Mary Ruth Gaither Jarvis, 91, formerly of Statesville, N.C., passed away Saturday, October 30, 2021 at Rose Glen Manor in North Wilkesboro, N.C.

Born in Iredell County, she was the daughter of the late Reese W. Gaither and Ruby Trivette Gaither. Also preceding her in death were her husband of 49 years, William Lee Jarvis, who passed away in 2001; and one sister, Lavinia “Shug” Wooten.

Mary worked many years at Stimpson Hosiery Mill and retired from Thorlo Inc. She was a member of Roaring Gap Baptist Church, where she sang in the church choir.

She loved to garden, work in the dirt, do housework, and can homemade green beans. She will always be remembered for her homemade lemon-vanilla pound cakes.

Those left to cherish her memory are her son and daughter-in-law, Alfred and Charlotte Jarvis of Wilmington, N.C.; one grandson, Daniel Jarvis; one brother, Jiggs Gaither; and two sisters, Edna Woods and Linda Crater.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, November 3, 2021, from 12 to 1 p.m. at Bunch-Johnson Funeral Home, 705 Davie Avenue, Statesville, NC 28677.

The funeral service will begin at 1 p.m. in the Chapel of the funeral home with Rev. Richard Hackler officiating. Burial will follow at Iredell Memorial Gardens.

Memorial donations may be sent to Roaring Gap Baptist Church, 267 E Roaring Gap Road, Thurmond, NC 28683.

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Bunch-Johnson Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Jarvis family.

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