Mary Florence Irvin, 84, of Pine Bluff, passed away Thursday, November 24, 2011 at Trinity Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler, Texas.

Mary Florence Irvin, 84, of Pine Bluff, passed away Thursday, November 24, 2011 at Trinity Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler, Texas.

Born February 12, 1927, in Shelby, Miss., she was a daughter of the late Jesse and Jewell Henry Nelson. She was reared and received her education in Jackson, Miss.

In 1943, she married, John Walter Irvin, Jr., together they moved to Detroit, Mich., then Memphis, Tenn. as well as several other places. They settled in Houston, Texas and spent twenty-two years there before moving to Pine Bluff in 1994. After Mr. Irvin’s death in 2000, Mrs. Irvin spent some years with her daughter in Texas, then choosing to move back to Pine Bluff in recent years.

She was a homemaker and spent her time loving and caring for her children and grandchildren, as well as her nieces and nephew that were also so dear to her. She was a member of Sulphur Springs Baptist Church in Pine Bluff and a lifetime member of the Women of the Moose and the Moose Lodge in Houston.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John Irvin, Jr.; a son, Earnest Dewayne Irvin; a brother Hugh Love Quin and a great-granddaughter, LeeAnn Michelle Moore.

She is survived by her sons, Johnny Lee Irvin, of Huntington, Texas and Anthony Craig Irvin, of Pine Bluff, Ark.; her daughter, Edna “Eddie” Lynn Irvin McKinney, of Tyler, Texas, thirteen grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; her brother, Billy Travis Quinn, Sr.; nephew, Billy Travis Quin, Jr.; nieces, Loretta Quin Turchi and Jewell Quin Watson, and great-niece, Monica Turchi, all of Pine Bluff, Ark.

Funeral service will be 10 a.m., Wednesday, November 30, 2011, in the Chapel of Ralph Robinson & Son with Rev. Glen Flemmons and Rev. Billy West officiating. Graveside service will follow in Fitzhugh Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6–8 p.m., Tuesday evening at Robinson’s. Friends may sign the online register at www.ralphrobinsonandson.com.