Mary Fox Currier

May 11, 1945 - June 22, 2023
Mary Fox Currier

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Mary Fox Currier, age 78, of Wilmington, NC, went to be with Our Lord and Savior on Thursday, June 22nd, 2023, after a long battle with Lewy Body Dementia.

Mary was born May 11th, 1945, in Wilmington, NC, the third child of Oscar Andrew Nelson and Lena Elizabeth Corbett.

Mary will forever be remembered for her perseverance, unconditional love, and strong faith in the Lord. She exuded Christ in everything she did and loved spending every moment around her family. She spent 43 years with the love of her life, Jim. She enjoyed spending time on the water, fishing, gardening, singing in her church choir, heirloom sewing, and baking desserts, especially her family’s favorite, an 8 layer chocolate cake. Mary served others quietly, often observing others in need, and making provisions for them in ways others did not know. Mary was a faithful member of Pine Valley Methodist Church.

In addition to her hobbies, Mary served as the Manager of the Carolinian Inn for over 20 years until her retirement. Throughout her career, she held many leadership positions including Training Director for National Best Western Hotels, Board of Directors of  Wilmington Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors of the Y.W.C.A., and Board of Directors of Committee of 100. Mary also served as President of The Cape Fear Visitors and Convention Bureau and President of the North Carolina Hotel-Motel Association.

Mary was preceded in death by her brother, Oscar Nelson, and sister, Ruby Pugh.

She is survived by her husband, James W. Currier of Wilmington, NC; her daughter, Debbie Bessinger (David) of Isle of Palms, SC; her grandchildren, Caroline O’Neil of Mt. Pleasant, SC, Edward O’Neil of Charlotte, NC, Charlotte O’Neil and Margaret O’Neil of Charleston, SC, and Brice Bessinger of Isle of Palms, SC; sisters, Diane Rose (Larry) of Burgaw, NC and Jonnie Daniell (Ron) of Wilmington, NC.

We would like to thank the caregivers that took care of Mary in her home over the course of the last two years, many of whom became like family.

Memorial contributions may be made to Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC, 28401, St. Jude Children’s Hospital, https://raise.stjude.org/maryfoxcurrier, and Pine Valley Methodist Church, 3788 Shipyard Boulevard, Wilmington, NC, 28403.

Friends and family will be received at Wilmington Funeral Chapel,  1535 South 41st Street, Wilmington, NC, 28403 on Thursday, June 29th from 4:30 to 6:30 pm. A private inurnment ceremony will be held at a later date at Oleander Memorial Gardens.

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




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  • November 10, 2023
    Billie Shelton lit a candle:
    Lit since November 10, 2023 at 11:09:11 AM

  • July 04, 2023
    Sherry Lewis says:
    Jim, Debbie, Jonnie and Diane, I'm so sad to hear of Mary's passing. I loved Mary. Please accept my sincere condolences.

  • June 27, 2023
    Shquanner Allen says:
    It was a pleasure to meet you and be you nurse assistant. You had kind words and a warming spirit. The family has my deepest condolences

  • June 25, 2023
    Kelly & Shirley Meadows lit a candle:
    Lit since June 25, 2023 at 6:17:13 AM

  • June 24, 2023
    Bernie & Judy Bentley says:
    Jim, we are very sad to read that Mary has passed away. She was always so lovely and delightful to be around. We have fond memories of both of you. You and her family will be in and thoughts and prayers. Bernie and Judy Bentley