May 21, 2021

Myra Beth Wilburn Winder passed away peacefully on May 19, 2021, at the age of 86. She was born May 20, 1934, in Appleby, TX to parents Elray Elesie and Vonnie Reider Wilburn. She was the oldest of four children. She graduated from Central Heights High School in 1951 as Salutatorian.
On September 6, 1955, she married the love of her life, Bobby G. Winder. They had two daughters, and she was proud to be a military spouse in the Air Force for 26 years, stationed in Anchorage, Alaska, San Juan Puerto Rico, and Green Castle, Pennsylvania. In between deployments, they returned to Barksdale AFB in Bossier City, Louisiana.

They retired in 1971 and resided in Rusk to begin their civilian life. Together, they became business owners opening West-Wind Copper & Aluminum and later West-Wind Quick Lube.

She enjoyed gardening, bowling, softball, and cooking for her family and friends. She was also known by family as “Mrs. Clean” because she was always cleaning and wiping something. She was a member of the Rusk Garden Club, and Order of the Eastern Star, Euclid Lodge #56. She was known by her grands as “Nana” and her classmates as “Pretty Beth” as she was a very classy lady.

Mrs. Winder was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 62 years, Bobby G. Winder; brother, Ray Wilburn; son-in-law, Jamie Harrison.

She is survived by her daughters, Teri Dyer and husband Johnny and Monique Harrison; grandchildren, Misti Hudnall and husband Brandon; Wesley Dyer and husband Chad; Adrianne Murphy and husband Gary Don; Beth Evans and husband Christopher; Ashli Deshotel and husband Jonathan; great-grandchildren, Jake Creamer, Carson Creamer, Libby Baker, Melanie Murphy, Palmer Evans, Ellen Evans, Kyli Norris, Maloree Deshotel, and Jocque Deshotal; sisters, Florence Jean Bostick; Maxine Pierce and husband Jerry Don; brothers-in-law, Rho Winder and wife Juasell, John Winder and wife Linda; sisters-in-law, Jan Wilburn, Mavis Clifton, Sue Sanders; and several favorite nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Friends and family were invited to a visitation from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. on Monday, May 24, 2021 at Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Home, 5400 North Street in Nacogdoches. A funeral service followed at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home, officiated by Pastor Steve Woody. Interment was at Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

Serving as pallbearers were Darren Wilburn, Darrell Wilburn, Brent Wilburn, David Pierce, Don Terry Pierce, and Robert Boaz. Honorary Pallbearers were Jerry Don Pierce, Wesley Dyer, Jonathan Deshotel, Christopher Evans, and Gary Don Murphy.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Arrangements were under the direction of Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors.