Mary Tennent

KANNAPOLIS - Mary Frances Stiff Tennent, 91, passed away Jan. 8, 2013, at Gaston Memorial Hospital.

A funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Saturday at Lady's Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Ann Vinson will officiate.

Interment will follow at Carolina Memorial Park in Kannapolis.

The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Lady's Funeral Home prior to the service.

Mrs. Tennent was born June 12, 1921, in Tallapoosa County, Ala., daughter of the late Rev. Eugene Stiff and Mary Agnes Lancaster Stiff.

She was educated in the Cabarrus County School System. Mary Frances grew up in the depression and as a child picked cotton in Virgina. She loved to read and have a good cup of coffee and as a child enjoyed her travels all over the country with her family.
She retired as a hemmer from Cannon Mills. She was a member of Centerview Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Walter Neal Fryer Jr.; second husband James Tennent
Sr.; daughter, Joyce Ann Livengood; two brothers, Russell Stiff and Paul Whitley; and step-mother, Mary Brumley Stiff.

Mrs. Tennent is survived by her three daughters, Jeanette Fryer of Gastonia, Mary Agnes Ross and husband Bill of Duluth, GA and Lisa Diane Baildon and husband Jerry of Raleigh; son, Larry Michael Fryer of Hawaii; two brothers, Gene Stiff of Rock Hill, SC and
Earl Stiff of Tenn.; twelve grandchildren and many great grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the , 1901 Brunswick Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28207 or the Humane Society of
Concord and Greater Cabarrus County, 2010 Wilshire Court, SW, Concord, NC 28025.

Remembrances for the family may be made to www.ladysfuneralhome.com.

Lady's Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family of Mrs. Tennent.

Published in Gaston Gazette on Jan. 12, 2013