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Asheville - Mary "Sue" Durham Sessler died, Thursday, March 13, 2014, at Brooks-Howell Home. Born September 2, 1924, she was a native of Chapel Hill, NC and the daughter of the late Carl Thomas and Margaret Whitsett Durham. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Williard "Bill" Mangus Sessler, and an infant daughter.
She studied at Women's College of Greensboro and worked in the Office of Admissions at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Sue and Bill moved to Asheville in 1950. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church where she served as a teacher, deacon, elder, Stephen Minister and was the recipient of a life membership in Presbyterian Women (PCUSA). A lifelong volunteer, she gave her time and effort to her children's schools, her church, Mission Hospital, Brooks-Howell Home and various civic groups. A natural caregiver, she was devoted in using that gift in caring for family and friends.
She is survived by her children, Mark Sessler and his wife Ann of Charlotte, Peggy Swann and her husband Jerry of Anderson, SC, and Susan Sessler of Charlotte; grandchildren, Brian Swann, Valerie Swann, Elizabeth Sessler, Mary Ayala and husband Victor, and Bill Sessler; sisters, Peggy Wall of Greenville, SC and Anne Novak and husband Bob of Durham, NC. She was also preceded in death by a sister Celia Murray and brother Carl Durham.
A memorial service will be held at First Presbyterian Church, Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 11:00 AM, with Rev. Dr. Mark Burnham officiating. The family will receive friends following the service in the Wallace Foyer.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 40 Church Street, Asheville, NC 28801; Brooks-Howell Home, 266 Merrimon Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801; or
Morris Funeral Home, 304 Merrimon Ave., is assisting the family. Condolences may be sent through our website www.morrisfamilyfuneralhome.com.
Morris Funeral Home
304 Merrimon Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801
Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on Mar. 16, 2014