March 13. 2013

Mar. 12, 2013 @ 05:10 PM

Essie Lee Edwards
DURHAM - Essie Lee Edwards, 82, died Thursday, March 7, 2013 at her residence.
Essie is survived by her daughter, Danita Edwards of Durham; her grandson, Reggie Edwards and his fiancé, Kristin Vaughan, of Durham; her granddaughter, Phylice Edwards of Durham; and her great grandson, Harlan Cortez Vaughan-Edwards; as well as a host of family and friends.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered 11 a.m. Saturday, March 16th at St. Matthew Catholic Church with Fr. Thanh N. Nguyen officiating.
Friends may visit from 6-8 p.m. Friday March 15, 2013 at Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, 1113 W. Main Street, Durham, NC 27701.
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Roxie D. Hester
DURHAM - Mrs. Roxie D. Hester, 85, died early Tuesday at Rose Manor Healthcare Center. Mrs. Hester was born in Durham, the daughter of the late Thomas and Sadie Blackwelder Daniel. She was a member of Grey Stone Baptist Church. Mrs. Hester was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Gentry Hester.
Mrs. Hester is survived by her children, Becky H. Davis (Mike) of Durham, Larry Wayne Hester (Gerri) of Arizona, and Helen Tooley (Tommy) of Durham; a sister, Bessie Colclough of Texas; six grandchildren, Kelly Brown (James), Kim Davis, Kevin Davis, Tonya Tooley, John Mann and Charlene Couch; and three great grandchildren.
A graveside service will be held Thursday, March 14, 2013, 11 a.m. at Woodlawn Memorial Park with Dr. Clay Waters officiating. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Clements Funeral Home in Durham.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Grey Stone Baptist Church Legacy Center, 2601 Hillsborough Rd. Durham, NC 27705.
The family is being assisted in Durham by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. Online condolences may be made at

Mike Kraciuk
DURHAM — Mr. Mike Kraciuk, 66, died Monday at Durham Regional Hospital. Mr. Kraciuk was born in Durham, the son of the late Frank Anthony Kraciuk and the late Mildred Valentina Diedrich Kraciuk. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Richard E. Kraciuk and Jonathan D. Kraciuk.
Mr. Kraciuk is survived by nephews, Charles F. Kraciuk (Robin), Frank A. Kraciuk II and John D. Kraciuk (Stacy); and nieces, Donna K. Paschall and Diane K. Brackett; and six great nieces and nephews.
Graveside service will be held Wednesday 2 p.m. at Woodlawn Memorial Park. There is no visitation planned.
The family is being assisted in Durham by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. Online condolences may be made at

Vera Maria Roberts Braden
February 7, 1945 - March 2, 2013

PITTSBORO — Vera Maria Roberts Braden of Pittsboro went to be with the Lord on March 2, 2013.
Vera was born in Halle (Saale) on February 7, 1945 to Wilhelm Rahm and Elizabeth Gertrud Asel. Vera grew up in Winnweiler and Kaiserlautern Germany where she was raised by her mother Gertrud Asel and step-father Werner Asel. When she completed school in Germany she worked as a dental hygienist. She moved to the United States with her husband Alvis Clifford Roberts in 1964 and worked as a Asst. Librarian at Duke in Perkins Library, and later at UNC Law Library, forming friendships that continued throughout her life. Vera was kind, strong and touched the lives of many. She loved to stay active. Vera was a high diver and swimmer (early in life), runner, and avid tennis player. Vera will always be remembered for her incredible strength, kindness and beauty both inside and out. Vera was a beloved Oma, Mother and friend. Her legacy can be seen in the way she touched those she loved.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law: Kristina and Mark Berly; her grandchildren: Jake, Kaitlyn, Seth and Zach Berly; as well many in her extended family.
Memorial services will be held Friday, March 15, 2013 at 1 p.m. New Salem Church, 5030 Old Graham, Pittsboro, where family and friends may attend a short reception after the services. In lieu of flowers; please make a donation to the Vera Braden Memorial Fund at

