Mary Elizabeth McAllister, genuine Queen, avid shopper, ultimate peacemaker and accomplished Facebook gamer died peacefully Wednesday evening, October 27th 2021. Mary enjoyed spending time with her family, had a huge heart for children and a found more recent love for playing online games. She loved to write poetry and watch cooking programs. Mary never feared modern technology but embraced it.
Mary believed that when you don’t try, then you will never fly. Mary remained self-reliant and never wanted to burden anyone with her problems. She remained optimistic in her fight and encouraged others to do better, all the time. Mary loved her family and good friends and always bought joy to whomever she met.
Mary later in life owned and operated Little Tots Growth Center with her granddaughter Marichia after retiring from nursing. Outgrowing her fears of driving, she also surprisingly tried her hand at becoming a bus driver. As an Early Childhood Provider, she cared for many children that she grew to love as her own. We were all so blessed to learn many valuable lessons from her that will last a lifetime. She would always say that she was a lucky woman, who led a lucky existence and for that she was always grateful. When she first got sick she instantly decided to be joyful about the life she led and basking in her children's adventures and triumphs rather than being sad about having to leave us. Amazingly, that outlook worked for her. Well, you know, most of the time.
Born October 18th 1950 in Fayetteville, North Carolina to (the late) Beaulah M. Breeden and Robert Flowers. Mary grew up in Raeford and was a graduate of Hoke County High School. She then ventured out of the South towards the big city to Jersey State College to play tennis. Once she migrated to New York City she met and loved for almost 30 years her other half William Roy Walters from Danville, Virginia. Above all, Mary talked to everyone, about anything. You may read this and recall a conversation you’ve had with her that touched your heart, tickled your funny bone, or maybe made you think “now how she’d know that?” She was just that awesome!
She is survived by her children and grandchild whose photos and stories she would readily share, always brandishing her love for them: Jett H. Adams Jr., Veronica S. McAllister-Bourne (her husband Russell Bourne) and Victor S. McAllister (his wife Marsha McAllister), Tammy, Tyrone and Tasher Walters; siblings: Rev. Juanita Pratt, Caroline Guilford, Emma Thomas, Carlista Williams, John Mark Breeden and Keith Breeden; grandchildren: Marichia Eliza McAllister-Bourne, Clarissa Smith, Rashid & Raheem Adams and Phfakntice McFadden, Tamara (Hot Rod), Destiny, Keith, Christopher, Tamara, Taylor and Chase; and many in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and family too numerous to list but certainly not forgotten. Mary is reunited with her husband and favorite dance and debate partner, William Roy Walters and predeceased by two siblings; Wilmor and James Breeden.
Mary was an absolute Queen and a real fighter and we know her sense of the love and beauty in the world will continue to fill many people with the incredible joy she felt for life.
“Long live the beauty that comes down and through and onto all of us”
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