Mary Lillian Nute Raines

May 4, 1940 - September 11, 2018

05/04/1940 - 09/11/2018

AHOSKIE, NC – Mary Lillian Raines, age 78, passed away on September 11, 2018, at the home of her daughter in Ahoskie, NC.

Mr. Raines was born in Toonigh, GA, on May 4, 1940, a daughter of the late Ray McKinley and Lillie Pruitt Nute. Mary was the owner and operator of B&M Upholstery and Antiques Store in Lakeland FL, until she moved to Ahoskie to be near her daughter.

Besides her parents, Mary was preceded in death by her brother, Raymond Melvin Nute.

Left to cherish her memory is her devoted daughter, Kathy McElhaney Richmond and husband, Don; her sister, Clara M. Reed; a grandson, Joseph Lee Richmond and wife, Jenn; a granddaughter, Leanne Elizabeth Richmond; and her great granddaughter, Emery Kate Richmond, all of Ahoskie, NC; and two nieces and two nephews.

A memorial service will be held at a later date in Toonigh, GA.

Memorial contributions may be made directly to Community Home Care and Hospice, 200 Green St., Suite 203, Williamston, NC, 27892 or online by clicking here or to Alzheimer’s Association, Eastern North Carolina Chapter, 5171 Glenwood Avenue, Suite 101, Raleigh, NC, 27612; or online by clicking here

Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service – Ahoskie Chapel is handling the arrangements for the Raines family and online condolences can be directed to the family by visiting

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Mary Ellen Brown Brock
5 years ago

Kathy and Family, I was so sorry to learn that your mom has passed away. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayer. God loves you.

Betty Williams
5 years ago

We send our heartfelt condolences and  prayers for you and your family in the passing of your mom. The Lord is with you to hold you, comfort and to give you strength. Earth has no sorrow that heaven can not heal.
 Isaiah 41:10 -So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. 

Philippians 4:7 -And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Shirley Williams
5 years ago

Kathy , so sorry to hear of your Moms passing. Cherish the memories. Sending prayers for peace a comfort in the days ahead.

Marion Faison
5 years ago

Kathy, sorry to hear your Mom passed. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Love you,

Cindy Lassiter
5 years ago

Kathy and family . I didn’t know she was so sick. I’m so sorry for your loss of your mom!! There is nothing like losing your mama!! You are strong and will make it through!! You are in my thoughts and prayers!! Love you, Cindy

Stephanie Gatling
5 years ago

Kathy and Family,
I extend my deepest condolences to you. You are certainly in my thoughts and prayers. May the God of all comfort grant you peace during your time of bereavement.

Audrey Nicholson
5 years ago

I am so sorry to learn that your mama has passed away. I remember all the funny stories you told about her when we worked together. You always drove your van to Florida to see her back then. I am so glad that you got to bring her to live with you before she passed away. May it bring you peace that she is now among the angels.
Much love and fond memories,

Brenda Allen
5 years ago

Kathy and family, I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my prayers. I know what you are going thru. If I can be of any help, just talk or anything let me know

Lillian Whitaker
5 years ago

Kathy and family,

I am sorry for your loss. It is really hard to go through the heartache and sorrow. Please accept my sincerest condolences. It is hard now but eventually it will get a little easier but don’t expect it soon. Your mother knew how much you and your family loved her. She is resting and not suffering. I know that is no help but I’ve been where you are now, so keep the faith and God will bless you and family. I am so sorry you are going through this. I know your heart is heavy but in due time the pain will ease. God bless you and your family.

Debbie Wheeler Martin
5 years ago

To Kathy and family …My thoughts and prayers are with you all…May God guide and direct you during this difficult time