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Mary Lee Holder Scotton

October 8, 1927May 21, 2020
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Mary Lee Holder Scotton, age 92 years, of Staley, NC passed away on Thursday, May 21, 2020 at Cambridge Hills in Pittsboro, NC. Known as Mary Lee to her siblings and friends, Mary Lee was born in Staley, NC on October 8, 1927 to Greg and Georgia Shephard Holder. She was the ninth of ten children.

There will be a private graveside funeral service. Mary Lee will lie in repose at Loflin Funeral Home of Liberty on Monday, May 25, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. for family and friends.

After completing high school, Mary Lee went to nursing school at St. Leo’s Hospital in Greensboro and became a Registered Nurse. She worked as a nurse for many years, pausing only to marry and raise her ten children. After returning to work, she focused her career on caring for the elderly by working at The Evergreens Nursing Home, and at the Masonic and Eastern Star Nursing Home. Mary Lee enjoyed her years of retirement and spent many peaceful hours in fellowship with her friends at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. She loved gardening, occasional travel abroad, and reading. Every banana she met was turned into delicious banana bread, and those who visited her were happy to be sent home with a loaf. She took great pride in her children and grandchildren’s accomplishments and delighted in spending time with her family. She loved all children, even those not in her own family, and generously donated to several charities dedicated to children’s issues.

In addition to her parents, Mary Lee was preceded in death by her husband Charles; two sons, John Avery Scotton and Thomas Alex Scotton; two grandchildren, Leah Scotton and Clara Scotton; three sisters, Ila Holder Ferguson, Colleen Holder Whitley, and Annie Dare Holder Lineberry; six brothers, Thomas Holder, RC Holder, George Holder, Walter Patterson (Buck) Holder, James Vernon (JV) and Lonnie Holder. Surviving are Mary Lee’s children, Charles Michael Scotton (Jan), Dr. Phillip Scotton (Judy), Dr. Mary Lynn Scotton Piven (Joe), Walter Gregory Scotton, James Scotton (Kim), Dr. David Scotton (Laurie), Paul Scotton (Joanne), Sarah Scotton Ellington (Tim); grandchildren, Joshua Scotton, William Scotton, Dr. Dawn Scotton Caviness, Dr. Michelle Scotton Franklin, John Scotton, James Scotton, Ben Piven, Micah Piven, Caroline Hauser, Dr. Al Sacco, Alex Scotton, Anna Scotton, Ryan Scotton, Emily Scotton, Daniel Scotton and eight great-grandchildren.

Special thanks to the caring staff at Cambridge Hill’s, Hospice of Chatham County as well as Fr. Michael Allegretto of St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

Please share your thoughts and memories with the family at www.LoflinFH.com.

Loflin Funeral Home of Liberty is honored to serve the Scotton family.



  • Lie in Repose

    Monday, May 25, 2020


  • Private Graveside Service


Mary Lee Holder Scotton

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Rene' and Alan Summerlin

May 25, 2020

We are so sorry about the passing of your mother. You and Laurie will be in our prayers.

Bryan and Sheri Yaffey

May 24, 2020

We are so very sorry for your family's loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Bill Scotton

May 24, 2020

Sorry for your loss! Sending heartfelt thoughts and prayers to the family!
Sincerely, Bill & Sue Scotton

Dawn Light

May 23, 2020

Thoughts and prayers are with the family!

Linda Scearce

May 23, 2020

To all the family, I am Ila's daughter,, I am sorry for your lost,
Mary Lee was a wonderful lady, she was always so good to me when Mom and I would go to see her , I know that Mom loved her very much.

Mary Lee is in a much better place and not in pain now, just now that you will see her again.

Sorry we can't come but our prayers with you . God bless you and comfort you.

Love, Linda and Don

Susan Samuelson

May 23, 2020

Dear David and Laurie, I was saddened to read that your mom and mother-in-law is no longer with you. May your tears of sadness quickly turn to smiles and remembrances of the joy of her long and loving life. I remember meeting her at your house several times and enjoyed her company very much. My best wishes to you and to your family.
Susan Samuelson (formerly Clawson)

Amy Fitts

May 22, 2020

Sorry for your loss. She was such a sweet lady!

Luann Whitfield

May 22, 2020

Dr David,
I’ve known your mom at CH for the past 2 years since my mom, Lucy Wilson, is there also. We had many talks about you. Mary would light up anytime I mentioned your name. I will miss seeing your precious mother when we are able to visit there again. So sorry for your loss.
Luann Whitfield

lisa brewer

May 22, 2020

Dr.Phillip Scotton and family,so very sorry for your loss.Love and prayers for you all,may GOD give you the peace that only he can bring. Sincerely,Gary & Lisa Brewer,and Gypsy

Candy Espaillat

May 22, 2020

My deepest and most sincerest sympathy to the Scotton family.
She surely was a loved mother, and grandmother. I will always
treasure the memories with her, Love you, Mary!! May you RIP.


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