Mary Frances Rudisill Allison

November 15, 1920January 11, 2011

Mary Frances Rudisill Allison, 90, died peacefully at her home at Southminster in Charlotte on January 11, 2011. A native of Dallas North Carolina, she was preceded in death by her parents, Albert R. and Isabell Hoffman Rudisill , sisters Katherine Rudisill May, and Linda J. Rudisill and brother William A. Rudisill.

Mary Frances graduated from Kings College. During WWII she worked in Charlotte at the Quartermaster Depot and enjoyed being a member of the Spinsters Club and acting in Theater Charlotte productions.

She was married to Kermit D. Allison in 1947. He preceded her in death 1988. She is survived by two daughters. Kay and husband Robert B. Norris, June Allison and her husband Philip Temple, three grandson, Bryan and Josh Norris, and Austin Temple, all of Charlotte. She was a favorite of her 12 nieces and nephews.

Her husband's career dictated multiple moves and Mary Frances left legions of devoted friends in Black Mountain, Wadesboro, Raleigh, and Waynesville, North Carolina and, Dillon South Carolina.

She had boundless energy and her positive outlook and loving kindness attracted people young and old to her. In every community Mary Frances became a beloved grade mother, Sunday School teacher, youth group advisor, and Girl Scout leader. She was a great neighbor and the life of every party.

Mary Frances had a strong faith which she demonstrated in the way she interacted with everyone she met. She found people of all ages and backgrounds fascinating and always took time to listen. She tirelessly gave of herself to anyone who needed a friend, offering encouragement and support.

After her husband's death she cared for her parents and younger sister until their deaths and then moved first to Burlington North Carolina and then Charlotte to be near her daughters and grandsons

Special thanks are given to Mary’s wonderful nurses and caregivers at Southminster who so lovingly cared for her during declining health.

Visitation will be Thursday evening January 13, 2011 from 6-8 pm at the home of Robert and Kay Norris, 500 Hermitage Rd., Charlotte, NC. Funeral will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, January 14th, at Holy Communion Lutheran Church, 103 W. Church St., Dallas, NC, 28034. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 15th at Mt. View Cemetery, Black Mountain, NC.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Holy Communion Lutheran Church, to the Alzheimer’s Association, or the charity of your choice.


  • Funeral Service Friday, January 14, 2011

Mary Frances Rudisill Allison

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Diana Ricketts

January 21, 2011

Mrs. Allison was one of the nicest, most cheering and cheerful people I've ever met. The photos in the gallery capture what a fun-loving, joyful spirit Mrs. Allison brought to every encounter. I am so saddened for all of her family. With love and deepest sympathy, Diana

January 15, 2011

We are sorry for your loss, we know that losing someone in death is hard, but the Bible tells us that at John chpt.5: verses 28-29, our loved ones will be remembered by God and come forth from the grave. Please be comforted by this thought. If you would like to know more, please contact us at,

Claude Saleeby

January 13, 2011

Ms. Allison will always be one of my favorite "moms." Growing up in Dillon with the Allisons, I will always cherish her kindness, infectious laughter, and the goodness that she encouraged in those around her. She modeled a life of love, giving, and patience. My prayers go out to Kay and June's families during this time with the knowledge of joy that comes from their Mom's walk with the Lord.

Jan Swanson

January 12, 2011

I remember her at a party at Crest Street and she was one of the girls. I am sorry for your loss. No matter how prepared you are it is still sad. Let's plan a trip so we can talk about our losses in person and get our grief in perspective and then we will have some fun. I love you June and hope that the service goes well.