Mary C. Congleton

Published 6:46 pm Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Mary C. Congleton

Nov. 7, 1926 – Sept. 6, 2015


Mary Elizabeth “Monkey Lee” Coward Congleton, age 88, died Sunday, September 6, 2015 at River Trace Nursing Home in Washington.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at Pamlico Memorial Gardens, officiated by Rev. Henry Gray.

Pallbearers will be grandsons: Bobby Silverthorne, Thomas Silverthorne, Jamie Silverthorne, Sam Silverthorne, Christopher Everson, nephew: Billy Coward and honorary pallbearer will be Charlie Silverthorne.

She was born in Beaufort County on November 7, 1926, daughter of the late Jesse Coward and Florence Alligood Coward. Mrs. Congleton married James (Fuzzy) Marshal Congleton who preceded her in death on May 6, 2005. She worked many years at Leggetts cleaners and retired. She loved cooking Sunday dinners for her family whom she loved dearly, but her true passion was to go, go, go and to eat out. To most everyone who knew her, she was called “Monkey Lee,” which many people thought was her name. She loved to shop at Wal-Mart and Roses. Monkey Lee was a very special sister, mother, grandmother and friend.

She is survived by a daughter: Katherine C. Jeffers and husband George; a son:  George Collin Sheppard; two stepsons: Larry Congleton and Steve Congleton; two sisters: Edith C. Foreman and Shirley C. Whisenant and a brother: Jesse S. Coward and his wife, Annie. Mrs. Congleton also has eight grandchildren, sixteen great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

Along with her parents and husband, Monkey Lee was preceded in death by a daughter: Santa Faye Woolard; a granddaughter: Connie Sheppard; and two brothers-in-law: Beryl Foreman and Walter Jason Whisenant.

The family will receive friends 10:00 AM Wednesday at Paul Funeral Home & Crematory of Washington and at 10:45 AM will follow in procession to the cemetery.

Flowers are appreciated and the family kindly asks for any memorial contributions to be made to the Mary C. Congleton Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 1465, Washington, N.C. 27889.

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