Messer, a vision of strength, dies at 64

Published 9:40 pm Friday, June 12, 2009

The Clanton community lost a beloved friend and neighbor Friday in Mary Ann Messer, who died at 64.

Messer was the co-owner of Messer’s, a Clanton jewelry store, alongside her husband, Ken. The couple operated the business together for about 35 years.

Messer battled cancer for more than five years and received continuous support from her family, friends and community. At the same time, she touched the lives of all those she knew with her courage and faith.

In the Friday, April 24, 2009 edition of The Clanton Advertiser, Messer spoke of her battle:

“It really helps to know that people are working for you. It’s not just family — other people care, too. Sometimes you’re surprised to know who all is behind you,” she said.

Messer was quick to speak of her faith and her church family at Clanton First United Methodist Church.

Her daughter, Ann Glasscock of Clanton, was inspired to become involved in Chilton County’s Relay for Life, which raises funds toward cancer research, education and awareness through the American Cancer Society.

Glasscock, also a member of the Chilton County Board of Education, became captain of the board’s Relay for Life team. This past year, she served as the co-chairperson for the county’s Relay committee.

Services for Messer are scheduled for Sunday, June 14 at Clanton First United Methodist Church at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Brian Dovey officiating. The family will receive friends immediately following the service at Helen’s Place.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that memorials be made in Messer’s name to First United Methodist Church or donations given to the American Cancer Society.

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