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Marion Lee Stovall Blythe

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Marion Lee Stovall Blythe, 93, formerly of Champions Assisted Living at Porter's Neck, Wilmington, NC, died peacefully Thursday, March 5, 2009 at Davis Health Care Center.

Mrs. Blythe was born in Forsythe County, NC on August 5, 1915, the daughter of the late John Reed and Mildred Payne Stovall.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Cloyd Eubanks Blythe, who died in 2001.

She is survived by her "marvelous ten" children: Migene Rappe and husband Michael of Charlotte, NC; Rolland Lee Blythe and wife Mary of Columbia, SC; Judy Odom and husband Rick of Carolina Beach, NC; Barbara Blythe of Charlotte, NC; Jack Blythe and wife Judy of Huntersville, NC; Betty Gast and husband Dale of Hickory, NC; Harry Blythe and wife Jane of Charlotte, NC, Princess Mehder of Lake Wylie, SC; Herbert Blythe of Atlanta, GA; and Libby Tamson and husband Rick of Wilmington, NC. She also leaves a legacy of twenty-two grandchildren, twenty-four great grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister Ruth Price of Davis Health Care Center, Wilmington, NC and her brother Don Stovall and wife Doris of Winston Salem, NC.

Mrs. Blythe graduated from Salem College, Winston Salem, NC, after which she taught at Long Creek Elementary School in Mecklenburg County. It was there that she met her husband, Banks Blythe. In 1962 she founded the first private kindergarten in Mecklenburg County, the Little Peoples School, which operated for 38 years with Christ as the guiding focus, and included day care.

Marion and Banks retired to Palm Coast, FL, in 1976, where she continued active participation in education and church activities. In 1996 they returned to their home state to reside at Plantation Village Retirement Community in Wilmington, NC.

Mrs. Blythe was a pillar of spiritual strength who knew Jesus as a personal friend and savior. Her home was always open as she helped raise several foster children and the table always had room for whoever showed up at meal time. No matter where she lived, she was always active in church in many capacities. She had the gift of music which included singing in the choir, playing piano and organ and teaching herself to play the accordion. Generations of people will be impacted because of her faith and Godly beliefs that she lived and actively shared in many ways.

A memorial service will be held at 12:30 pm Sunday, March 8, 2009 at Wesleyan Chapel United Methodist Church on Highway 17 in Scotts Hill, NC. A second memorial service will be held at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Huntersville, NC, where her cremains will be interred with those of her late husband.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Lower Cape Fear Hospice at 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401.

Coble Ward-Smith Funeral and Cremation Service, Oleander Chapel, 791-4444.

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Published in the Wilmington Star-News on Mar. 7, 2009
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