Mary Winn Beam, of Wilmington, died May 29, 2015, at Lower Cape Fear Hospice. She was 96.
She was born Oct. 19, 1921, in Kinston and spent most of her life there before moving to Plantation Village in Wilmington to make new friends and begin a new chapter of her life.
She was a true southern lady who remained lifelong friends with her childhood companions. She was a teacher, librarian and true student of history and genealogy. She and others spent many years working for a modern library in Kinston and the opening of the new facility on Queen Street was one of her proudest moments. She was a founding member and active participant in Spilman Baptist Church. When she moved to Wilmington her many friends at First Presbyterian Church welcomed her with open arms.
Mary Winn’s inherent goodness was something her family took for granted. She never complained, never criticized and was grateful for every morning God gave her. Her influence on her family will make each of us better every day that we live. Her positive attitude kept our whole family focused on living each day and not being distracted by things that cannot be changed. We are much better people because of her love and guidance and will miss her constantly.
Mary Winn was the daughter of William Asbury Moore and Isabelle McKenzie Moore, both of who preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her sister, Frances Moore Chadwick and her husband, Francis Martin Beam in 1996 after 54 years of marriage. Their marriage of six weeks was interrupted by WWII when her new husband was shipped overseas and he returned three years later.
Her surviving family are her sons, Marty (Martha) and Bill (Anne) and grandchildren, Buck (Caroline), Will (Heather), Ali (Carlos), Mary Margaret (Sean) and Cliff (Liz). Her great-grandchildren, Winn, Mercer, Carlos, William, Beau and Wayland, will also have fond memories of this very special lady.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 31, 2015, at First Presbyterian Church in Wilmington.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Kinston Public Library or the First Presbyterian Church in Wilmington.
Please leave online condolences for the family at Andrews Mortuary.
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