Celia Ann Boyd
CHAPEL HILL — Celia Ann Boyd, 87, passed away peacefully Monday morning with family in Raleigh, NC.
Celia is survived by her son, Bruce Boyd; daughters, Denette Clara, Sharon Minick, Jill Hassan (Mike), Lisa Boyd, and Elinor Smith (Edwin); and 9 grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held on Thursday, March 14, at 11 a.m. at Clements Funeral Service in Durham. A visitation is scheduled at the home of her daughter, Elinor Smith, in Raleigh from 2-6 after the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Chapel Hill-Carrboro Meals on Wheels, PO Box 2102, Chapel Hill, NC 27514.
The family is being assisted in Durham by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. Online condolences may be made at

Willie Mae Burch
HILLSBOROUGH — Willie Mae Burch, age 65, died March 11, 2013 in Hospice of Meadowlands.
The funeral will be conducted Thursday at 1 p.m. in Chavis-Parker Funeral Chapel. Burial in Mt. Harmony Church Cemetery.  
She is survived by four children, Tracy Laws, John Burch Jr., Jackie Kuhl, and Roy Kuhl; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and sisters, Sybil Laws, Billie Jean Hughes and Shirley Laws.
Visitation this evening from 7 to 8 p.m. in Chavis-Parker Funeral Home.

June Dorothea Gahrs Scott
CHAPEL HILL — June Dorothea Gahrs Scott, resident of Chapel Hill, passed away peacefully at her home on March 9, 2013, after an extended illness. A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, June was also a resident of Chapel Hill for the past 12 years.
June was born May 31, 1922, in New Orleans, Louisiana. She was the daughter of the late Aimiee Smith Gahrs and Arthur Fredrich Gahrs, cherished wife of the late Walter Irving Scott Jr., and mother of her late beloved son, Walter Irving Scott III. June is survived by her son, Ward Ivor Scott; her daughters-in-law, Genine Sander Scott and Vivian Elizabeth (Beth) Thibaut Scott; her grandchildren, Debra Scott (Bradley) Delony, Tim Rogers, T.R. Sander Scott, and Bennett Arthur Charles Scott; great-grandchild, Garrett Delony; dear friends, Marguerite Scully and Homer Rasch; and numerous nieces and nephews. 
June will be remembered for her happy personality, her devotion to the Blessed Mother, and her intense love of politics.  Memorial contributions can be made to the National Shrine of Our Lady of Prompt Succor (www.shrineof, 2734 Nashville Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70115-7008, the National Federation of the Blind (, 200 E. Wells Street at Jernigan Place, Baltimore, MD 21230, and the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation ( 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, NY 10018.
Rosary and visitation will be held on Sunday, March 17th, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Walker’s Funeral Home, 120 West Franklin Street, Chapel Hill. A Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, March 18th, at 11 a.m. at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 940 Carmichael Street, Chapel Hill, with a reception held afterward at the church hall. Interment will be at St. Thomas More Catholic Church Columbarium at a date yet to be determined.
The family wishes to thank the kind nurses and staff of Amedisys Home Health and Hospice for their care and compassion over the years.  

Marilyn P. Pratt
LAWRENCE, KAN. — Marilyn P. Pratt, 77, passed in peace on Friday, March 8, 2013 at Brandon Woods Retirement Community in Lawrence, Kansas.
She is survived by a daughter, Bickell Lund of Eudora, Kansas; a son, Wesley Pratt of Durham; two sisters, Judy Ruffing of Naples, Florida and Martha Carleton of San Francisco; a brother, Dewey Hughes of Ohio; four grandchildren; and many friends. Marilyn was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Pratt.
Born and raised in Ohio, the daughter of Eva and Ralph Bunker, Marilyn also resided in San Jose, California; Kansas City, Missouri; Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; and Chapel Hill; as well as traveling extensively during her lifetime. Marilyn attended Hiram College in Hiram, Ohio and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Education. She was fortunate enough to turn her love for literature into a career as a reading teacher.
Marilyn will be fondly remembered by her loved ones as a passionate and enigmatic woman known for her love of reading and her exotic garden, which was a celebrated part of the Gimghoul neighborhood in Chapel Hill. She never met a stranger, and her memory will live on through her many dear friends all across the world.
In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that donations be made in memory of Marilyn P. Pratt to either of the following organizations: Kansas VNA Hospice, 200 Main Street, Suite C, Lawrence, Kansas 66044; or Reach Out and Read Kansas City, 3901 Rainbow Blvd., Mail Stop 1051, Kansas City, KS 66160.
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