Mary Pepena Patelidas Mann, 88, passed away on the morning of Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018 at her home in Candler.
Mary was born in Asheville, NC on June 18th, 1929. Mary was the daughter of the late Spiros Arthur Patelidas and Ella Bogle Patelidas. Left to cherish her memory are husband, Paul L. Mann, of 62 years; son, Michael L. Mann (Sonja F. Mann); and grandson, Robert P. Mann (Rachel S. Mann). She was preceded in death by son, Christopher P. Mann. Her siblings are: Joseph A. Patelidas, deceased (Agnes C., deceased), Katherine P. Frazier (Opie), Jane P. McJunkin, deceased (John E.), William J. Patelidas (Pat H.), Thomas H. Patelidas (Mary Ann), James B. Patelidas, deceased, and Judy B. Morris (Ralph D., deceased). Mary will also be missed by many nieces, nephews, and friends.
Mary is a graduate of Asheville City schools, Pfeiffer Jr. College (Phi Theta Kappa), Greensboro College (Majors: Religion and English), and Duke Divinity School-Duke University (Masters in Religious Education, Magna Cum Laude). During her college years, she worked as Director of Christian Education at Haywood Street and St. Paul’s United Methodist Churches. Her other work experiences include Washington Pike UMC (Knoxville, TN), St. Paul’s UMC (Greenville, SC), St. Matthew’s UMC (Greenville, SC), Pack Library (Asheville, NC), and Service Engineering Company.
Mary was a lifetime member of Trinity United Methodist Church of 71 years. She served in many areas of Christian growth including: Sunday school teacher for 46 years in the Ownbey-Mann Class, Director of Children’s Ministry for many years, Lay Leader for Youth Ministry, VBS Leader, Monday Bible Study Leader (morning and evening), Chair of Council on Ministries and Administrative Boards, District Committee-Ordained Ministry and Contact and Listening Ministry, Disciple 1, 2, and 3 Study Groups, and Spiritual Leader of T.U.M.C.’s Men’s and Women’s Softball Team. She was honored with United Methodist Women Service Pin for Lay Person of the Year.
Memorial services will be held at Trinity United Methodist Church on Sunday, January 7th, 2018 at 2:00 p.m., officiated by the Reverend Nancy D. Walton. The family will receive friends following the service.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be to made to Trinity United Methodist Church or CarePartners Hospice, PO Box 25338, Asheville, NC 28813.
A special “Thank You” to CarePartners Hospice for the loving care they gave her.
Groce Funeral Home on Patton Ave. is assisting the family.