Mary Lois Stroud
Mary Lois Stroud
  • September 16, 1928 - April 15, 2017
  • Raleigh, North Carolina

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Mary Lois Stroud, age 88, passed away peacefully on Saturday morning, April 15, 2017 in the comfort of her home. Born in Wayne County, NC on September 16, 1928; she was one of nine children of the late William Arthur Crawford and Bettie Cooke Crawford. Mary Lois received her degree from Southwestern University in Oklahoma City and Holmes Bible College in Greenville, SC. She retired from the NC State Housing Finance Agency and was an active part of the family business - Signature Pillows.

Affectionately known as "Mama", Mary Lois will be remembered by her son, Tim Stroud, of Raleigh; two daughters, Christy Stroud, of Raleigh and Susan Stroud Queen and son-in-law, Harrell Queen, of Raleigh; three grandchildren, Lindsey and Lauren Queen and Mary Hannah Mitchell; a sister, Myrtle Mooring Watson, of Wilson; and by many other family and friends.

Mama lived her life through these words - "You make a living with what you get but you make a life with what you give".

She was preceded in death by her husband, the late Billy Ervin Stroud in 1992 and by four brothers and three sisters.

Family will receive friends on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 from 1-2 pm at Mitchell Funeral Home (7209 Glenwood Avenue), with Funeral Services, officiated by Dr. James Seymour, to begin at 2 pm in the funeral home chapel. Interment will follow at Raleigh Memorial Park.

Memorials may be made to the North Haven Church Building Fund - 6620 Six Forks Road - Raleigh, NC 27609.