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Maria Kerr Harris Blackwell

Posted By Hall-Wynne On August 4, 2018 @ 5:03 pm In Obituaries,Oxford | 3 Comments

In Memorial


January 2, 1923–August 4, 2018

Maria Kerr Blackwell departed this life on August 4, 2018 at her home in Oxford.

Maria was the daughter of Frances Worthington Taylor and Graham Waverly Harris.  She married Luther Devin Blackwell, Jr. on October 9, 1948 and they

enjoyed many years together until his death on October 31, 1996.

Maria attended Women’s College of Greensboro, worked at Camp Butner during World War II, and was secretary to the principal of J. F. Webb

High School in Oxford until her retirement.

She was a longtime member of St. Stephen’ Episcopal Church in Oxford where she served on the Altar Guild for many years.  Maria was a member of the Tuesday Bridge Club, The Wednesday Literary Club, The Shakespeare Club of Oxford, and the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America.

Surviving Maria are her daughters Maria Kerr Tallberg of Topsail Beach, North Carolina, and Katherine Frye (Sandy) of Harbor Springs, Michigan; four grandchildren

Maria Katherine Tallberg Jones, Lindsey Tallberg Lewis, Sanders Admiral Frye IV, and Taylor Devin Frye; four great grandchildren, Emma Pearl Jones, Olivia Ann Jones,

Audrey Kerr Lewis, and William Stone Lewis.    In her later years, Maria was blessed with a group of caregivers whom she loved dearly, especially Helen Harris and Queen Venable. The family is grateful for their faithful care.

Memorial service will be Friday, August 17, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Oxford North Carolina, by The Rev. James L. Pahl, Jr., D. Min..  Reception in the Parish Hall immediately following the service.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, or to the charity of one’s choice.

The Blackwell family is proudly being served by Gentry-Newell & Vaughan Funeral Home, 503 College St., Oxford, NC, 27565.



Condolences for the family of “Maria Kerr Harris Blackwell”

Condolence from Robert Powell on August 5th, 2018 6:14 pm

So very sorry to hear of the passing of Mrs. Blackwell. She was a dear lady who was influential in the growth of many of us who grew up with and were friends with Kerr. Our prayers are with the family and we know she is at peace with our Lord.

Condolence from Betty Jo Hamme on August 7th, 2018 3:17 pm

Joe and I extend our sincere sympathy to Maria Kerr’s family. May her soul be in the loving care of God. This we sincerely pray. She was always a lady. Betty Jo Hamme

Condolence from Ellen Taylor Palmer on August 9th, 2018 1:37 am

Kattherine, Kerr and family – Maria Kerr was a wonderful woman. I loved her. Sorry for your loss…she is no longer in pain and confusion. She has entered into our greatest mystery realm of peace and pure love. ❤️ E

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