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Mary Blake Winters

Posted By Hall-Wynne On August 13, 2016 @ 2:06 pm In Durham,Obituaries | 18 Comments

Mary Blake Winters, age 93, died peacefully on Friday, August 12, 2016, at Brookshire Nursing Center in Hillsborough, NC. She was born on June 20, 1923 in Chatham County to the late Carney and Nellie Williams.

Mary, affectionately known by many as “Blakie”, retired from Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina and was well known and admired in her community for her quilting and cross stitching talent. She had been a resident of Durham for more than fifty years and was a long-time member of Yates Baptist Church.

She is survived by her son, Hal Winters and wife Susan, her daughter, Susan Yearwood and husband Tom, her sisters, Iris Ripley and Nancy McCoy, eight grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold B. Winters.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at Yates Baptist Church with Pastor Christopher Ingram presiding. Burial will follow in Maplewood Cemetery. Friends may visit one hour prior to the service from 1:00-2:00 pm in the church sanctuary.

Flowers are acceptable or contributions may be made to the Yates Baptist Church Building Fund, 2819 Chapel Hill Rd., Durham, NC 27707.

Arrangements for the Winters family are under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service. Online memorials: www.hallwynne.com.


Condolences for the family of “Mary Blake Winters”

Condolence from Betsy Parker on August 13th, 2016 7:16 pm

I had the pleasure of working with Mary at Blue Cross Blue Shield. She was a lovely person. My thoughts and prayers with the family as they go through this very difficult time.

Condolence from Susan Yearwood on August 16th, 2016 8:33 pm

Betsy,
Thank you so much for reaching out to us upon the passing of our Mother. She was a wonderful person and so enjoyed working at Blue Cross Blue Shield. She told me many times that if she was able,
she would go back to work! That is the way she was. She will be missed by many.

Condolence from Patricia Wrenn on August 14th, 2016 12:25 pm

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

Condolence from Susan Yearwood on August 16th, 2016 8:34 pm

Trish,

Thank you so much for your thoughts and prayers. I wish you had gotten to meet her. Thank you also for the beautiful flowers. Your’s and Bruce’s friendship mean so much to me. Love you!

Condolence from Pat Winters Garrett on August 14th, 2016 5:49 pm

Hal & Susan, I’m so sorry to hear of Blaky’s passing. I have such fond memories of her. She was a very special person. You may not remember me , my parents were Claude and Kate Winters.
You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Pat

Condolence from Hal Winters on August 16th, 2016 8:37 pm

Pat,

I’m pretty sure that I remember you from our visits to Uncle Claude’s many years ago.

She was truly a very special person and will be missed by all of us. Thank you so much for your kind words and, hopefully, we can share some of our memories of her at the next reunion.

Hal

Condolence from Dena Pickett Goins on August 14th, 2016 6:24 pm

So sorry to hear about Mary. My mother, Grace Pickett, was so fond of her. Condolences to the family.

Condolence from Hal Winters on August 16th, 2016 7:53 pm

Thank you so much Dena. My mother spoke of your mother often. She was loved by many and we all will miss her.

Hal

Condolence from Patricia Winters Garrett on August 15th, 2016 8:47 am

Hal and Susan, so sorry to hear of your Mary Blake passing. She was a great lady. She will be missed at the family reunions.

Condolence from Hal Winters on August 16th, 2016 7:44 pm

Pat,
Thanks so much for your kind words and thoughts. She was a wonderful person and a wonderful Mom. We all will miss her dearly.

Hal

Condolence from Elizabeth Burgess Smith Morton on August 16th, 2016 3:05 pm

Dear Iris and Nancy and families………..We are so sorry for the loss of Mary. I have fond memories of her and her friendship with mama. Keeping you all in prayer. Sincerely, Elizabeth Burgess Morton

Condolence from Elizabeth Burgess Smith Morton on August 16th, 2016 3:05 pm

Dear Iris and Nancy and families………..We are so sorry for the loss of Mary. I have fond memories of her and her friendship with mama. Keeping you all in prayer. Sincerely, Elizabeth Burgess Morton

Condolence from Susan Yearwood on August 16th, 2016 8:36 pm

Elizabeth,

Thank you for your kind words. Mother loved your family and spoke often of them. She will be missed by many.

Love,
Hal and Susan

Condolence from Jaleh Estes on August 20th, 2016 8:19 am

Dear family of Mary Winters,
I am the niece of your mom/grandma’s roommate Norleen at Brookshire. Mary is such a precious soul and it was always a joy seeing her on each of my visits. We send our love and prayers to you all and to your beautiful mom/grandma. ❤

Condolence from Sue Yearwood on August 21st, 2016 10:01 pm

Jaleh,

Thank you so much for all of
your kindness to Mother and to us. I think of you and Norleen every day. I hope she is doing well. You both are in my prayers each and every day. I will try to stop by and see you soon. Just a little too hard now. Please tell your aunt hello for us.

Condolence from Jaleh Estes on August 20th, 2016 9:31 am

I also want to say how much we miss her, and seeing all of you ❤

Condolence from Sue Yearwood on August 21st, 2016 10:10 pm

Jaleh,

We miss seeing you and Norleen also. It is wonderful how God works in our lives and causes us to cross paths with those who can mean so much to us in such a short amount of time. You have a wonderful spirit and the care you give to your aunt is wonderful. I hope to see you both again. Hal and I and all of our family thank you so much for all the love and kindness you gave to us.

Condolence from Teri deal on August 21st, 2016 8:35 am

I just saw this Hal! I know how much you love your mom and remember happy memories you’ve shared about her~ just know I’m thinking about you all ~ love you ~~ Teri Lou

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