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Belmont Mary Elizabeth Beam Gaston, 91, died peacefully on Sunday, January 22, 2012, at Gaston Memorial Hospital. A native of Iredell County, she was the daughter of the late Otis and Effie Morrow Beam, wife of the late George F. Gaston. Mary was a long-time member of East Belmont Presbyterian Church and retired from Belmont Hosiery in 1985. She was an avid reader and enjoyed spending time doing lawn work and gardening. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Dale Shelton of Gastonia, son and daughter-in-law, Ron and Joni Gaston of Belmont, grandchildren, Amanda James and husband Nick of Lincolnton, Abbey Lazarou and husband George of Gastonia, great granddaughter, Alysa Lazarou, brother-in-law, John Gaston of Wesson, MS and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by four brothers; James C. Beam and wife, Dee, Baxter Beam, Richard Beam and wife, Louise, Hal Beam and wife, Shirley. The funeral service, officiated by Rev. Joe Heffner, will be held 2:00pm, Tuesday at the Bumgardner Chapel of McLean Funeral Directors, Belmont. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Interment will be at Gaston Memorial Park. Memorials may be sent to East Belmont Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 821, Belmont, NC, 28012 or to Gaston Hospice, P.O. Box 3984, Gastonia, NC 28054. Arrangements are entrusted with McLean Funeral Directors, Belmont.

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