Almarie H. McCrery

Published 9:32 am Thursday, August 18, 2016

GREENVILLE – Almarie Hughes McCrery, 89, passed away peacefully Monday, August 15, 2016 at Cypress Glen Retirement Community in Greenville, NC, where she has resided the last five years.

The funeral service will be held Friday at 11 a.m. in the Wilkerson Funeral Chapel in Greenville. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 10 to 11 a.m. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery in Colerain, NC at 2:30 p.m. on Friday.

Born in Colerain, NC on November 26, 1926, Almarie was the daughter of Whittie C. Hughes and Tommie Keeter Hughes. She lived the majority of her life in Colerain, where she raised her family. She was enthusiastically involved in community affairs, including Bridge Club, Civic League, and Cub Scouts. Almarie had a strong interest in historical events and memorabilia and proudly assisted in maintaining the Colerain Museum. She was an active and devoted member of the Colerain United Methodist Church for more than eighty years. Always an avid garden enthusiast, in her later years, Almarie earned the coveted title of Master Gardener from NC State University.

Almarie will be remembered for her spontaneous smile, positive attitude, and passionate love of family and friends. She cherished holidays and special family celebrations and was always a joyful cook and hostess, serving memorable meals to all who visited her table.

Almarie was preceded in death by her husband, Franklin McCrery; her beloved daughter, Marguerite; and her five brothers, Charles, Clyde, Hubert, Royall, and Marshall Hughes.

She is survived by her son, Ralph B. McCrery and wife, Brenda; grandchildren, Robb McCrery, Joshua McCrery, and Shannon M. Lee and husband, Josh; several great-grandchildren; sister, Margaret Mae Hughes Waters; and several nieces and nephews.

She is also survived by her faithful friend and companion, Barney Jones of Cypress Glen. Barney’s attentive care during Almarie’s stay at Cypress Glen brought much joy to her life and comfort to her family.

In all respects, Almarie was a woman of strong faith. Through her commitment to family, friends, church, and community, she lived her life exemplifying the love of Jesus Christ.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Cypress Glen Benevolent Fund, 100 Hickory St., Greenville, NC 27858

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