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Mary Ann (Presley) Edmisten

February 16, 1931 ~ January 9, 2024 (age 92) 92 Years Old

Mary Edmisten Obituary

Mary Ann Presley Edmisten, age 92, of Boone, passed away Tuesday, January 9, 2024.

Mary was born on February 16, 1931 in Ludlow, Mississippi to Andrew and Ophelia Presley. Mary attended Forrest Hill High School then Hines Junior College where she excelled in basketball and swimming. Mary moved to Boone to attend and graduate from Appalachian State Teachers College (ASU).

For all of Mary’s life, no matter what her work assignment, she was a teacher. She taught in camps for the disabled in Mississippi, in Watauga County public schools, and with international students at Appalachian. Family, music, nature, the mountains, and flower gardens were her true loves. Mary was many things to many people in vast diverse walks of life. She was at one time or another, in a life filled with service to others, a dedicated and caring school teacher, a superlative stenographer, a supportive pharmacists assistant, a devoted medical assistant, and a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother to her family. Mary retired from the department of International Programs at Appalachian State University where her talents for compassion, support, encouragement, tolerance and empathy were in the highest demand. In the minds of hundreds of international students from across the globe, and to her friends and family, Mary Edmisten was the always-friendly face, and the constant source of wisdom and love. Her students, friends, and family will remember, appreciate and love her forever.

Mary was preceded in death by her loving parents and her three sisters: Ruby, Francis, and Bonnie as well as four brothers: Billy, Bobby, James, and AJ.

Mary is survived by her daughter Lori Edmisten Pressley and husband Mark of Taylorsville, son John Paul Edmisten and wife Judy of Pigeon Forge, son Walter Leroy Edmisten of Stoney Fork, and son Andrew Bryan Edmisten of Boone. Additionally, she is survived by three grandchildren, Jacob Burleson and wife Amanda Kincaid of Boone, Elisha “Eli” Burleson of Fredericksburg, Sage Edmisten of Pigeon Forge, one great granddaughter Isabella Burleson of Fredericksburg  well as many nieces and nephews.

Services for Mary Ann Presley Edmisten will be at 1:00 p.m., Saturday January 27, 2024 at Three Forks Baptist Church in Boone. The family will receive friends from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Saturday, January 27, 2024 in the church. Burial will follow at the Edmisten  Family Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Three Forks Baptist Church, 1922 US 421 S, Boone, NC 28607.

Online condolences may be shared with the family at the website www.austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com.

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