Mary Ruth Oxendine

October 25, 1949 - February 6, 2019
Mary Ruth Oxendine


Mary Ruth Oxendine, age 69, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 6, 2019, surrounded by her loving family at the Lower Cape Fear Hospice and LifeCareCenter after a courageous battle with cancer.

She was born October 25, 1949 in Buffalo, NY to Guy R. Otis and Mary M. Otis.

Mary is survived by her husband of 52 years, Willie E. Oxendine; two sons, Wille E. Oxendine, Jr. and Scott Allen Oxendine; one daughter, Kathryn Lynn Oxendine (Tim Michael); four grandchildren, Sean and Corey Royal and Scott, Jr. and Summer Oxendine; three great grandchildren, Benjamin, William and Christian Sholar. Three sisters, Diane Hauser, Cheryl Walters (Jim), and Sue Nappa (Ray) and sister in law Bea Padula; numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and many dear friends.

Mary spent the past 30 years serving as Secretary-Treasurer of the family business SENC Steel Detailing, Inc. of Wilmington. All of her free time beyond work was devoted to being the best wife, mother, granny, sister, aunt and friend anyone could ever ask for. The same as her mother before her. She enjoyed most of all having as much family as possible present for special holiday gatherings and visits.

The family wishes to give special thanks to all Doctors and caregivers who treated Mary throughout her battle with cancer and a very special thanks to all the staff at the Lower Cape Fear Hospice for the efforts made in keeping Mary as comfortable as possible during some very difficult times.

The family will receive friends Friday, February 8, 2019, at the Wilmington Funeral Chapel from 10:30 AM till 11:30 AM followed by a brief Memorial Service.

In lieu of flowers please consider a memorial donation to Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation 1414 Physicians Dr., Wilmington, NC 28401.

Please share memories and condolences by visiting wilmingtoncares.com.

Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S.41st Street Wilmington, NC 28403. 910.791.9099.

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Friday, February 8, 2019
11:30 AM

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Friday, February 8, 2019
10:30 AM - 10:30 AM

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1535 South 41st Street
Wilmington, NC 28403
910-791-9099

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  • February 07, 2019
    Brandy Wilcox says:
    Many of my memories are filled with you Mary. Growing up, you were such an inspiration as a mother figure and you and Willie Sr instilled the values of what a whole and complete family was truly like. You were never unkind and always opened your table up at dinner when I was there. I know Katie and I tested your last nerve as teens but you always reciprocated with love and compassion. I will always remember the open door, whether it was at dinner or all weekend and not one time did I ever feel unwelcome. Right up until 2 weeks ago you were the same person that was so instrumental in my life. We will miss you greatly but I know you held good on your promise of hugging Chris when you got to Heaven. Now you are rejoicing at the feet of Jesus, I must admit I am a little bit jealous but I know you are no longer in pain and I will see you again. I love you.

  • February 07, 2019
    Sean Royal says:
    To the best granny in the world, I love you! My memories of you will never fade. You are the epitome of what a grandmother should be and I was blessed to have you in my life for 27 years. To the strongest women I know I love you.

  • February 07, 2019
    Missy Durns says:
    Scott Jr, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. Remember all the wonderful time you got to spend with your Granny. She will live forever in your heart! All our love, Missy, Tully and Megan and Jacob.

  • February 07, 2019
    Greg and Margaret Raymer lit a candle:
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  • February 09, 2019
    Lynn Eichelberger says:
    What do you say when your heart is breaking... I am not blood.. however from the day her niece and I became friends 35 years ago... she became my Aunt Mary too..the world truly lost a beautiful soul.. the day heaven gained a Angel ... all my love to my second family...