Mary Crabtree Dupree

May 18, 1917November 18, 2020

Mary Crabtree Dupree, RN, 103, passed away on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at Southern Heritage Assisted Living in East Ridge. She was born in Semmes, Alabama on May 18, 1917. Mary graduated as a Registered Nurse from Takoma Hospital in Greeneville, TN and was one of the first hires at Memorial Hospital spending the majority of her career as head nurse of the delivery room. She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas T. Dupree. Survivors include her son, Thomas T. Dupree, II; daughter, Mary Pat Carden (Gene Carden); grandsons, Lance, Ryan and Scott; great-grandson, Bryson Carden. The family would like to thank the wonderful folks at Southern Heritage for their care and loving during her time there and the caring nurses at Amedisys Hospice. A graveside service will be held 2:30 PM Monday, November 23, 2020 at Chattanooga National Cemetery with Pastor Clair Sauer officiating. Due to the National Health Crisis there will be no visitation. Arrangements are by the East Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, 404 South Moore Road, East Ridge, TN. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of a donation to Jones Memorial United Methodist Church 4131 Ringgold Road, East Ridge, Tennessee 37412. Please share your thoughts and memories at



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Judy Clevenger

November 23, 2020

I was amazed to see that your Mom reached the age of 103! Wow! My parents Art and Eula Phillips were friends of your Mom and Dad. Prayers for your family.
Judy Clevenger

Henry Dicks

November 22, 2020

Mary Pat, sorry to hear about your mother. She helped with both of our daughter's birth. I hope you are doing well. Henry

Therissa Young

November 21, 2020

My memories start early in life. I remember visiting the old boarding house that Thorntons family had. Then years later staying with the family in their East Ridge home on several occasions. Mary was always a sweet aunt to us and wanted us to succeed in life. Then when my sister Sue became a nurse, she was very happy and delighted to have a niece follow in her footsteps. Later when they lived in Destin I visited their lovely place near the water and had a lovely time visiting with the two of them. They were always great hosts. After they moved back to Chattanooga I had the pleasure of visiting her a few more times. Life will not be the same without her voice to give us encouragement or advice. It is true that when you see a loved one pass away a big piece of your heart goes with them. May the Lord bless Tommy and Mary Pat and the family with peace, love and joy knowing she lead a full life of service and joy with courage. I will miss her sweet smile.

Carol DuPont

November 20, 2020

My earliest memories include our families going to the beach together and sharing so much fun throughout the years! I even remember going to your Grandmother's house somewhere downtown and getting sick on the eggnog.

I feel like a legend in my life has died. I remember her for so many things: nursing, her calmness, her love, her paintings, her friendship with my parents, and after Mother died being such a buddy to Daddy going to play bridge and giving him his B12 shots.

Mary Pat and Tommy I will be praying for peace to reign in your hearts. Our hope in Christ is that you will be with her again someday! She has no more sorrow or pain. She is free indeed.

I love you,

Carol Williams DuPont

Cathy Williams Glascock

November 19, 2020

What a great lady Mary was! She and Thornton were Mother and Daddy’s dearest friends. I will always remember what a superior nurse she was. Just her presence in a room could make you feel better. She had a strong steadiness mixed with a lot of love and compassion. The world was blessed by her life. She will be sorely missed.


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