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SYLVA - Mildred Mae Houston Buchanan, 95, of Sylva, N.C., passed away Monday, December 3, 2012. She was born in Macon County, the daughter of the late William Ingram Houston and Letha Arlesie Owens. She was married to Lyndon Gordon Buchanan, who passed away in 1970. She was a devoted member of New Savannah Baptist Church, where she served in several capacities. She was a cosmetologist and a homemaker, gifted in needlework and crafts. She made family outfits, crocheted delicate doilies, constructed wonderful grapevine wreaths and decorations. She painted her house and kept beautiful flower gardens and loved hosting family events. She taught herself to play piano, plumb, and do carpentry projects. She enjoyed serving the community in school, PTA, church and other community activities. She loved the beach, collecting shells and bottles, traveling, and photographing nature scenes.

She is survived by family, Lynda Gail Burroughs and Aubrey Burroughs of Jamestown, NC, Brenda Hopper of Asheville and Franklin, NC, and Connie Nadine Buchanan and Dr. Daniel Caplan of Atlanta, GA; brother, Lawton Houston of Franklin, NC; in laws, Howard Buchanan (Elizabeth), Mae Buchanan, and Blanche Owens; grandsons, William Lyndon Hopper of Raleigh, NC, H. Eric Burch of Lakeville (Jill), Chadwick Isaac Hopper of Greenville, NC, Cyrus Joshua Burroughs (Madeline) of Charlotte, NC and Aubrey Jonathan Burroughs of Jamestown, NC; great grandchildren, William, Patrick, and Andrew Hopper of Raleigh; Christian, Nicholas and Harrison Hopper of Wilmington, NC. Several nieces and nephews also survive.During her extended illness she was cared for by a loving community, including "adopted daughters", Sally Hale and Vicky Dearing and caregivers who became family, Velma Franks, Janet Henson, Alice Morgan, Sun Sanders and Michelle Lee.

Funeral services will be held Friday, December 7th at 12:00 in the Chapel of Bryant Grant Funeral Home, with Rev. Ray Knowles and Rev. John Reid officiating. Burial will be in New Savannah Baptist Church Cemetery. Grandsons and great grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to New Savannah Baptist Church, P.O. Box 573, Webster, NC 28788 or to Community Advance Practice Nurses Inc., Clinics for Homeless Women and Children, 175 Boulevard NE, Atlanta, GA 30312,

The family will receive friends from 11:00 till 12:00 Friday, one hour prior to the service at the funeral home Bryant Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made at

Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on Dec. 6, 2012
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