Mary D. Heywood Armistead

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CHARLOTTE — Mary D. Heywood Armistead of Charlotte died Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018, at The Stewart Health Center of the Cypress of Charlotte.

She was born May 19, 1924, in Biltmore Forest, North Carolina, the daughter of the late Harvey Merrick and Jane Stanback Heywood. She was a graduate of Mount Vernon Seminary for Girls in Washington, D.C., and Pine Manor Junior College, Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts. She also attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York.

Mary D. and her husband, John, moved to Charlotte in 1958. She was active in the Junior League where, recognizing the need in the community to bring arts and theater to young children, she approached developing a theater program focused on children. With League support, the Children's Theater was created; Mary D. remained involved in it for years.

Mary D. was active in Christ Episcopal Church, where she taught Sunday School and was a Girl Scout Leader. In addition, she was active in the Mint Museum Auxiliary and served in the Crisis Assistance Outreach Program. Mary D. was a member of the Mayflower Society and the Mecklenburg Committee of the Colonial Dames, where she served as state vice president for the Western Division of North Carolina, and as the statewide patriotic service chair.

She loved gardening, playing bridge and, most important, spending time with family and friends. She was especially devoted to her grandchildren.

Mary D. is survived by her daughter, Susan Heywood Armistead of Charlotte; son John Lucas Armistead III and his wife, Julie Hancock Armistead of Charlotte; grandson John Lucas "Luke" Armistead IV and two granddaughters, Margaret "Meg" McCory Armistead and Catherine Heywood Armistead; nieces Suzanne Heywood Miller (Chuck) and Mary Martin Witt (Dale).

Mary D. was preceded in death by her husband, John Lucas Armistead Jr., and her brother, Harvey Merrick Heywood.

Special thanks and gratitude go to Mary D.'s loving caregivers from Compassionate Care of Charlotte: Tammie Cherry, Paula Gregory, Eileen Patoka, Irina Shikula, Ilene Simmons and Jackie Vinson, and the nurses and nursing assistants at the Stewart Health Center, as well as Hospice & Palliative Care, Charlotte Region.

A service to celebrate Mary D.'s life will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018. in the Community Room of the Cypress of Charlotte. The Rev. Lisa Saunders will officiate. A reception will follow. Burial will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018, at Calvary Church Cemetery, Fletcher, North Carolina.

Memorials may be made to Christ School, 500 Christ School Road, Arden, NC 28074; The Salvation Army of Greater Charlotte, 4015 Stuart Andrew Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28217; or to Hospice & Palliative Care, Charlotte Region, P.O. Box 470408, Charlotte, NC 28247.

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204; 704- 641-7606. Online condolences may be shared at

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Published in Richmond County Daily Journal from Aug. 29 to Aug. 30, 2018
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