Sylvia Donnette “Doni” Rimmer Kerley, 72, of Kernersville, formerly of Statesville, went home to be with Jesus August 19, 2020 after a long, hard fought battle with cancer. Doni was born in Statesville on September 2, 1947 to the late Harold and Garnett Rimmer. They were loving parents who taught her about the love of our savior Jesus Christ. It is through her belief in Him, and His promise to us, that we know we will be together again. Doni was a 1967 graduate of Statesville High School. In her last year of high school, a chance encounter at the school’s water fountain with her late husband, Glen Alan "Pete" Kerley, led to a marriage of 44 years that began October 23,1967. Doni worked many jobs throughout the years, but the one she loved the most was her job at Davis Hospital where she had many friends that were more like family. She retired from Davis Hospital in 2012 and was blessed to be able to stay in touch with the friends she loved. Everywhere she went, whether the beach or the dentist office, there wasn’t a stranger that Doni couldn’t make into a friend. She had beautiful blue eyes, an amazing smile, and was always ready with a hug. Doni was a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, nana, and friend. She loved deeply and was deeply loved.
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Left to cherish her memory are her two children, Glen Alan Kerley (AJ) of Statesville, NC and Crystal Kerley Giffin (Cory) of Kernersville, NC; three granddaughters, Jordan Giffin, Brayden Giffin, and Landri Jo Kerley; a sister, Kaye Tuttle (Carroll) of Lenoir, NC; and two brothers, Dennis Rimmer of North Wilkesboro, NC and Eddie Rimmer (Robin) of Statesville, NC. Many loving cousins, nieces, nephews, sisters in-law, brothers in-law, and special friends.
In lieu of flowers please make all donations to Mountain Valley Hospice House of Yadkinville or find a family using hospice services and take them a warm meal. Small things like this were such a blessing during our time at hospice. Our mother loved random acts of kindness.
A Memorial Service will be held at 4pm on Sunday, August 23, 2020 at Oakdale Baptist Church in Statesville with Pastor Michael Rakes officiating. Ingram Funeral Home & Cremation Society is honored to serve the family.