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Mary Lois Vereen
Mary Lois Vereen

ASH — Mrs. Mary Lois Vereen, 82, of Ash, N.C., passed away on the morning of Saturday the Oct. 22, 2016, in the SECU Lower Cape Fear Hospice Care Center, Bolivia, N.C., surrounded by her loving family.

Mary Lois was born in Columbus County, N.C., on the April, 21, 1934, to the late Rembert and Edna Smith Duncan. She shared her sewing talent with her students for over 20 years at Brunswick Community College. She also served her community at Brunswick County Parks and Recreation for over 15 years.

A lady in the truest sense of the word, she will be fondly remembered for her love and commitment to her Lord, family and her community of Exum, N.C. where she spent most of her life.

A few of her favorite hobbies were centered around happy times of “doing” for others, sewing anything she wanted, but especially her famous country curtains, cooking for her family and friends were among just a couple. Friends will certainly remember her as someone who loved her garden, had a passion for fishing, bluegrass music, love of singing all while enjoying drinking her Mountain Dews. Mary Lois was one to quietly go out of her way to help anyone who needed a little help.

Surviving are her loving husband of 63 years, James Daniel Vereen Sr.; two sons, James D. Vereen, Jr. and wife Debbie of Holden Beach, N.C., Joey D. Vereen and wife Ann of Pennsylvania; a daughter, Diane V. Alexander of Shallotte, N.C.; three brothers, Laverne Duncan and wife Wanda of Ocean Isle Beach, N.C., Jerry Duncan of Ash, N.C., Deon Duncan and wife Mylinda of Salisbury, N.C.; three sisters, Vennie Hege of Holden Beach, N.C., Rendell Heath and husband Haywood of Ash, N.C., Vesta Degler and husband Roger of Shallotte; two grandchildren, Wendy F. Douglas, Joseph Daryn Vereen; and two great-grandchildren, Lydia Douglas and Alex Douglas.

Funeral services will be conducted on Wednesday Oct. 26, 2016, at 3 p.m. at the New Life Baptist Church, Exum, N.C., where she was a longtime member. Officiating the service will be The Reverend Bob Rea and The Reverend Jason L. Benton. An interment service will follow in the church cemetery.

Friends are cordially invited to a time of visitation with the family on Wednesday, Oct. 26, from 2-3 p.m., at the New Life Baptist Church.

The family asks with gratitude that memorials be offered in her name to the SECU Lower Cape Fear Hospice Care Center, “Brunswick House” at 955 Mercy Lane, Bolivia, NC 28422 for the exceptional care shown their family.

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