Mrs. Mary Deese, 85, passed away on Monday morning, December 12, 2011, at home in Pembroke, NC.
Born February 16, 1926 in Christie, Virginia to the late Mr. Rufus & Mrs. Rebeauty Martin, she lived and attended elementary schools in Virginia and North Carolina. Later her family moved to Robeson County when she was seven years old. Mary graduated from Pembroke State College in 1947 and retired from Robeson County School System as an educator in 1981, after 31 years of service.
Mrs. Mary has been a member of Berea Baptist Church since she was ten years old.
She is survived by her husband: Mr. Earl Deese; daughters: Ms. Jeannie Bell-Nichols of Cary, Mrs. Marty Bell-Knell(Donnie) of Raleigh, Ms. Maxine Deese of Laurinburg, Mrs. Diane Deese Chavis(Ronnie) of Pembroke; sons: Dr. Joseph E. Deese of Maxton and Mr. Dale Johnson of Maxton; granddaughter: Mrs. Sunny O’Connor Myers(Isaac) of Raleigh; grandsons: Mr. Jordan Chavis of Cary and Ryan Chavis of Pembroke; brothers: Dr. Lindy Martin of Birmingham, Alabama and Dr. Julian Martin of Dearborn, Michigan; sister: Mrs. Bert Cortney of Lancaster, Pennsylvania and a host of relatives and friends.
Mrs. Mary was preceded in death by her husband: Mr. Hardy (Red) Bell and sister: Mrs. Carlee Martin Chavis.
A private family burial will be held Wednesday, December 14, 2011, at 10:30 A.M. at Berea Baptist Church Cemetery. A celebration of Mrs. Mary’s Life/Family visitation will be held at Berea Baptist Church Fellowship Hall from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 14, 2011.
A member of Berea Baptist Church for more than 79 years, the family request that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Berea’s Lottie Moon offering or Hospice of Robeson County.