Mary Dorathea Willson Noftsger

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October 14, 1914 – April 8, 2014
Born in Blue Hill, Nebraska, Mary was the daughter of Dora and George Willson. She attended kindergarten thru high school in Blue Hill, where she enjoyed sports and being in the high school pep club. Mary was baptized and confirmed in St. Paul Lutheran Church, Blue Hill, Nebraska and also in First Presbyterian Church in Hastings, Nebraska. She graduated from Hastings Presbyterian College in Hastings, Nebraska where she received her letter, sweater and blanket in college sports. Other colleges Mary attended were Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, Atlantic Christian College in Wilson, N.C. and East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C. Mary taught in the public schools for 30 years. She taught in Nebraska, Colorado, Iowa as well as North Carolina. For three years she had Miss Mary's Kindergarten in the Spilman Baptist Church before North Carolina had kindergarten in the public schools. Max and Mary were married in the First Presbyterian Church in Hastings, Nebraska. Max had returned from the United States Air Force where he was a pilot and captain in the Flying Tigers. Max and Mary loved to travel. They took a riverboat cruise from Amsterdam to Vienna, a paddlewheel boat down the Mississippi along with a Caribbean cruise. They enjoyed visiting countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, South and Central America and all 50 states in the U.S. Max and Mary attended many Flying Tiger Conventions and also Memorial Day Ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C. Max and Mary loved to fish from their yacht in the Atlantic Ocean and enjoyed spending time at their condo in Atlantic Beach. Mary was a member of Chi Omega Psi Sorority, University Women's Club, City Women's Club, The U.S. Power Squadron Boating Club and a member of the retired school personnel. She enjoyed music (composed and wrote lyrics to the Southwood School Song and the Power Squadron Boating Song), oil painting, needle crafts, gardening, writing short stories and poetry, sports, boating and fishing both in ponds and ocean. As a child a tornado took their farm house and outbuildings. She and her family were safe inside a cement cave when the tornado hit. Her life was also spared when her house caught on fire due to a tree that fell on the power line going into their home. She also lived through the 1930 dust storms, the Great Depression, and World War II. Mary is proceeded in death by her parents, George and Dora Willson, her husband Max Noftsger, and three sisters, Pauline Willson Elliott, Eunice Willson Weingart, and Elizabeth Willson Cieloha and a nephew, David Weingart. She is survived by a half sister, Marjorie Lockhart of Bladen, Nebraska, and a sister-in-law Virginia Patterson of Whittier, California, three nieces, Kathryn/Gary Kile of Hastings, Nebraska, Meri/Joe Boosel of Noblesville, Indiana and Sue Elliott of Olympia, Washington, and a nephew Philip/Barbara Weingart of Santa Ana, California. She also has 11 great nieces and nephews and 24 great-great nieces and nephews. Mary is a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Denver, Colorado and currently attends the First Presbyterian Church of Kinston, N.C. Contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Kinston, N.C. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday April 12, 2014, at the First Presbyterian Church of Kinston in the chapel with Dr. Wanda Neely officiating. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at Columbia Cemetery in Columbia, Iowa with the Pastor Brent Hanna of the First United Methodist Church officiating. Arrangements are with Edwards Funeral Home. Sign the guest book at kinston.com (Paid obituary)
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702 North Queen Street Kinston, NC 28501
(252) 527-1123
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Published in Free Press on Apr. 11, 2014
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