Obituary for Mary Lee Carroll McGovern of Southern Pines

Mary Lee Carroll McGovern, affectionately known to many as Aunt Toodie, 86, of Southern Pines, NC, passed away peacefully on May 21, 2023 at the Hospice House in Pinehurst with loving family by her side.

Mary was born on October 20, 1936 to Mary Lou and Haywood Carroll in Richmond County, NC.

In the late 70’s, Mary earned a degree in accounting and worked in that field for many years. After which, she owned and operated a day care in Chapel Hill, NC up until her retirement in 2001.

Mary enjoyed being outside, walking and working in her yard. She also enjoyed hunting for treasures at the many estate sales in the area.

Mary is survived by her son, Donald Brace of Apex, NC; granddaughters Ashlee Morris, Taylor Brace and Tanner Brace. She is also survived by her brother, Robert Carroll (Betty); and her companion of 13 years, Norman “Nemo” Oliveau.  She was predeceased by her son, Mark Brace; her sisters, Ruby Jenkins and Evelyn Morgan; her brothers, James Carroll and Hassell Carroll; and both her parents. 

Mary was a kind, thoughtful and helpful person. She will be loved and remembered in the hearts of many forever!

 A grave side service will be held 11:00 AM Wednesday, May 31st. at Pinebluff Cemetery, located on Pinebluff Cemetery Road, Pinebluff, NC.

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Service arrangements have been entrusted to Boles Funeral Home.

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