Class of 1922
Graduation Essay: “The Protestant Debt to Central Europe”
The Charlotte Observer (Charlotte, NC) – Friday, January 18, 2002
HENDERSONVILLE — Eula Belle Trexler, 97, a retired teacher and former president of Women’s Missionary Society of the North Carolina Synod of the United Lutheran Church in America, passed away January 17, 2002 at the Lifecare Center in Hendersonville, NC after a short illness. She had lived in Rowan, Cabarrus, Lincoln and Catawba counties before moving to Hendersonville in 2000.
She was born July 10, 1904 in Faith, NC, the daughter of the late Henry Calvin Farmer and Eva Augusta Miller Farmer.
She is survived by a son, the Rev. Edgar R. Trexler of Hendersonville, and his wife, Emily; three grandchildren, David Ray Trexler of Chatham, NJ, Mark Raymond Trexler of Cary, NC and Karen Emily Harrington of Montreal, Quebec; and three great grandchildren, Paige Emily Trexler, Bradley Nolan Trexler and Tyler Nolan Trexler, all of Cary, NC. A brother, Charles Glenn Farmer preceded her in death in 1961.
She was educated in the Faith, NC, schools and was valedictorian of her graduating class from Mont Amoena Seminary, a boarding school in Mt. Pleasant, in 1922. She then graduated from North Carolina College for Women in Greensboro in 1926 and taught fourth and fifth grades in the public schools in China Grove, Mt. Pleasant and Lincolnton, retiring in 1966.
In 1928, she married the Rev. E. Ray Trexler, and served alongside him as he pastored Luther’s Mt. Zion and New Bethel Lutheran Churches in Richfield, NC, Mt. Moriah Lutheran Church in China Grove, NC, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, in Mt. Pleasant, NC, and Daniel’s Lutheran Church in Lincolnton, NC. Her husband preceded her in death in 1974.
In her church work, she was an organist and Sunday School teacher for many years, and superintendent of the Light Brigade (children’s organization) in the North Carolina Lutheran Synod from 1933 to 1936. She was president of the Women’s Missionary Society of the North Carolina Synod from 1940 to 1943. From 1946 to 1952, she was a member of the national executive board of the Women’s Missionary Society of the United Lutheran Church in America. In that capacity, she helped select women who were sent overseas as missionaries of the Lutheran church.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., January 21, 2002 at Daniel’s Lutheran Church, Lincolnton, NC. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive visitors at Warlick Funeral Home, Lincolnton, on January 20, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Daniel’s Church, Lenoir-Rhyne College, Hickory, NC, the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, Columbia, SC, or the World Hunger Appeal of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, 8765 West Higgins Road, Chicago, IL 60631.
Arrangements are being handled by Warlick Funeral Home, Lincolnton.