Mary Anne Cromer Stone passed away on April 27, 2015 due to complications from Parkinson’s Disease. She was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina on August 25, 1927 to Grace Bynum Cromer and Clarence Franklin Cromer. She was raised in Winston-Salem and attended R.J. Reynolds High School. She was predeceased by her husband of 30 years Robert Lee Stone, Jr. who died in 1978.
Mary Anne attended Randolph Macon Women’s College and graduated from Duke University in 1947. She was a member and past president of the Durham Junior League and the House and Garden Club. She was a past president of the Durham Nursery School Association and served on the Caring House board. Mary Anne was an avid reader and enjoyed golf, tennis and bridge as well as traveling nationally and internationally. She loved the North Carolina mountains and coast, and especially the times spent with her family.
While a member of Watts Street Baptist Church, Mary Anne taught Sunday School, was Chair of the Board of Deacons and started and directed the Christmas Moravian Love Feast for fifteen years. Later, as a member of Epworth United Methodist Church, she was Chair of the Martha Society and the Care Group.
Survivors include her three daughters - Marian Stone Lacy (Dudley), Ellen DeWitt Stone, and Carolyn Stone Davenport (David) - all of Durham; five grandchildren - Anne Lacy Gialanella (Matt) and Julia Lacy Gaylord (Jesse) of Washington, DC, Zachary Stone Davenport of New York City, Ellen Elizabeth Davenport of Raleigh and Anna Lee Stone of Durham; one great grandchild, Logan Stone Gialanella and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sister, DeWitt Cromer Cordell.
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A memorial service will be held at Epworth United Methodist Church at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 30th. The family will receive friends in the Fellowship Hall at 2:00 p.m.
The family would like to thank the staff of The Forest at Duke and Mary Anne’s loyal companions. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Epworth United Methodist Church, 3002 Hope Valley Road, Durham NC 27707, the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Donation Processing, PO Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741 or to a charity of your choice.
Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home is assisting the Stone family. Online condolences may be submitted to www.howertonbryan.com select obituaries.