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Mary Handley (Watt) Sorum


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Mary Handley (Watt) Sorum Obituary
Mary Handley Watt Sorum, aged 86, died Tuesday, March 13th at Deerfield Episcopal Retirement Community in Asheville, NC. She was born September 9, 1931 in Mutoto, Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Belgian Congo) to the late John Franklin Watt and Georgia McKay Watt. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the Medical College of Virginia in 1954. Mary moved to New Orleans, LA and worked at Baptist Hospital. On August 2, 1962, she married William Robert Sorum, MD. They were married until his death in 1988. She served on the vestry of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church and later at Christ Church Cathedral. She also served on the Commission on Ministry for the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana. She began her work in hospice as a pastoral care volunteer at University Hospice at Hotel Dieu, then resumed her nursing career there as patient care coordinator. She moved to Deerfield in 2009, where she served as president of the Resident's Council.
Mary is survived by her three children, Mary Sorum McCaffery (Thomas McCaffery, III), Margaret Ann Sorum, and William Arne Sorum; and her two grandchildren, Margaret Ransom McCaffery, and Thomas Dalton McCaffery, IV. She is also survived by her nephews, Robert Jordan and John Jordan, and her niece, Mary Margaret Jordan McLeod. She was preceded in death by her sister, Margaret Watt Jordan and her two brothers, John Franklin Watt, Jr, and William McKay Watt.
A service will be held at Christ Church Cathedral in New Orleans on Friday, May 18th at 10am. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be sent to the Deerfield Employee Appreciation Fund, c/o Deerfield Episcopal Retirement Community, 1617 Hendersonville Rd, Asheville, NC 28803; or CarePartners Hospice Foundation, PO Box 25338, Asheville, NC.
Published in The Times-News on Apr. 14, 2018
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