Striffler-Hamby Mortuary - Columbus

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Mary Lee Carpenter Cain

November 20, 1951July 26, 2020

Mary Carpenter Cain, 69, of Phenix City, Alabama passed away on Sunday, July 26, 2020. Mary was born in Columbus, Georgia on November 20, 1951, to the late Mary Jo and Jack L. Carpenter. Mary was a 1969 graduate of Jordan Vocational High School. She retired from New Horizon Mental Rehabilitation Center after 30 years of service as an instructor. Mary loved watching old classic movies, shopping and spending time with family and friends. She was preceded in death by her loving companion, Jose “Dooney” Gonzalez; brother, Forest Lemoris “Marcell” Carpenter; and loving aunt, Doris Nix.

Mary Carpenter Cain is survived by her sons, Michael Cain (Monica) and Jason Cain (Julie); daughter-in-law, Tanya Cain; grandchildren, Cortlandt Cain, Ciara Cain, Bella Cain and Colton Cain; uncle, Douglas Powell (Sherry); aunt, Shelby Jean Garrett; niece, Amber LeAnne Carpenter; nephew, Forrest Jack Carpenter; life-long friends, Barbara Jackson, Eva Wade, Barbara Gordon and Mary Adams; the Gonzalez family; a host of cousins and dearest friends.

The graveside memorial service will be held on Friday, July 31, 2020 at 12:00pm at ParkHill Cemetery, Columbus, Georgia. The family will receive friends on Thursday, July 30, 2020, 6:00 – 8:00pm in the St. Elmo Room at Striffler-Hamby, Columbus, Georgia.


  • Micheal Cain, Jr. (Monica), Son
  • Jason Cain (Julie), Son
  • Tanya Cain, Daughter-in-law
  • Cortlandt Cain, Grandchild
  • Ciara Cain, Grandchild
  • Bella Cain, Grandchild
  • Colton Cain, Grandchild
  • Douglas Powell (Sherry), Uncle
  • Shelby Jean Garrett, Aunt
  • Amber LeAnne Carpenter, Niece
  • Forrest Jack Carpenter, Nephew
  • Jack Carpenter, Father (deceased)
  • Mary Jo Powell Carpenter, Mother (deceased)
  • Jose “Dooney” Gonzalez, Companion (deceased)
  • Forest Carpenter, Brother (deceased)
  • Doris Nix, Aunt (deceased)
  • Mary also leaves behind life-long friends Barbara Jackson, Eva Wade, Barbara Gordon and Mary Adams; the Gonzalez family; a host of cousins and dearest friends to cherish her memory.

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  • Visitation for Family and Friends

    Thursday, July 30, 2020

  • A Graveside Celebration of Mary's Life

    Friday, July 31, 2020


Mary Lee Carpenter Cain

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Patricia Caulton

July 31, 2020

Mary was always a hard working and a kind lady. At New Horizons DD Center, Mary and our staff worked with cooperative efforts to address our consumers needs. In the process, we built coworker family bonds that have kept our friendships down through the years.

Mary was fun, caring, supportive, and loving. Everytime, we had occasions to fellowship, she never complained but found nuggets of hope in the mist of her life's journey!

Condolences are extended to the family and all of us who are Mary's friends.
God's continued blessings to us all.

Kenny McCamey

July 29, 2020

Prayers of love, comfort and strength for Rev. Michael (Monica) Cain and the entire family. Please know that I am lifting you in prayer during this time and always.

Lauri Timm

July 29, 2020

Mary you have been a part of our family as long as I can remember. Such an important part of my life with so many memories like as a child running over after school to sit and talk with you over a glass of sweet tea, or when you opened your home to me after I graduated. So many laughs and even tears that we shared over the years. You were always there for me when I needed a shoulder to lean on or just someone to listen. You were like a second mom to me and I will cherish and hold all the wonderful memories close to my heart. Please give my momma and dad I big ole hug for me. Until we are all together again just know how much I love you Mary Cain.

Barbara Gordon

July 29, 2020

Another angel has gone to heaven.


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