Mrs. Mary Lou Cox Wellborn, age 88, of Hodges Gap Road, Boone, passed away Thursday morning, April 22, 2021 at Watauga Medical Center. Born January 30, 1933 in Watauga County, she was a daughter of Fred and Betty Broyhill Cox. Mrs. Wellborn's greatest joy in life was being with her family, celebrating birthdays, holidays and any other event necessary to just gather. She loved baking and cooking for family and friends and in her spare time tending to her grandchildren and children of her neighbors, reading a good book, and listening to music, especially gospel, country and blue grass. Spring of each year, she and Charles were busy planting the annual vegetable garden and setting flowers around their home.
Mrs. Wellborn is survived by her three daughters, Dinah W. Pinney, Cara W. Osborne and husband Bryce, and Jeannie Wellborn, all of Boone; four grandsons, Charles Pinney of Boone, Daniel Osborne of Raleigh, Matthew Osborne of Aiken, SC, and Paul Wellborn of Boone; granddaughter, Sharon Pinney of Boone; two great-granddaughters, Aria Gamradt and Evelyn Gamradt, both of Boone; and two sisters, Della Trivette of Triplett and Barbara Melton of Lenoir. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Hubert Wellborn; brothers, Carson and Don Cox; and sisters, Vera Cox Hendrix and Anna Lee Cox Miller.
Funeral services for Mary Cox Wellborn will be conducted Sunday afternoon, April 25, 2021 at 3 o'clock at the Austin & Barnes Funeral Chapel, officiated by Rev. Ron Hayes. The body will lie in state at the chapel from 2 until 3 o'clock, prior to services. Graveside services will follow in the Cox Family Cemetery. Flowers are appreciated or the family suggests memorials to the Cox Family Cemetery Fund, in care of Brenda Dew, 351 Raven Maple Drive, Wilkesboro, NC 28679.
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Austin & Barnes Funeral home and Crematory is serving the Wellborn family.