Annie Laura Gray Mabe

Published 9:43 am Tuesday, April 6, 2021

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Mrs. Annie Laura Gray Mabe, 80, died on Sunday, April 4, 2021 at Forsyth Medical Center.

She was born in Stokes County on Dec. 30, 1940 to the late Lloyd and Rachel Collins Gray. Mrs. Mabe was a member of Yadkin Valley Baptist Church. She was a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother who spent countless hours taking care of her grandchildren, including retiring early to babysit several of her grandkids full-time. She was best known for her cooking.  Her sister said she could make the cheapest pintos taste better than the most expensive steak.  Many of her family and friends benefitted from her cooking, as no one was every hungry at Meemaw’s house. From biscuits and gravy to fried apple pies, she was masterful in the kitchen and made everyone feel welcome at her table.

Preceding her in death: her husband, Dennis McArthur Mabe; and a brother, Gary Gray.

Surviving: 2 sons, Rick Mabe (Penny) and Kevin Mabe (Sherry); 3 daughters, Lisa Handy (Keith), Lori Smith (Tommy), and Paige Green (Scott); 14 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; a brother, Tim Jefferson (Teresa); and a sister, Kaylene Shelton.

A funeral service was to be held at 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 7 at Yadkin Valley Baptist Church with the Rev. Ronnie Craddock officiating. The family was to receive friends one hour prior to the service. A private graveside for the family was to follow in the church cemetery.