Smithfield: Obituaries

May 28, 2014

Mary Frances Bingham

Mary Frances Bingham, 93, died peacefully at her home on May 21, 2014.

Born on March 19, 1921 in Lakeland, Florida, she was the daughter of the late Charles Elbert and Meta Lunceford Bingham. Mary lived in Denver, Colorado from age two until 1933 when, with her parents, she returned to Smithfield, NC, their hometown. She attended grades 7 through 11, graduating from Smithfield High School in 1937. She then attended Flora MacDonald College in Red Springs, NC until 1941, graduating with a BA degree, major in English, minor in Latin. From September 1941 until January 1943 Mary was a stenographic clerk, Army Quartermaster Corps, Fort Bragg, NC; from January 1943 to June 1943, she was chief clerk, Army Signal Corps, Arlington, VA; from 1943 to 1979 she worked for Eastern Airlines in Washington, DC, New York, NY, and Raleigh-Durham, NC, rising from Reservations Sales Agent through various supervisory capacities to Manager, City Ticket Offices at retirement. Mary retired to Smithfield, living in the Bingham family home place.

Funeral services will be conducted on Sunday, May 25, 2014 at 3:00 PM at Centenary United Methodist Church. Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the church in Wesley Hall from 2:00 PM until 3:00 PM prior to the service.

Surviving are three nieces: Carol Bingham Kenner of Jeffersonville, IN; Betty Bingham Toole and husband Fred of Smithfield, NC; Frances Bingham Mueller of Alexandria, VA; numerous great nieces and great nephews.

She is preceded in death by her brother, James C. Bingham.

The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to her devoted caregivers: Edna Freud, Dina Thomas, Jamie Vega, Karen Pacheco, Tamara Bachelder, and Sarah Bachelder. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Centenary United Methodist Church, or to the Public Library of Johnston County in Smithfield, or to the charity of one’s choice.

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