Adele Roper Mercier passed away at the Blue Ridge home where she had lived since 1948. She was a talented business woman, nurse, and dedicated homemaker. Adele trained as a nurse at Berea College in Kentucky and later worked with her brothers, C.J. & E.A Roper, in their clinic in Jasper, Georgia. She assisted in the operating room and worked as an office nurse as well. She met her future husband, Bill Mercier, in Jasper and they wed in 1941. Bill was the new county agent in Blue Ridge, and Adele hoped to work in the new clinic established by the Burdine brothers. The doctors moved from Pickens County to Marble Hill, and Adele was to be their office nurse. Bill recognized the talented woman he had married and wanted her to remain in Blue Ridge. In 1943, the couple purchased the 27 acre apple orchard now known as Mercier Orchards and the rest is history. Adele was a gifted business partner in helping Bill to establish and build Mercier Orchards. They worked and traveled the world together for over 60 years. Adele also kept her hand in nursing by acting as a rural nurse throughout her neighborhood in Fannin County. She is remembered by many in the area for her nursing skills, kind generosity, and boundless energy. Adele remained active in the orchard business until her passing and was there almost every day to say hello and explain to visitors how to prepare the different apple varieties. She will be greatly missed as she was an inspiration to all that met her. Adele was a member of the First Baptist church in Blue Ridge, Ga., and a founding member of the Pink Lady Auxiliary at Fannin Regional Hospital. She was active as a member for all these years and worked with Margaret Jones and Mae Long in establishing the chapel at the hospital. She was a longtime member of the Merry Makers and a cancer survivor. Her children will remember her as a loving and generous mother and a sharp businesswoman whose cooking skills exceeded expectations. Survivors include her children, William Timothy “Tim” and wife Sandra Mercier of Blue Ridge, Ga, Helen Childs and husband, Henry Childs of Young Harris, Ga and James Embra Mercier of Los Angeles, Ca; grandchildren, Mary Melissa Lillard and husband David, and Amanda Harper Mercier and husband Joe Foster all of Blue Ridge, GA; great grandchildren, Zachary Mercier Lillard, Annabel Lee Lillard and Alexandria Grace Foster; and many beloved nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were conducted on Thursday August 22, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at the Akins Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Michael Brunson officiating. Interment followed in the Chastain Memorial Park Cemetery with the following gentlemen serving as pallbearers: Bill Walden, Bill Prather, Keith Guess, Jack Morton, Delores Rosas, Eulis Davis, Dane Kirby and Ronnie Roper. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to the Fannin County Scholarship Fund in Memory of Mrs. Adele Mercier at P.O. Box 1883, Blue Ridge, GA 30513. Akins Funeral Home of Blue Ridge is in charge of arrangements.