Mary Anderson
1925 - 2019
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Mary Lee Anderson

December 29, 1925 - February 21, 2019


Mary Lee Anderson, 93, died on Thursday, February 21, 2019. She was born in Grifton, NC, to Harry Lee Wethington and Mary Elizabeth Patrick Wethington.

After graduation from Meredith College in Raleigh, she went on to a life of public service. She taught school briefly in Edgecombe County, and then she became a social worker, first in Edgecombe County and later in Wake County. She served as a child welfare social worker in Wake County and then went on to manage the adoption program there. She earned a Masters of Social Work from UNC Chapel Hill. She later worked at the NC Division of Social Services. Her focus on protecting children and serving families was reflected in the training programs and policies that she produced.

Mary Lee married Charles Noel Anderson of Edgecombe County on August 14, 1949. They lived in Raleigh until his death in 1984.

She is survived by her brother Charles Alan Wethington and his wife, Zelda; her daughter, Sara Anderson Mims and husband Chip Mims of Raleigh; granddaughter, Brittany Hanson (Daniel) Wilson; son, Charles Noel Anderson, Jr. and wife Marsha of Cary; grandson, Charles Noel (Ashley) Anderson III; granddaughters Lindsay (Curtis) Haynie and Laurie (Gerhard) Ottehenning. Mary Lee also left behind four great-granddaughters and six great-grandsons, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Services will be held on Friday, March 1, 2019, at 3:00 at Saint Paul's Episcopal Church, 221 Union Street, Cary, NC. A reception will follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Saint Paul's Episcopal Church, which supports many of Mary Lee's dearest charities.

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Published in The News and Observer on Feb. 25, 2019.
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February 28, 2019
She was a sweet lady and I know this is a difficult time. Please know my prayers are with you all.
Karl Smith
February 26, 2019
May your mother' s memories give you peace and comfort during this difficult time. Trust in knowing that earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal.
Patricia Hutchins
February 25, 2019
PLease accept my condolence. May the God of comfort bring peace to the family.
Brenda Walton
February 25, 2019
Psalm 90:10 says that the days of our years are 70 years, And if because of special mightiness they are 80 years.
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