Mary Lee Forker Hartley, 95, a long time resident of Colonial Heights, died peacefully on Dec. 28, 2013, surrounded by her family in Wilmington, N.C.
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Born on June 22, 1918, in Nara Visa, N.M., Mary was the daughter of the late Harry Lee and Elizabeth Jane Forker. After finishing high school in Centerville, N.M., she attended Long Beach Junior College and graduated from UCLA. Mary was a loving wife and mother whose patience, sharp mind and quick wit were a blessing to her family and friends. She taught in public schools in California and Virginia, loved working with children and volunteering to help others.
Survivors include: her devoted husband of 68 years, Early Reeves Hartley; daughters and sons-in-law, Janet and Fred Nelson, Kathy and Scott Blackburn, and Nancy and Joe Arico; grandchildren, Drew and Jennifer Nelson, Abbey and Scott Clayton, Aaron and Sharra DeHart, Morgan DeHart, Clark and Shannon Blackburn, Megan Blackburn, Joe Arico and fiancé, Christine Clawson, and Michael Arico; great-grandchildren, Laine Nelson, Harper Clayton, Camden DeHart, Elaina DeHart, and Brielle Blackburn.
A celebration of her life was be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, at First Baptist Church, 411 Market St., Wilmington, N.C.
Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church, Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401, or The Davis Community, 1011 Porters Neck Road, Wilmington, NC 28411.
The family would like to express sincere gratitude to the caregivers of the Davis Community and Lower Cape Fear Hospice for the comfort provided Mary and our family.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.andrewsmortuary.com.
Andrews Mortuary & Crematory - Market Street Chapel
1617 MARKET ST Wilmington, NC 28401
Published in The Progress-Index on Jan. 4, 2014