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 Mary Jane <I>Strayhorn</I> Garrard Whitaker

Mary Jane Strayhorn Garrard Whitaker

Durham County, North Carolina, USA
Death 1 Dec 2011 (aged 94-95)
Camden, Knox County, Maine, USA
Burial Durham, Durham County, North Carolina, USA
Memorial ID 81549844 · View Source
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Mary Jane Strayhorn Garrard Whitaker passed away in Camden, Maine on December 1, 2011, at the age of 95. She had just celebrated a joyful Thanksgiving with her family and was able to say goodbye to many of those who loved her.

Born, raised, and schooled in Durham, Mary Jane married Lewis G. Garrard (1913 - 1971) in 1937 and moved to New Jersey to raise a family with him. Eleven years after Lewis passed away, she married H. Baron Whitaker (1913 - 1999). With Baron, she returned to Sanford, North Carolina, where they shared an active and loving retirement.

Mary Jane was a stylish and graceful hostess, a guardian of classified documents at Bell Laboratories, an avid follower of politics and current events, a lifelong Presbyterian, and a lover of travel, food, and bridge.

Mary Jane was a dedicated mother to her son William (Bill) Garrard (1941-1962), her daughter Anne Garrard McMath, and her son-in-law Jonathan C. McMath. She was a devoted grandmother to J. Christopher McMath and Stacey Cooper McMath and to their respective spouses, Kalley McMath and Avi Glickstein. She had a special place in her heart for Baron's three sons Dwight, Lynn, and Keith, and their spouses and children.

A graveside service will be offered 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 6th in Old Maplewood Cemetery

Durham Herald-Sun, Dec 5, 2011

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 81549844
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Mary Jane Strayhorn Garrard Whitaker (1916–1 Dec 2011), Find A Grave Memorial no. 81549844, citing Maplewood Cemetery, Durham, Durham County, North Carolina, USA ; Maintained by RTerry (contributor 46537864) .