Mary Malone Wootten, of Wilmington, died of natural causes on Oct. 5, 2015, at the age of 94.
Mary was a graduate of New Hanover High School. She had a career in the Wilmington office of Shell Oil Company and later in life, she was a teaching assistant in New Hanover County schools. She was a member of the Carolina Yacht Club in Wrightsville Beach. Mary wrote poetry, created visual art and took care of her beloved feral rescue cats. Mary had a sense of humor that delighted friends and family.
She attended St. James Episcopal Church, where she also sang in the choir. Her family had a relationship with the church for decades. Mary’s great-grandmother, Lucy Anna Bradley, was the first bride married at St. James. Mary herself was born at the Wootten home on South Third Street, next to St. James, where she was later baptized and confirmed.
She is survived by her brother, Edward Wootten and nieces and nephews, Anne Russell, Leila Garriss, Diane Halpin, Susan Royder, Janet Bunge, Laura Wolfe, Janet Wootten, Bradley Wootten, John Wootten and Missy Aslund.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Ruth James Wootten; sisters, Leila Wootten Miller and Eliza Wootten Royder; and brother, Bradley Wootten.
Funeral services have not yet been arranged.
Special thanks to Joe Needham, Mary’s friend who has taken care of the cats while Mary has been hospitalized.
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