Mary Ann's Story

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Mary Ann Willoughby passed away Friday, January 20, 2017. The family will receive visitors from 6 - 8 p.m. on Monday, January 23, at Hanes Lineberry, 515 N. Elm St. Greensboro. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, January 24, at Mount Pisgah United Methodist Church, 2600 Pisgah Church Rd, Greensboro, followed by a receiving of guests.
Mary Ann was born the first of three daughters to Ernest and Louise Worsham on April 5, 1935, in Hancock County, Georgia. She attended Peabody High, Milledgeville, GA, and earned an Associates degree in Library Sciences from Clayton Jr. College (GA). She worked at Duke University Library from the late-1970s until retiring in the mid-1990s. She was a member of Mount Pisgah United Methodist Church, Greensboro, NC.
She was preceded in death by her parents and by her sister, Bettie Perkins Mosley. She is survived by her husband, Larry P. Willoughby, her daughter, Kathryn Willoughby Weed, her son, David P. Willoughby, his wife, Rebecca, and their daughters, Lauren and Sarah. Also surviving are sister Rebecca Thomas and nephews and niece: Graham Thomas, Paul Perkins, Karen Perkins Lattuada, and their families.
Mary Ann met Larry when they were teenagers working at Rose's Department Store in Milledgeville. Their courtship often consisted of church youth gatherings, walks, and time spent on her front porch swing. She said of their courtship, "I was too young and too stupid to realize at the time what a good man I had found. I just thought he was handsome. I have since recognized my good fortune." They were married 62 wonderful years, renewing their vows on their 50th anniversary with children and grandchildren present.
Prim and proper, Mary Ann valued good manners and abhorred rudeness and vulgarity. She was known for her love of books, cats, and shoes. She loved genealogy research, history (especially British history), Irish music, and the ballet. She passed her love of books, history and the arts to her children and granddaughters.
She valued education, earning her degree in her middle years, and it was important to her that her children pursue higher education. She was proud to have produced in her children a preacher and a teacher. Whether at home or out to eat, she was known to value a good cup of coffee and anything sweet, often going straight to dessert before the rest of her meal. A highlight of her later years was taking her granddaughters to high tea.
Memorial contributions may be made to Mount Pisgah United Methodist Church, designated for the VBS Program.
Online condolences may be made at www.haneslineberryfuneralhomes.com.
Published on January 23, 2017
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