Mary Ann Welch Wishon

June 24, 1938November 22, 2018

Today with a heavy heart I write this note. On November 22, 2018 at 12:18 pm our mother Mary Ann Welch Wishon, age 80, passed on to a peaceful place.

Mary was the mother of two children, Ginger Marie Wishon Lee of Hickory, NC, and Charles Summey Wishon of Newton, NC, three grandchildren, Christopher Ashley Samuels, Devon Nicole Samuels, and Matthew Corey Samuels, and one great-granddaughter, Chloe Nicole Samuels. She is preceded in death by her husband, Tommy Junior Wishon; granddaughter, Devon Nicole Samuels; mother, Anna Bell Huffman Welch and father, Lester Eli Welch.

Mother worked most of her life in the furniture industry, and after retirement she moved to live with her son on their farm in Newton (Oakwood). She took great pleasure in maintaining our home and our farm. My mother was a private and very caring person, always loving and welcoming people to our home, and never meeting a stranger.

On Thanksgiving Day I lost a sweet mother and a life-long best friend. My family cannot express the weight of the sadness we all feel at this time. The simple things seemed to delight mother the most. It could be a back rub after heart surgery, visiting with our friend Casey Samuels, a phone call from two cherished friends, Collene Lafone and Nancy Campbell, a trip to see a life-long friend, Beth Spencer, just to spruce up her hair, an every night phone call at 8:30 pm to a very special sister, Audrey “Tootsie” Stewart whom she loved so much, just to catch up on that days topic, and certainly not last, she loved the get well cards, the prayers, and the drawings from Emma, Colin, and Owen Hudson.

Even though she passed on Thanksgiving Day, my family is so very thankful for her time with us and all our lasting memories. My mother requested a very private funeral. She will be resting at Grace Lutheran Church Cemetery in Newton, NC. The pallbearers will be Chris Samuels, Matt Samuels, Jerry Stewart, Randy Stewart, Christopher Warren, and Charles Wishon. Respectfully – The Wishon Family

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to: American Heart Association, 4217 Park Place Ct. Glen Allen, VA 23060-9979.

Online condolences may be sent to the Wishon family at

The Wishon family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover, NC.


Mary Ann Welch Wishon

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DeAnne Bumgarner Morrow

November 24, 2018

Charlie, Ginger and family,
You are in our thoughts and prayers.
We love you all!
I loved to hear stories of your mother and family and my mother, Sandy Cody Bumgarner as you all grew up together.
Visiting at the farm, the weddings and parties,they were so fun! She shared many pictures, stories and memories.
She will be missed!
Love and prayers to you Charlie and family.

DeAnne Bumgarner Morrow