Mary Lou Gerrish

March 12, 1939 - January 13, 2021
Mary Lou Gerrish

Mary Lou Mallard Gerrish, 81 of Wilmington, NC passed away on Wednesday January 13, 2021 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

Mary Lou was born March 12, 1939 in Wilmington, NC a daughter of the late William Mallard and Lucille Williams, who preceded her in death.

Mary Lou was a member of St. Johns Episcopal Church. She was a Public Accountant and worked for several CPA firms in Wilmington. She was instrumental in establishing the UnSeen Guest Program (Meals for elderly/disabled) in her Church. She was a member of the Red Hat Club for several years and served as a volunteer with St. Johns Vacation Bible School.

She is survived by he husband Richard; her son, Stephen Gerrish of Wilmington; her daughter, Karen Long of Sneads Ferry and one grandchild, Aaron; sisters, Wanda Allen of Wilmington and Etta Jean Horrell of New Bern; as well as a nephew, Christopher Allen of Wilmington; and nieces Becky Mc Clay of New Bern and Vicki Tyndall of New Bern.

A graveside memorial service will be held on Monday, January 25, 2021 at 2PM, at the St. Johns Episcopal Church Memorial Garden led by Father Eric Moulton officiating.

Contributions in Mary Lou’s memory may be made to The Unseen Guest Program at St. Johns Episcopal Church.

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  • January 16, 2021
    Dr. Jim Joachim says:
    So sorry to hear of her passing! Mary was a shining light of optimism and we extend our most heartfelt condolences to her family.

  • January 21, 2021
    Jenny Melton says:
    We are so so saddened to hear about the passing of Mary Lou. She ALWAYS stopped to tell me how much our son Foxx has grown and that she loved seeing him participate as an usher and acolyte. She was also very supportive with many of my FB posts regarding the need for a more Christian and humane way to deal with the border crisis (our son having been adopted from Guatemala). I will miss her compliments and sweet sweet smile so much. Sheets such a loving and caring person who will be missed greatly.

  • January 20, 2021
    callie Wells says:
    Sorry for your loss MaryLou was a great person and will be truly missed

  • January 19, 2021
    Pat Perritte Henderson & Billy Henderson says:
    Dick, So sorry to read about Mary Lou's passing. Billy and I first met her when she was working with Ernest Keith Accounting. She remained "our personal choice" when the accounting firms continued to merge. Whenever we saw her on business or when socially...she was always the same delightful person. She leaves a void for us, but know how deeply you must miss her. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and family.

  • January 18, 2021
    Charlotte Cahoon Ayscue and family says:
    Wanda and Etta Jean. We are so sorry to hear about the passing of Mary Lou. Our prayers for her family and yours are for peace and healing. May your favorite memories of Mary Lou bring you all comfort.