Mary Frances (Ault) Stone



Mrs. Mary Frances (Ault) Stone, 94, of Buies Creek died Thursday, March 15, 2018 at Universal Healthcare Nursing Home in Lillington, NC.

She was born in Montoursville, PA, August 16, 1923 to the late James Clyde Ault and Mildred Rose (Updegraff) Ault, and was next to the youngest of five siblings. She was preceded in death by her husband, William C. Stone; her son, Bari W. Stone; her parents; her oldest sister, Evelyn Gehr; and her youngest brother, Gerald Keith Ault.

Frances is survived by a loving and close-knit family. Her surviving siblings include Clyde Eugene Ault and Phyllis Thomas. Her surviving children and grandchildren include Lyvonne (Craig) Snyder, Ann (James) Little, Bari (Shannon) Snyder, and Christopher (Katherine) Snyder, Kelly (Marcus) Thompson, Amanda (Vance) Riggs. Her great-grandchildren include Cydney, Chloey, and Caleb Snyder; Kaylem, Kaylie, Kayclyn, and Kaycie Snyder; Parker and Taylor Thompson; Camryn Aikin. She has nine nieces and nephews along with their spouses and children.

She attended J. George Becht Elementary School and graduated from Montoursville High School in 1941. During WWII Frances was the head of the Department of Camouflage at Carey McFalls. She worked for 37 years overseeing the Listening Lab at Campbell University. As one of the oldest members of Lillington United Methodist Church and a strong woman of faith, Frances gave tirelessly of herself to her church and held many positions. She was the first woman lay leader, a member of the LUMC Women, sang in the choir, played piano, taught Sunday School, directed the children’s choir, worked in VBS, and chaired several boards over the years just to name a few.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00 PM Sunday, March 18, 2018 at Lillington United Methodist Church with Rev. Laura Beth Casey, Dr. Elton Hendricks, and Rev. Tim Bell officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service in the church sanctuary.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Lillington United Methodist Church, PO Box 506, Lillington, NC 27546 or to Liberty Hospice Service, 105 Hunt Valley Dr., Dunn, NC 28334.

The family wishes to express their appreciation to the staff of Liberty Hospice Service for their loving care of Frances.