Lewisburg-Mary Elizabeth Napier, 91, entered peacefully into Eternal Life with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, in Heaven, at her home on the evening of Monday, Nov. 14, 2022, following an extended illness.
Mary was a godly woman who loved the Lord and her family and set an example for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was of the Pentecostal faith and had attended the Pentecostal Holiness Church in Caldwell.
Mary was born July 28, 1931, to Edray Wilton and Juanita Helen Bennett Judy of Caldwell.
She attended school in White Sulphur Springs and was later employed by Greenbrier Laundry in Ronceverte and the Federated store in Lewisburg.
Mary married the love of her life, Ira Wallace Napier in October 1953 in Clifton Forge, VA.
She was devoted to her husband, her daughters, and their families and delighted in spending time with them. She enjoyed family gatherings and sharing home-cooked meals and will be fondly remembered for her fried chicken, mashed potatoes, Christmas fudge, apple and pecan pies.
Along with her parents, Mary was preceded in death by her infant son, William Edward Napier; infant twin sister to Debra; and her loving husband, Ira Wallace Napier; and sister, Margaret Helen Zimmerman.
Mary is survived by daughters, Diane Napier, at home, Debra Smith (Michael) of Lewisburg; grandchildren, Michael Napier (Tonya) of South Carolina, Ashley Boyd (Steven) of Ohio, and Brittany Smith-Perry (Robert) of Meadow Bridge; great-grandchildren, Chelsye Napier (Darrion) of Florida, Mercedes Boyd of Ohio, Harper Boyd of Ohio, Ayden Smith of Meadow Bridge and Willow Smith of Meadow Bridge; brother, Charles Judy (Leta) of Virginia; and several nieces and nephews which she loved dearly.
Mary was a sweet, caring and incredibly strong woman. She left a legacy to her family of love and grace and was fondly spoken of by all who knew and loved her.
A private gathering for the immediate family with visitation and a public funeral service was held on Thursday, Nov. 17, at the Morgan Funeral Home in Lewisburg where Pastor Everette “Hat” Defibaugh officiated.
Upon Mary’s request, Richie Holliday sang a special hymn in her honor. Pallbearers were Dale Napier, John Napier, Robert Perry and Michael Smith.
Burial took place in Greenbrier Memorial Gardens where she was laid to rest beside her loving husband.
Our hearts are broken, but we look forward to the day we will be reunited in Heaven. Until then, you will forever remain in our hearts, precious “Miss Mary.”
“Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.” Proverbs 31:31
Online guestbook may be signed at www.morganfh.net