Mary Ellen Lawrence Dean died April 19, 2013 at the Montclair Park Memory Care Home after a long illness. She was the daughter of Lida Vestal Lawence and Nathan Mathewson Lawrence of Smithfield and Raleigh, NC and the widow of Jess Willard Dean.
Prior to her retirement in 1975 Mary Ellen was secretary to the editor of North Carolina Education, house organ of the North Carolina Association of Educators, Raleigh, NC.
Surviving are a son, Willard Lawrence Dean and wife Leslie from Santa Monica, CA, granddaughter, Jennifer Ellen Dean from New York City, NY, and son Hugh Parker Dean and wife Janet from Shreveport, LA, granddaughter Holly Ellen Dean from League City, TX.
Graveside services will be conducted by the Reverend William D. Bennett, Jr., Associate Rector of the Church of Good Shepherd on May 18, 2013 at 1:30PM, at Raleigh Memorial Park. The family requests in lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Church of Good Shepherd, Thompson Children’s Home, PO BOX 25129, Charlotte, NC 28229 or the charity of your choice.