Mary Elliott Henderson Willis Reber HICKORY - Mary Elliott Henderson Willis Reber, 98, died Thursday, September 26, 2013 in Hickory. Born December 4, 1914 in Hickory, she was the daughter of Hazel Elliott Henderson and Frank Augustus Henderson. Her grandparents were J.D. Elliott and Mary Elizabeth Elliott Elliott. Children are Mary Hazel Abernethy, Helen Miller, and Craig Willis, and Jerry and Karlee Reber and Jack Copeland.Grandchildren are Dr. Clive Willis and wife Kristen, Ben Miller, Ram and Kim Abernethy, Elizabeth Abernethy, Lauren and Steve McCoy, Daniel Willis and Emmett Willis. Great-grandchildren are Katherine, Sarah, and Annie Miller; Annika and Marissa Willis, Emma Willis, Ethan and Elliott Abernethy, Wynn Drury, and Jackson and Luke McCoy. In 1936 she was graduated from Duke University with an A.B. Degree and later received her masters from ASU. She worked as a reporter and Librarian for 47 years. Funeral services will be at Denver's St. Peter by the Lake Church, 8433 Fairfield Forest Rd., at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday with receiving at Craig and Libby's home on Norman Court beginning at 1:00. Graveside services will be at 4:00 at Oakwood Cemetery in Hickory. Bass-Smith Funeral Home in Hickory is serving the family of Mary Elliott Henderson Willis Reber.
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Published in Charlotte Observer on Sept. 29, 2013