Mary Wells Bunting Andrews, 86, entered into eternal peace on Wednesday, May 06, 2015 surrounded by her children and is now celebrating new life in Heaven with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
A service of celebration for Mary Wells’ life will be held at 11 am on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at Bethel United Methodist Church, followed by a brief time for the family to receive friends there at the church.
Mary Wells was born on June 6, 1928, in Bethel, NC to Hortense Wells Bunting and John Royal Burton Bunting. She graduated from Bethel High School and then Salem College where she was a voice and piano music major. Her beautiful voice is remembered by all who knew her. By the age of thirteen, she was performing in a competitive travel choir. And upon her graduation from Salem College, she was accepted at the School of Julliard. Mary Wells was a talented, gifted musician, not only with her voice but playing the piano and the organ beautifully as well. Her home, her life, was always filled with music. She was indeed a “song bird” blessed from above. She shared this gift with so many as she sang in the Centenary United Methodist Church choir in Winston Salem, NC, during her four years at Salem College and all her adult life in the Bethel United Methodist Church choir. Everyone wanted her voice to be heard in their wedding celebrations or funeral services. She even sang for several governor inaugurations in Raleigh. Mary Wells just breathed out music everywhere she went. She honored God with her voice and gave Him all the glory.
Mary Wells and Thomas Rushman Andrews, Jr. were married and had three children, Kathryn, Russ and Joan. Tom died in 1986. Years later she married Harold Thomas who died a few years ago, shortly after they had moved to Cypress Glen retirement Village. Mary Wells loved her family and her Lord! How proud she was of all her children and their spouses, which included Kathryn Thompson (Mark), Russ Andrews (Creecy), Joan Holder (Lee), and her grandchildren, John Mark Thompson (Audrey), Wells Thompson (Daphne), Mary Kathryn Nance (Joe), Rushman Andrews (Neal), Smith Andrews (Julianne), Sam Holder, plus five great grandchildren, Everette and Anna Kate Thompson, Declan Thompson, Cabel Andrews and Smith Andrews, as well as her loyal and trusted friend and sister-in-Christ, Maggie Grimes.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Bethel United Methodist Church, 3798 James St., Bethel NC 27812 or to the Finding Purpose Ministry, 3700 Computer Dr., Suite, 340 Raleigh, NC, 27609, started by her son, Russ.
The family would like to express their heartfelt appreciation for the professional attention as well as the kindness and compassion of Dr. Renee M. Banaszac, M.D., Vidant Health and the ever present, loving Hospice team. And our deepest gratitude goes out to our “seven angels”, Elaine, Josephine, Carolyn, Shaneka, Renita, Lillie and Delores who so lovingly took care of our mom for the last four years.
We will all never forget this beautiful, elegant, Godly lady who graced our lives in so many ways for as long as she lived! We will remember her spirit, her voice, her love of family, her love of Christ, her elegance through all events, her resilience in times of trial. She was a survivor. She rose to the occasion always! She fought the good fight!
Arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home & Crematory, Greenville.
Online condolences at www.wilkersonfuneralhome.com