Mary Rice Stafford, age 90, of Spruce Pine, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, November 27th, 2019 at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital. A native of Mitchell County, she was a daughter of the late Oscar and Ada Greene Rice. She was also preceded in death by a son, Billy Joe Stafford, grandson, Thomas Stafford; son-in-law, Johnnie Lowery; sisters: Lilly Rice and Thelma Sparks; and brothers: Amos, Willie, and Cecil Rice. Mary worked for a number years at Baxter's until her retirement. She was a member of Berry Chapel Baptist Church who loved going to the Senior Center, doing crafts, quilting, exercise and going on trips with friends from the Senior Center.
Surviving is her daughter, Judy Lowery of Spruce Pine; daughter-in-law, Ethel Miller Stafford of Spruce Pine; sister, Mattie Sparks of Bakersville; grandchildren: Stephanie Hughes (James), Dewayne Lowery, Scotty Lowery (Jenny), Sarah Clark (Randy) and Rachel Stafford, all of Spruce Pine; great-grandchildren: Britney Hughes (Austin Hicks), Harley Hughes, Rylie Hughes, Haley Hughes, Austin Ledford, Autumn Lowery, Lochlen Lowery, James Clark, and Samuel Clark; and a great, great-grandchild, Skylar Hicks.
Funeral Services will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, December 1st at Berry Chapel Baptist Church with Pastor Steve Williams to officiate. The family will receive friends from 2 until 3 p.m. prior to the services. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
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