MaryBell Long Rivenbark

December 31, 1937 - August 7, 2022
MaryBell Long Rivenbark


MaryBell Long Rivenbark, age 84 of Burgaw, NC, passed away at Lower Cape Fear LifeCare in Wilmington on August 7, 2022.

MaryBell was born on December 31, 1937 in Fayetteville, NC to the late John William and Ava Horne Long.

MaryBell is survived by her grandchildren Alisica Fussell and Kimberly Rivenbark-Williams, her great grandchildren Justin Ross, Nicole Ross, and Skyler Williams, her brother Buddy Long, as well as many nieces, nephews, and extended family members and friends. In addition to her aforementioned parents, she is predeceased by her spouses Paulette Rivenbark and Burnice Bond, sons Sammy Lee Rivenbark and Henry Wayne Rivenbark, daughter Paula Rae Rivenbark, brothers Leonard Long, Ernest Long, Norwood Long, and Hardy Long, and sisters Berline Lynch and Alice Rivenbark.

There will be a Memorial Service held in remembrance of MaryBell on August 11, 2022 at 1:00pm at Wilmington Funeral & Cremation – Wilmington Chapel. All are welcome to attend.

Please leave memories and condolences for MaryBell’s family by signing the Tribute Wall below.

Services in care of Wilmington Funeral & Cremation – Wilmington Chapel – 1535 S. 41st Street Wilmington, NC 28403 910.791.9099.


Memorial Service

Thursday, August 11, 2022
1:00 PM

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

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  • August 11, 2022
    Georgia Patram says:
    MaryBell was a very special lady and has always had a very special place in my heart.

  • August 10, 2022
    Frankie Mae and Louis Edward Saunders says:
    Mary Bell was a very beautiful and sweet lady inside and out. She was also a very smart lady and had to be to get the things done that she needed to get done in her life. She was also strong minded and strong willed and again she had to be in life. Mary Bell also worked tirelessly throughout her life to help all of her siblings to aquire their own home, which was so important to her. Mary Bell was the thread in her family with her siblings and with her own children and grandchildren. She would share whatever she had with you or anybody. I remember one time: I had this old table lamp that didn't work anymore and it was chipped at the top of it and I was going to throw it away. Mary Bell says no don't throw it away, give it to me. Paulette might can fix it. Paulette gutted it & trimmed the chipped glass off of it and turned it into the most beautiful flower vase, I have ever seen. That is what Mary Bell was, full of love for everybody and everything. She could take hardly nothing at all and turn it into something very beautiful, whether it was a flower vase from a broken lamp, or almost scraps to a big spread of a feast. Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope especially with love of friends and family to help carry you through your grief. Alisha and Kimberly and all of the family, by the love and grace of God, may your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived. ❤️ Mary Bell was loved by many and will be greatly missed.94

  • August 10, 2022
    Frankie Mae and Louis Edward Saunders lit a candle:
    Lit since August 10, 2022 at 8:25:43 PM

  • August 10, 2022
    Sanderson Robert says:
    You are surly going to be missed and I'm going to miss your red lipstick and your welcome call HELLO DARLIN YOU WERE ALWAYS A GREAT LADY TO ME AND INTRODUCE ME TO TWO GOOD FRIENDS WICH I WILL ALWAYS CARE ABOUT AND THERE YOUR FAMILY AND MY FRIENDS

  • August 10, 2022
    Gene Jordan says:
    Her family helped me alot. MaryBell told me I was the kind of neighbor she liked. I didn't cause her any problems and gave them a ham at Christmas. She was quite a lady.