Mary Cary


JONESBOROUGH Mary Cary passed away on Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012, in her sons home at the wonderful age of 97.She was predeceased by her loving husband, John, who she met while attending Purdue University. They were blessed with 73 years of marriage during which they enjoyed many activities together. Chief among these were helping others, working in the church, gardening, golf and dance.Mary had a contagious smile and a zest for living and was the happiest when being with friends. She was born and raised in Mississippi where she graduated from Sunflower Junior College. With her husband, she eventually settled in Dayton, Tenn., where together they raised a family and operated a business partnership with her brother for over 32 years. Upon retirement, Mary and John moved to Fairfield Glade, Tenn, where they made many new friends that they so enjoyed.Survivors include her three children, Dr. Elizabeth Cary, Jackson, Miss., Col. (Retired) John R. (Bob) Cary Jr., Telford, Tenn., and Margie Lineberry, of Asheville, N.C. In addition, she has six grandchildren (Susan, Teresa, Elizabeth, John III, Neil and Mary Beth) and eight great-grandchildren.Funeral services will be conducted at the Vanderwall Funeral Home in Dayton, at noon today, Oct. 2, 2012.The family will receive friends following the service.Interment will be in the family plot at Rhea Memory Gardens in Dayton.In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions in memory of Mary be made to your local church family.Please share your memories of Mary on her on-line guest register at

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