Townson-Rose Funeral Home

Obituary for Mary Frances Chastain Reece

06/16/1940 - 12/06/2019

Mary Chastain Reece, age 79 of Pine Log, North Carolina passed away Friday, December 6, 2019 in the company of her daughters who adored her.

She was born in Hayesville, North Carolina to the late Gordon and Betty Chastain. As an adult she lived in Tampa, Florida and Athens, Georgia before returning to North Carolina upon retirement.

Mary was an extraordinarily devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, daughter, aunt and friend. She was an accomplished seamstress, artist, gardener, cook and baker. Professionally she served as an Executive Assistant for several architectural and accounting firms as well as an economics professor at the University of Georgia.

In addition to her parents, Mary was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Arthur Melvin "Buck" Reece. She is survived by her daughters, Taunya Faulkner of Calhoun, Ga and Selena Kairys of Fredericksburg, VA; son-in-law, Chuck Faulkner; grandchildren, Matthew Kairys, Joseph Kairys, Mackenzie Kairys, Collin Faulkner and Dylan Faulkner; granddaughter-in-law, Jennifer Kairys; and sister, Virginia Hunt as well as numerous sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 1-2 pm, followed directly by a memorial service Sunday, December 15, 2019 at the Townson-Rose Funeral Home Chapel in Murphy. Rev. Kevin Miller will officiate.

Her family asks you consider a donation to Heyman Hospice Care at Floyd (PO Box 162, Rome, GA 30163) in lieu of flowers.

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