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Mary Ann (Hagler) Denny

March 14, 2024

Mary Denny Obituary

Mary Ann Hagler Denny, 73 of Franklinton, North Carolina was called to her heavenly home on Tuesday,

March 5, 2024 after a brief illness in Raleigh, North Carolina. Born in Boone, North Carolina on March 19,

1950 to the late Robert Hagler, Jr. and Catherine Wilson Hagler, Mary was the baby girl of seven


Mary was a student of Watauga Consolidated School and she was a graduate of Watauga High School in

Boone. After high school, Mary attended Mayland Community College in Spruce Pine, North Carolina to

pursue a cosmetology certificate. As a lifelong learner, later in life, Mary pursued a career in Phlebotomy

from Winston Salem State University, in Winston Salem, North Carolina. Mary became a Certified

Nursing Assistant and became a caretaker for the elderly in Watauga County.

Mary worked in healthcare for numerous years in which she was well loved by all, always making a mark

on people’s lives she cared for. Throughout her life in the healthcare business, Mary showed her loving,

nurturing side to everyone that she encountered.

Mary was a proud and loving mother of her three daughters, Lena, Kim and Christy. To Mary, family was

everything, and she especially loved her six grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Mary was a wonderful artist. One of her hobbies was painting canvas pictures with her oldest daughter,

Lena. Nicknamed "the Black Picassos" by family members, their beautiful artwork was displayed in their

home and continues to be displayed in all its glory.

Slow to anger, laid‐back and kind, Mary was known for calling all she met, “honey”. She made you feel

the love and in turn, she was well‐loved by everyone she met and will be greatly missed by many.

She is preceded in death by her parents Robert Hagler Jr. and Catherine Wilson Hagler; an ex‐husband

Billy Lee Denny, maternal and paternal grandparents; an infant sister, Nellie Colleen; a brother, Johnny

Lee Hagler; a sister, Sandra M. Hagler; an infant granddaughter, Olivia Cooper; and a special nephew,

Michael (Mikey) Jackson.

Mary is survived by daughters Margaret (Lena) Cooper of the home and Kimberly Horton, both from

Franklinton, NC and Christy Horton Fox of Boone. She leaves to mourn her untimely death 6

grandchildren, Nicholas Byers of Rhode Island, CT; Delacee Cooper Mann and husband Jamison of

Franklinton, NC; Treyvus Mutts of Boone, NC; Kristopher Howard of Franklinton, NC; and Adrienne Fox

and Johnathan Fox of Asheville, NC.

Mary also leaves her cherished great grandchildren, Hailee, Julez and Neaveh Mann and her siblings,

Roberta Jackson of Boone, NC, Louise Goins of Kings Mountain, NC and Anthony Hagler of Boone, as well

as a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, family and friends.

“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds,” Psalm 147:3

A memorial service to celebrate the life of Mary Ann Hagler Denny will be held at the Boone Mennonite

Brethren Church, 161 Church Street, Boone, NC at 3:00pm on Sunday, March 17. Officiating Ministers

are Pastor Joe Gray, Mount Nebo Holiness Church, Pastor Mike Mathes, Boone Mennonite Brethren

Church and Pastor Morris Hatton.


The service will also be accessible by zoom at the link below.

Homegoing service for Mary Ann Hagler Denny

Meeting ID: 319 058 580 Password: 410139

The family will receive friends from 2‐3pm and the service will follow at 3pm.

Austin & Barnes Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the Hagler‐Denny family.

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Memorial Service
March 17, 2024

3:00 PM
Boone Mennonite Brethren Church (NC)


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