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Mary Murray Townsend
  • In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to:
  • Huguenot Society of SC
    138 Logan Street
    Charleston, SC 29401
  • In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to:
  • Edisto Island Historic Preservation Society
    8123 Chisolm Plantation Road
    Edisto Island, SC 29438
  • In lieu of flowers, memorials may be to:
  • Alzeheimer Association, SC Chapter
    2090 Executive Hall Road, Suite 130
    Charleston, SC 29407

Pause Days Gone By by Bruce H. Zimmerman (ASCAP)
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“We are very sorry to hear of Mary's death. Please accept our love and affection and our sorrow at this loss to the family. We hope all of you are as...Read More »
1 of 8 | Posted by: Kit and David Borden - NC

“Don and I are thinking of you during this time of loss. We regret that we were unable to attend Aunt Mary's funeral as we were out of town. Our...Read More »
2 of 8 | Posted by: Sarah Mead - Brevard, NC - Family

“Thinking of my cousins especially Alston with loveAnna ”
3 of 8 | Posted by: Anna Taylor Blythe - Adams Run, SC

“Elizabeth, Joe and Family our condolences go out to you and your family during this time of loss, you our in our thoughts and prayers. Dean and...Read More »
4 of 8 | Posted by: Dean Bower - Newport, PA - Friend

“So sorry to hear about Aunt Mary's passing, but now I know she is happy to be with Uncle Matt in Heaven. I have such fond memories of Aunt Mary from...Read More »
5 of 8 | Posted by: Elise Whisenhunt - Gibsonville, NC

“I had the honor of knowing Miss Elizabeth Townsend, Daughter, while attending The Citadel. I enjoyed the hospitality of Mrs. Townsend on several...Read More »
6 of 8 | Posted by: Jason Perry - Tampa, FL

“I'm sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and your family. ”
7 of 8 | Posted by: Tamara Walker - Kingsland, GA

“Your mother was such a wonderful person and such a huge part of our childhood. Love and prayers to you all. Tbrkh ”
8 of 8 | Posted by: Nan Pinckney Boyne - Raleigh, NC


Mary Murray Wayne Townsend, 86, of Charleston, South Carolina, widow of Matthew Thomas Townsend entered into eternal rest Tuesday, August 15, 2017. Her funeral service will be held at the graveside Saturday, August 19, 2017 in Saint James Church Yard, 1872 Camp Road at 11:00 a.m. The family will receive friends Friday in the J. Henry Stuhr, Inc. Downtown Chapel from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

Mary was born June 5, 1931 in Charleston, South Carolina, daughter of the late Bacot Allston Wayne and Lucille Meggett King Wayne. She was a graduate of Memminger High School and was a member of the Huguenot Society of South Carolina. Mary enjoyed making Charleston bonnets for 82 Church Street and was a master gardener and seamstress. She was a longtime member of Saint James Church where she served as head of the Altar Guild, and was Junior Warden, and served on various other committees for the church.

Mary is survived by one daughter, Elizabeth Moultrie Townsend Perry (Joe) of St. Mary's, Georgia; two sons: Matthew Thomas Townsend, Jr. (Charlotte) of Charleston, SC and Richard Jenkins Townsend (Pamela) of James Island, SC; seven grandchildren: Matthew Thomas Townsend, III, Frances Lorraine Townsend Perazzola (Carl), Ashleigh Ruth Townsend McKnight (Duncan), Price Donald Richard Townsend, Sarah Elizabeth Perry, Petty Officer 2nd Class Joseph Matthew Perry, and Nicole Bessinger Wilder (Bubba); eight great-grandchildren; and her brother, Bacot Alston Wayne, Jr. (Phyllis).

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Huguenot Society of SC, 138 Logan Street, Charleston, SC 29401 and/or the Edisto Island Historic Preservation Society, 8123 Chisolm Plantation Road, Edisto Island, SC 29438 and/or the Alzheimer's Association SC Chapter, 2090 Executive Hall Road, Suite 130, Charleston, SC, 29407.