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9/16/2020 6:28:00 PM
Mary Lelia Houser Abernethy
April 4, 1926 - September 15, 2020

VALE, N.C. - Mary Lelia Houser Abernethy, age 94, of Abernethy Farm Road in Vale passed away on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at her home surrounded by her children.

Rev. Tommy Lineberger will officiate at a graveside service to be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 19, 2020 at Trinity Lutheran Church Cemetery followed by the Eastern Star Funeral Ceremony. The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Friday, September 18, 2020 at the Lincoln County Shrine Club. Social distancing and face masks are required. Her body will lie in state from 12 p.m. until 4 p.m. Friday at Warlick Funeral Home. The family will not be present.

Mrs. Abernethy was born on April 4, 1926 and was the daughter of the late Claude Monroe and Nannie Coon Houser. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Robert Earl Abernethy, Jr.; her son-in-law, Ken Hoyle; two brothers, Frank Houser and James Houser; and her sister, Pauline Schronce.

Mrs. Abernethy is survived by her children, Renee Hoyle of Vale, Robert “Bob” E. Abernethy III of Vale and Randy Abernethy and wife Brenda of Vale; three grandchildren, Dawn Wilson and husband Shane, Crystal Dean and husband Eddie, and Johnny Lail and wife Tonya; six great-grandchildren, Kelsey Pump and husband Taylor, Marissa Wilson, Logan Dean, Lyric Auston and husband Dylan, Brandon Lail, and Abby Lail; three great-great-grandchildren, Andrew Pump, Addilynn Pump and Immerson Auston; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Abernethy was the matriarch for both sides of the family and served as historian for the community. She was well known for her vast historical knowledge and as a resource for the genealogy of numerous local families. As a devoted and active member of Trinity Lutheran Church, she served in many roles throughout the years, including Sunday School teacher, vacation bible school teacher, director of weeknight church school, lifetime member of WELCA (Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America), and as a bloodmobile volunteer. She was a loving stay at home mother whose priorities were her children, husband, family activities and caring for the farm and community members. Mrs. Abernethy was a dedicated member of the Order of the Eastern Star since 1972, where she served in many capacities including Worthy Matron for multiple terms. She also enjoyed participating in various community activities and fundraising for the Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, PO Box 7, Vale, NC 28168 or to the Shriners Hospitals for Children, ℅ The Lincoln County Shrine Club, 1470 Cat Square Road, Vale, NC 28168.

Warlick Funeral Home of Lincolnton, N.C. is serving the Abernethy family.

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