942 in Buncombe County to the late Andrew Wesley and Jessie Marie Jump Rymer.


Saundra was known for her talent in crocheting, and she often sold or gave her work as gifts to others. She was a graduate of Marion High School. Having been in a nursing facility for over 20 years, she will be remembered as a strong and resilient lady. She loved company and playing bingo, and she was always very active in the activity department. A big Clemson fan, Saundra also loved music, singing, and animals. She truly loved her Lord and read her Bible daily.


She is survived by her brother, Dean Rymer (Kim); a nephew, Dean Rymer II; a niece, Dionna Matthews (Marshall); a great niece and nephew, Wesley and Faith Rymer; and many close friends at Mountain Ridge, including the loving and compassionate staff there.


A graveside service will be held on Saturday, November 07, 2020 at 11:00 AM at McDowell Memorial Park.




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Please know that all the Rymer's are in my family's thoughts and prayers. My sincerest condolences for an incredibly great loss. I'll never forget her as she was such a blessing to her family. I saw the special bond she shared with Dionna her niece, with whom she could always call and count for anything she wanted or needed and how much they loved each other. Sissy was independent and loved to be around people and if you were her friend, she cared deeply for you. May she be laughing and playing games through eternity!

Romans 8:18
I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.

Sena Allison Nov 5 2020 12:00 AM

Sissy shared a room with my mom at Sunrise, at Nebo...She always would keep an eye out for mom and was always a joy to talk with, loved her laughter... Rest in Peace, Sweet Lady . Carole M.

Carole Nov 5 2020 12:00 AM

Twelve years ago, I was having lunch with my sister in her room at Asheville Health Care when a small woman wearing a red hat, purple feather boa, and a big smile came waltzing in. I came to learn that this lady was my sister, Sandy's, new roommate, and I honestly wondered how this match would work. My sister was starting nursing home "living" at a young age (early fifties) having left-side paralysis from a stroke, and she was sort of a gruff person, not a prim and proper lady as was my first impression of Sissy. And, because she was not comfortable in a nursing home setting, Sandy didn't leave her room, even for meals. I left from that visit thinking to myself "this is going to be interesting". On my very next visit for lunch, I found my sister sitting in the dining room having lunch, and even better a happy conversation, with that little lady, and eventually, Sandy began to wear red hats and participate in nursing home activities! Sissy was such a godsend to our family at a time when we really needed her. Not only was Sandy now living in a nursing home, but my sisters and I had just lost our mother, a person who had a bad speech impediment resulting from a massive stoke. Over the months and years, a wonderful friendship grew between Sissy and Sandy (or Granny and Maw as they referred to themselves). After living with our mother and her speech issue for so long, Sandy was able to understand and interpret anything Sissy spoke. And Sissy referred to me and both of my sisters as her "adopted family". She was very much a member of our family! Over the years we enjoyed lots of laughter, birthday parties, Cracker Barrel meals, Clemson football games, Parcheatsie, Wine, rhododendrons, two more nursing facilities, and a whole lot of mischief! I know this past year has been hard on Sissy. She lost my sister, Sandy, one year ago this week. And, this awful pandemic has kept my other sister and I from being able to visit at Mountain Ridge. Last week, I sent her a message on the Mountain Ridge website to tell her that Mary and I love her and to let her know what time and channel to tune into the Clemson game. I so hope that she received it. We love you, Sissy, and you always gave us such a comfort when you said that you were "praying for us". I will miss you so much until I join in the party now going on in Heaven since you arrived!

Susan McElrath Nov 5 2020 12:00 AM

We met Sissy at Asheville Health Care through our Sunday morning church service. She was a faithful member and always had a song for us. We enjoyed fellowship with her. She had a sense of humor . She liked to be teased and tease back. We missed her when she moved. Our prayers are with the family.

Robert & Pauline James Nov 4 2020 12:00 AM

Rest in peace Ms. Sissy, Prayers for your family.

Louise Davis Nov 4 2020 12:00 AM