Della Merle Herring

September 5, 1929June 25, 2020

Obituary Della Merle Mason Terry Herring

Della Herring was born on September 5, 1929, in Eden, Texas; she passed away peacefully with her family at her side on June 25, 2020, in Abilene, Texas. Della lived a godly life throughout her 90+ years and was loved and respected deeply by her family and friends.

Della was born to Margaret Henryetta (Williams) and William Harry Mason and lived her childhood in West Texas, spending time in Eden, Salt Gap, Nolan (Divide), and Dermott (Ranch) before moving to Snyder where she graduated from high school in 1946, after being named Snyder High School’s Football Sweetheart in 1945.

Della married Jack Lee Terry of Snyder on August 4, 1949. They were married 2-1/2 years before Jack tragically died on February 5, 1952, as a result of a car accident near Breckenridge, Texas. Their son, Jack Lee Terry, was born six months later on August 4, 1952, in Snyder, Texas. Della is survived by Jack along with her grandchildren, Paige Christian and her husband Shannon, and Kelly Junot and her husband Steve, and great grandchildren Jordan Christian and his wife Maggie, Drew Christian, Abby Christian, Hunter Luse, and Haley Luse. Della is preceded in death by Jack’s wife, Mary.

Della met Frank Steen Herring in Snyder in 1954, and they were married on July 16, 1955, in Snyder, Texas. They moved from Snyder to Refugio in 1957, and their son Brooks William Herring was born on April 11, 1958. Della is survived by Brooks and his wife, Michelle, her grandsons Mason William Herring and his wife Catherine, and Marshall Brooks Herring and his wife Laura, and her great grandchildren John Herring and Heidi Herring.

Della was a wonderful example of a Christian woman. She had a deep devotion to Frank that was evident throughout her life, but especially during Frank’s final three months in a nursing facility where they were isolated due to COVID-19. Frank and Della were married for almost 65 years before Frank’s passing on June 12, 2020. They grew closer with each passing year and were true partners in life. They always attended church together, and it was common to find them delivering food or fulfilling some other need for church members. Della was a faithful member of the Wylie church of Christ, and she cherished and appreciated the entire congregation. Della touched the hearts of many young people as a dedicated Sunday School teacher for decades.

Della was a very loving and caring mother to her sons. She was dedicated to providing her sons with opportunities that she was unable to experience. She nurtured their talents by sacrificing so they could pursue a wide range of activities that would help them grow, including university degrees. She was a very caring, proud grandmother and great grandmother affectionately known as Mamaw.

In addition to Abilene, Della also lived in Victoria and Graham and was a bookkeeper, substitute schoolteacher, real estate agent, and co-owner of Under One Roof in Abilene. In all of these vocations, she was known as a kind, caring, and considerate person dedicated to the principle of honesty.

Della was the youngest in her family with five siblings that she treasured, along with their spouses: William H. (Bill) Mason, Velma Jo Mason Whitfield McCulley, James Raymond Mason, Raleigh Mason, and Clarence Edward Mason. She is survived only by her brother Clarence.

Services for Della will be held at Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home at 5701 US Hwy. 277 S., Abilene, Texas 79606 at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, June 29, 2020. Visitation will be Sunday evening from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the same location.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Hendrick Hospice Care Center, 1651 Pine Street, Abilene, TX 79601.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Hendrick Hospice Care Center for their care and support during Della’s final days along with the church family at Wylie church of Christ.


  • Visitation

    Sunday, June 28, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, June 29, 2020

  • Burial

    Monday, June 29, 2020


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Jennifer Seay

July 1, 2020

Sweet Della.... bless your beautiful heart. Della, I love you so much.You are now with Frank in Paradise. Della, you are one of the STRONGEST christians I ever met. Your love for God and the brethren was remarkable. You and Frank will be GREATLY missed, but you and Frank are the blessed ones.Like the Apostle Paul says,” for me to die is gain.” Well Della ... with tearful eyes.... You won the race... you have gained your reward.

I hope to reunite with you and Frank someday. Right Now... God has His hands full trying to keep me out of trouble......

I love you, Della.... save me a place next to you in Paradise😇

Nancy Baker

July 1, 2020

If the best sermons are lives lived for Christ, Della's was one of the best sermons I ever heard. The testimonies of family and friends are beautiful and inspire others to follow in her path as she followed Jesus. I am forever grateful for the brief time I knew her.

Rick Smart

June 28, 2020

Fine lady who added two wonderful sons to this world.

Jenny Crossland

June 28, 2020

My sincerely condolences to Jack, Paige, Kelly and all your family. I pray your fond memories can comfort you.

Bubba and Penny Klostermann

June 27, 2020

We will always cherish our memories of getting to live down the street from Della and Frank and the visits when we walked. Both of them were so kind and brought smiles and laughter to the neighborhood. They were great models for all of us. They will be missed but we are so happy they are together.

Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home

June 26, 2020

The entire staff of Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home & Garden of Memories extends of sincere condolences to the family and friends of Mrs. Della Herring. A life well lived!