Mary Helen Heidt Cogburn, 92, died peacefully at her Pisgah View Ranch home surrounded by her family, on July 12, 2017. She was born in Charleston, SC on May 17, 1925, and was one of six children to Claudian B. and Willie Clyde Heidt.
Mary lived a full life raising five children, and operating, along with the family, the Pisgah View Ranch in Candler, NC. She was active in the Pisgah Chapter of the Girl Scouts of America, Valley Garden Club, and the Catholic Daughter's at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church. She dearly loved music, art, and mountain crafts, and painted when she had the time. She became a woman of the mountains but never lost her charming Charleston accent.
Mary was preceded in death by her husband of more than fifty-three years, Max Oliver Cogburn, Sr.; her beloved daughter, Mary Christine Cogburn; and all of her siblings.
Mary is survived by her children, Max Oliver Cogburn, Jr., and wife, Fran; Michael David Cogburn, and wife, Gay; Steven Douglas Cogburn, and wife, Carolyn Warren; and Cynthia Diane Cogburn, and husband, Nicholas Muszynski; grandchildren, Max Oliver Cogburn, III (Stacie), Casey Francelyn Cogburn, Cameron Valier Cogburn (Rachel), Cullen Valier Cogburn, Christopher Stone Cogburn, Clint Heidt Cogburn, Jacob Killian Cogburn, Suzanne Warren, James Warren (Jessica), Colton Cogburn Muszynski, Melissa Ann Mauskar (Neal), and Nicole Marie Muszynski; great grandchildren, Max Oliver Cogburn, IV, and Ellis Rose Michele Cogburn; and special nephew, William (Billy) Miller, and wife, Peggy.
The family wishes to give thanks to all those who helped Mary after she fell ill. A special thanks to those who were primarily involved in her care: Mildred Greene, Susan Hannah, Kathy Overman, Michelle Phillips, and Amy Trull.
The family will receive friends from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m., Friday, July 14th, at Groce Funeral Home, 1401 Patton Avenue, Asheville, NC. A private family funeral mass will take place at the Basilica of St. Lawrence, on Saturday, July 15th, with interment at Green Hills Cemetery to follow.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to Upper Hominy Fire and Rescue, 1795 Pisgah Hwy, Candler, NC 28715.