Mary was known to many as the community’s favorite Mrs. Claus at Christmas time. She had a natural twinkle in her eyes that charmed many children in the community over the years. She was an avid community supporter, volunteering for numerous organizations and programs. If she became interested in a cause or project she became faithful to the cause and threw everything she had into supporting it. Her most notable community positions were as a long-term volunteer for Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital earning the HGB Volunteer of the year in 2019. She also earned accolades as the Modern Woodman’s Hometown Hero in 2017. In 2003 Mary was honored as the Charlotte Frontier Days Grand Marshal. Mary was also active in the Charlotte Business Women’s Guild, and Mobile Meals. When her children were growing up she volunteered as a leader for the Camp Fire program and Cub Scout’s program. There were also numerous organizations she served as a board member. The most notable was the Camp Francis Board. Mary’s children were always appreciative of the many hours she spent as a “Band Mom” supporting her many children in activities with the Charlotte Oriole Band.
As a devoted Christian, Mary was an active member of her church, the Free Methodist Church of Charlotte. It was there, as a church nursery volunteer, that she earned the nick-name “Aunt Mary” to many families and youngsters. Mary also enjoyed serving as a church summer camp volunteer at Somerset Beach Campground.
Above all, Mary was most proud of her family and her church. She will be remembered as a good steward who was compassionate, kind and forgiving.