Mary Andrew, 1941-2016

Published 9:00 am Sunday, August 21, 2016

Mary (Gatling) Andrew, 73, passed away peacefully Monday, May 23, 2016, at The Dawn Hospice in New York City. She was born Nov. 6, 1941, in Waverly in Surry County, Virginia. She was one of the three children born to the late Fred and Annie Elizabeth (Britt) Gatling. 

Mary Andrew

Mary Andrew

Mary was joined in holy matrimony to the late Martin Lethan Andrew, who preceded her in death in 2004.  She was a 1961 graduate of Robert L. Vann High School and relocated to Brooklyn, New York. She was employed at several apparel companies and retired as a home health aide with Self-help Community Services Inc. of New York.

Mary is survived by two sisters, Cora Ruffin (James) of Ahoskie, North Carolina, and Florence Gatling-Gordon of East Orange, New Jersey; two nieces, LaTrenda Smith (Byron) of Snellville, Georgia, and Yalanda Ruffin of Raleigh, North Carolina; and two nephews, James LeMar Ruffin (Keisha) and Artemus Ruffin of Raleigh. She also leaves three great-nephews, D’Shaun Cooper of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, De’Veron Saunders of Ahoskie and Kayvon Ruffin of Raleigh; great-nieces Da’Neisha Saunders of Ahoskie, and Nautica, Aniya and Kaliah Ruffin of Raleigh; one aunt, Luvenia Futrell of Woodland, North Carolina; and one uncle, Clinton Alton Britt, of Cambria Heights, New York.

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Services took place May 28 at LaGree Baptist Church, 362 West 125th St. in New York City. The Rev. Wayland Williams Jr. officiated. Interment was in Rosehill Cemetery in Linden, New Jersey. Arrangements were entrusted to Owens Funeral Home Inc. in New York City.