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Mary Rieves Styers

Posted By Hall-Wynne On August 31, 2015 @ 4:29 pm In Durham,Obituaries | 7 Comments

DURHAM- Mary Rieves Styers, age 96, passed away Friday, August 28, 2015 at Carver Living Center in Durham.

Mary was born in Madison, NC, to the late Jesse C. Lassiter and Blanche R. Lassiter. She was a loving and dedicated mother, having provided care for her late daughter, Lynn Styers for over 40 years.

Mary was an avid watercolor artist alongside her late husband, William Harold Styers.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Harold Styers, and her daughters, Susan Styers Miles and Lynn Lassiter Styers.

Mary is survived by her son-in-law, James Miles and wife, Shirley; her grandson, Jason Miles and wife, Kristina, and great grandchildren Olive and Vera Miles.

Graveside services will be held 11:00am Thursday, September 3, 2015 at Woodland Cemetery, Madison, NC with the Rev. John Atkins officiating.
The Styers family is under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service. Online condolences www.hallwynne.com, select Obituaries.


Condolences for the family of “Mary Rieves Styers”

Condolence from karen french on September 1st, 2015 8:31 am

Mary Styers was one of the kindest, gentlest people I ever met. I was one of her daughter Lynn’s best friends . Mary was like a second mom to me. She always greeted you with such loving warmth and always wanted to feed you or at least give you tea. She had a challenging life taking care of Lynn and then helping with Susie. She never complained and always made life a little brighter for her being in it. She had such a deep love for her family. Mary was also a gifted artist although she always deferred to Lynn and Harold. I shall very much miss knowing Mary is no longer with us but hope she is somewhere with Lynn, Harold, and Susie and has found the peace she so richly deserves.

Condolence from Marcie Bynum Brame on September 1st, 2015 2:13 pm

Jimmy and Jason,
My mother (Martie Bynum) wants you to know that she is sending love your way. Her father, Walter MacLennan and Mary’s father, Jesse Lassiter, roomed together in a boarding house in Greensboro over 100 year ago! She and Mary became good friends from that relationship. I was a good friend of Susie’s and we played together as children while our mothers visited!
My mother is doing well at age 91 and lives at Croasdaile Village in Durham.

Condolence from Clarence Whitefield on September 1st, 2015 8:11 pm

To the Mary Styers Family:

My family had a close relationship and a deep affection for the Styers family. In 1955 we moved to 800 East Forest Hills Blvd. in Durham and were “back door” neighbors. Our daughters (Susan and Anne) were playmates with Lynn & Susie. Later we moved to Hope Valley and so did the Styers. Again we were neighbors and maintained our friendship. Still later, we moved to Chapel Hill and the Styers moved just outside. Again we maintained our friendship. We admired the way Harold and Mary cared for Lynn. Harold, who was a talented artist (particularly horses and seascapes), and he shared these talents with Lynn. It was sad for us to see them lose both of their daughters–sad, too, when Harold passed away. We visited Mary fairly often in recent years and will miss her greatly. Please know how much we wish to extend our condolences on your loss. It’s a loss which we feel, too. May God’s blessings be with you.

I lost my wife, Jane, in 2009, but my daughters (Susan Whitefield Morehead and Anne Whitefield Kennedy) share your loss.

Clarence Whitefield

Condolence from Jeri Jeffries on September 1st, 2015 9:54 pm

I’m so sorry about your loss. My mother, Virginia Cox loved Mary Rieved very much. Now they can be together again.

Condolence from Sue and Danny Hooe on September 3rd, 2015 12:07 am

As I write this note, I can gaze upon two of Mary’s watercolors prominently displayed in our home. They have brought us much enjoyment over the years. We knew Mary, and all the Styers family, years ago when we were all involved with Arabian horses. Such a talented family, and genuinely nice people.

We were indeed saddened to see Mary passed. She lived a long, productive life and was a
loving wife, mother, grandmother, and mother-in-law to Jim. Our sincere condolences go to the family.

Condolence from Joyce Fulcher on September 3rd, 2015 12:25 pm

Jason, I spoke with you at the service today about your grandmother and my dad growing up as next door neighbors. Thinking about the service coming home, and John’s point about mentoring,
I remembered one important thing I should have told you. Dad always said that Mary Rives was the one who taught him to dance. I hope she taught you to dance in so many, many ways.
We have lots of good memories of her too. Thinking of you with sympathy and affection.
Joyce Robertson Fulcher

Condolence from Archie (Frank) Dees on September 10th, 2015 5:05 pm

I am sorry to hear about the death of Mary. We had many good times with her and the family at the “old farm”. Memories that I have enjoyed for many years. Take care friend.

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