Mary Anne Baker Bar­bour

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Mary Anne died Jan­uary 3, 2019. She was born in Wil­son, NC on Oc­to­ber 1, 1932 and was the daugh­ter of the late Har­vey Lawrence Baker and Bertha Lu­cille Cone Baker. Mary Anne was a de­scen­dant of many pi­o­neer fam­i­lies of John­ston, Nash, Franklin, and Edge­combe coun­ties. Her grand­par­ents were John Quincy Baker and Cor­nelia Thomp­son Baker and Daniel Ed­ward Cone and Mary Dodd Cone. When she was nine years old her fam­ily moved to Four Oaks, NC where she grew up and was a mem­ber of the Four Oaks High School Class of 1950. Mary Anne al­ways spoke of her love for her small town up­bring­ing and her es­teem for its cit­i­zens.

In 1953 Mary Anne mar­ried Marion Dur­wood Bar­bour and they moved to Raleigh where they lived for 66 years, the last at the Oaks of Whi­taker Glen. They were the proud par­ents of two sons, Steven Dur­wood born in 1958 and Ash­ley Reid in 1960.

Mary Anne al­ways had a life­long de­sire to learn and pur­sued knowl­edge through self study and travel. She loved the English lan­guage and was al­ways fas­ci­nated with the writ­ten word. She was an avid fam­ily his­to­rian and traced the ori­gins of many ma­ter­nal and pa­ter­nal fam­i­lies. Also, she as­sisted many oth­ers with their fam­ily re­search and in 2009 do­nated a large col­lec­tion of her work to the John­ston County Her­itage Cen­ter. Her hob­bies were trav­el­ing, read­ing, the­ater, col­lect­ing an­tiques and play­ing bridge.

Mary Anne worked at Na­tion­wide In­surance Com­pany in the early 1950’s but spent the ma­jor­ity of her work­ing years with the Wake County Pub­lic School Sys­tem. She re­tired in 1992 as Of­fice Man­ager for the De­part­ment of Spe­cial Pro­grams. This was a very im­por­tant part of her life and she loved her work and the peo­ple with whom she worked.

Mary Anne was a Methodist and for more than fifty years a mem­ber of Longview United Methodist Church. In 1999 she trans­ferred to Eden­ton Street United Methodist Church where she was a mem­ber at the time of her death. She was a mem­ber of the Foundry Sun­day School Class and United Methodist Women Cir­cle II. She was a life­long Demo­crat (proudly).

Vis­i­ta­tion will be held Thurs­day, Jan­uary 10, at Bryan-Lee Fu­neral Home, 831 Wake For­est Rd, Raleigh, NC 27604 from 6 – 8 pm. Fu­neral ser­vices will be held Fri­day, Jan­uary 11, at 228 W Eden­ton St., Raleigh, NC 27603 at 2 pm. Burial im­me­di­ately fol­low­ing in His­toric Oak­wood Ceme­tery, 701 Oak­wood Ave., Raleigh NC 27601.

She was pre­ceded in death by her hus­band, Marion Dur­wood Bar­bour; her par­ents; her sis­ter, Aza­lee Baker Sain; and her niece, Pamela Sain Mor­ton. She is sur­vived by her son, Steven Dur­wood Bar­bour and wife Phyl­lis Black­burn Bar­bour; son, Dr. Ash­ley Reid Bar­bour; grand­daugh­ters, Ash­ley Kris­ten Bar­bour and Claire Is­ley Bar­bour; brother Lawrence Erick (Butch) Baker and wife Maria Men­dez Baker; and spe­cial niece, Vic­to­ria (Vicki) Sain Teachey.

If any­one wishes to con­trib­ute to a me­mo­rial, please send to the John­ston County Her­itage Cen­ter, Mary Anne Baker Bar­bour Col­lec­tion, PO Box 2709, Smith­field, NC 27577.

On­line con­do­lences may be made to the fam­ily at www. bryan-lee­fu­ner­al­

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