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Haisten Funerals & Cremations

1745 Zack Hinton Parkway, McDonough, GA

OBITUARY

Mary Carter Gorham

November 7, 1940November 3, 2019
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Mary Carter Gorham, 78, of McDonough went home to be with her the Lord on Sunday, November 3, 2019. She was born in Atlanta, GA, to the late Virgil Leon Carter and Edith Kelley Carter, on November 7, 1940. Mary attended Murphy High School in Atlanta. She was an active member of Kirkwood United Methodist Church, Columbia Drive United Methodist Church where she served as organist and choir director for over 20 years, and McDonough First United Methodist Church where she served as part time organist and pianist, led Women’s Bible Study for over 20 years, and key leader of the Christmas Pageant and Live Nativity, Flower Ministry, along with so many other ministry efforts. Mary was also involved in the community where she delivered Meals on Wheels. Although reluctant at first, she immediately fell in love with camping and travelling, something she did with her husband and children for over 40 years. She enjoyed sewing, needlepoint, working in the yard, and spending time with her family. Mary never met a stranger; she was loved by everyone she met, treasured because of her contagious smile, her infectious laugh, heartfelt hugs, devotion to her family and friends, and most importantly to her God. She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Jimmie Gorham, Sr; her four children, Terri (Mike) O’Quinn of McDonough; Jim (Maria) Gorham of Oregon; David (Cheryl) Gorham of San Antonio, TX; and Joy (Jim) Vogel of Dublin, OH; her 11 grandchildren, Jessica (Mark) Ashby of Spartanburg, SC; Andy (Kayla) O’Quinn of Acworth, GA; Jimmy Vogel, Christopher (Kelly) Vogel, Matthew Vogel, Joshua Vogel, and Allie Vogel, all of Dublin, OH; Lindsay Gorham of Orlando, FL; Dylan and Blake Gorham of Oregon; Brian Gorham, of Georgia; three great grandchildren, Carson Ashby, Cooper Ashby, and Presley Ashby, all of Spartanburg, SC; and a host of nieces and nephews. Mary was predeceased by her two brothers, Leon and J.L. Carter, and her sister, Anne Whitehead. The family will receive friends at Haisten Funeral Home in McDonough, GA, on Wednesday, Nov 6, 2019, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Funeral services will be held in the sanctuary of McDonough First United Methodist Church on Thursday, Nov 7, 2019, at 11:00 am with Pastor Carol Cook and the Rev. Dr. Dana Everhart officiating. Entombment at East Lawn Memorial Park will follow the service. In lieu of flowers, please send contributions in memory of Mary Gorham to McDonough First United Methodist Church, 151 Macon St, McDonough, GA, 30253.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Jimmy Vogel
  • Christopher Vogel
  • Matthew Vogel
  • Joshua Vogel
  • Andy O'Quinn
  • Billy Wyatt
  • DONATIONS

  • McDonough First United Methodist Church Building Fund

Services

  • Visitation - Haisten Funeral Home Wednesday, November 6, 2019
  • Funeral Service - McDonough First United Methodist Church Thursday, November 7, 2019
  • Entombment - Eastlawn Memorial Park Thursday, November 7, 2019

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Vicki Nicholson

November 7, 2019

Ms. Gorham was a beautiful and Godly woman. I grieve with your family over the loss of her. You family will be in my prayers. May God be your strength during these most difficult days and months ahead. Much love to your family.
Vicki Nicholson

Tim & Debby Cotter and family

November 6, 2019

To the entire Vogel & Gorham families: We had the pleasure of reconnecting with Mary recently. It was an experience we won't soon forget; it was clear from the start she was a warm, giving and special person. We can't begin to imagine how much she meant to all of you, but have no doubt her spirit will continue to comfort you in the days and weeks to come. Please know that you remain in our thoughts, hearts and prayers during this challenging time. Much love - Tim, Deb, Andy & Brigid Cotter

Joe Hazelquist

November 6, 2019

So very sorry for your loss. Prayers, peace, and love to the family.

Sincerely,

Joe and Pam Hazelquist (Acuitive Solutions)

Vicki Smith

November 6, 2019

I am Jessica Ashby's mother in law and met Mary years ago. She was the sweetest and kindest person I think I've ever met and treated all of my family like her family. I will always treasure the times she spent at Easter gatherings at our home with her great grandchildren. I knew she did a lot in ministry but had no idea to the extent. She was a true servant of the Lord and has touched so many lives. I am honored to have known her. I cannot fathom the depth of the loss for husband, family, and her church. My prayers are with all of you.

Janet (Stone) Smith

November 6, 2019

We will always remember Mary playing the piano so beautifully at our wedding. Thank you Mary. Rest in God’s hands now.
Janet and Mike Smith

Mark and Alecia Gramling

November 5, 2019

What a beautiful, beautiful lady. She will be so greatly missed. I always looked forward to her Sunday morning hugs.

Katy Spencer

November 5, 2019

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