Mary Forrest Ely

August 27, 1935 - February 3, 2023
Mary Forrest Ely

Memorial Gifts & Donations

Mary Jane Ely of Castle Hayne, NC passed away peacefully Friday, February 3, 2023 surrounded by family. She was 87.

Mary Jane was born Mary Jane Forrest on August 27, 1936 in Pitt County NC, the daughter of James Guy and Elizabeth Frances Forrest. was preceded in death by her sister, Betty Smart and son-in-law Wayne Bing.

She graduated from Greenville High School in 1953 and immediately enrolled at East Carolina University, graduating in 1956 with a Degree in Early Education. Throughout her life, she enjoyed caring for young children and spending time with family and friends at their family camp on the Pamlico River.

Mary Jane is survived by her loving husband, Larry D. Ely and their three daughters, Fran Bing, Karen Register and husband Bob; Larna Griffin and husband Kevin. Mary Jane was especially proud of her five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will conducted on 1:00 PM Friday, February 10, 2023 at Greenlawn Memorial Park with Pastor Jay Young officiating.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be directed to Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 1414 Physicians Drive Wilmington, NC 28401.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403. 910-791-9099


Friday, February 10, 2023
1:00 PM

Greenlawn Memorial Park - Directions
1311 Shipyard Blvd
Wilmington, North Carolina 28412
(910) 799-1686


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  • February 07, 2023
    Pam Futch lit a candle:
    Lit since February 7, 2023 at 2:23:14 PM

  • February 06, 2023
    Sharon Jacobs Murray says:
    Fran and family, we are sorry to hear about the passing of your Mom. Know that we are thinking of you. Love. Sharon Jacobs Murray. Swansboro. NC and NHHS Class of 1976 Classmates. Wilmington, NC.

  • February 06, 2023
    Sharon Jacobs Murray lit a candle:
    Lit since February 6, 2023 at 2:54:34 PM