On Tuesday, June 28, 2022, Mary Virginia Strauss, loving mother, grandmother, aunt and great-grandmother, moved on to her next big adventure at the age of 91.
Mary was born August 14, 1930, in House, Ms., to Otis and Velma (Adkins) Winstead. She was the youngest of four children, with two sisters, Marguerite (Mockie) and Ludie (Billie) and a brother Thomas (Pete).
Growing up on a farm in rural Mississippi, Mary had a very active childhood exploring and working the land around her home. This led to her passion for sports, especially basketball which she played throughout her youth. Mary was not only athletic but also musical and often played boogie tunes on the piano.
His active lifestyle did not allow him to stay in one place for long. She has worked as an X-ray technician for many hospitals and medical offices across the country. From Union, Ms., to Detroit, to Memphis, then Knoxville, and finally Chattanooga. Her love for those around her led her to become as involved as she could in her family’s life and in social gatherings.
She had many different hobbies, one of which was playing bridge on Wednesdays. Another of his hobbies was cooking. His banana pudding was infamous among his family and friends.
Mary was predeceased by her parents, Otis and Velma Winstead, and her siblings, Marguerite (Mockie) Roberta Winstead Harris, Ludie (Billie) Helonise Winstead and Thomas (Pete) Peebles Winstead, as well as a granddaughter- daughter Molly Catherine Stovall.
She is survived by her daughters, Sue (Dan) Baliko, Vickie (Matt) Stovall and Terrie Leidholdt, her grandchildren, Jason Baliko, Melissa (Richard) Wade, Chad (Leah) Baliko, Tyler Robertson, Maggie Stovall, Rhys Robertson, and Sam Stovall, and his great-grandchildren, Caellum Baliko, Emma Baliko, Maeley Baliko, Rowdy Wade, Rebel Wade, Brooks Baliko and Kellen Baliko.
We would like to thank Dwight Somers of Hospice of Chattanooga. Mary Jane Cotter and Prentha Lee. Lawrence, Tiffany, Kelly, Jennifer, Connie, Michelle, Kim and all the nursing staff at the NHC and the Chaplins for taking such good care of our mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
“Those who love us never truly leave us” Albus Dumbledore.
The family will receive friends from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday, July 8 at the East Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, 404 South Moore Road.
A private funeral service will be held at Berry Highland Cemetery in Knoxville.
Please share your thoughts and memories on www.ChattanoogaEastChapel.com.