Mary Dellinger.. Daughter, Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Historian, Librarian, Genealogist, Friend

   My first contact with Mary was over the phone, it must have been nearly 3 years ago now. In my ignorance, I volunteered to take on a web site for Lincoln county genealogy as part of the NCGenWeb Project. Not only had I never done a web site, but now I was being overwhelmed with requests for assistance by others researching in Lincoln county. Doing amature genealogy is very hard when you live 250 miles away from any of the source material you need. Mary, from my very first phone call for help, put me at ease, made me feel as if I were the only person she needed to help that day or any other day when I called her. Mary knew everyone, who their family was, their ancestral lines, even what records were available and where they were in the courthouse! I am sure I was never adequate in expressing my appreciation of all she did...Mary was certainly one of the "Few". There are no others like her. Her warmth, old south graciousness, and charm will be missed by the "Many".

County Coordinator, Lincoln County, NCGenWeb
May 12-1999 

From the Gaston Gazette, Gastonia, NC January 29, 1999

LINCOLNTON - Mary Abernethy Dellinger, age 76, residence 313 S. Laurel St., died Jan. 27, 1999 at Lincoln Medical Center. She was a native of Lincoln County, daughter of the late Hal S. And Jennie Troutman Abernethy, wife of the late Thern Franklin Dellinger,. As an employee of the Lincoln County Public Library, she was responsible for the Lincoln County History Room. Mary was a member of the First United Methodist Church, past president of the United Methodist Women's Organization, member of Jacob Forney Chapter of DAR, where she served as a regent and currently as registrar, former member of the Historic Properties Commission, member of the Lincoln County Historical Society, and recipient of a state award for volunteers
Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, David A. And Laura Dellinger, Lincolnton; daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Hardin Minor, Charlotte, Frances Dellinger, Charlotte; grandchildren, Massie and Tucker Minor, Charlotte
A memorial service will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, at the First United Methodist Church, Revs. Carrol Lindsey, Frank Cook, Bernard R. Fitzgerald officiating.
Family visitation to be held Friday, at the home of her son, David Dellinger, Lincolnton
MEMORIALS may be made in her memory to Lincoln County History Room, c/o Lincoln County Public Library, 306 W. Main St., Lincolnton 28092
Funeral arrangements by Warlick Funeral Home

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