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Mary Joe Erwin Worth

Mary Joe Erwin Worth, surrounded by loved ones, died at home as she so desired on March 20, 2024, the first day of Spring, a culmination of 91 wonderful years of life.
Mary Joe was born on December 17, 1932, in Laurens, South Carolina to Isabel Dunlap Erwin and Robert Monroe Erwin. She allowed herself to be known as the princess of the family only because she shared the throne with her loving and devoted brother, Robert Monroe Erwin, the prince.
She graduated from Converse College with a degree in Sociology and Education, where she was elected Senior Class President and nominated to the Senior May Court. After graduation, she taught second grade in Laurens and then once married and living in Greensboro, she proclaimed herself the “worst” social worker because her heart was too big for the system. After raising her family, she began a very long and successful career in real estate until she was 80.
Mary Joe had a beautiful marriage of 64 years to the love of her life, Tom Worth, with whom they shared their passion for gardening, Clemson football, family and faith. Mary Joe was blessed with two daughters, Beth Cochran and Mollie Calhoun. Affectionately known as Gogo and Mama Joe to five grandchildren and three great children (Isabel Harris, Madelaine Worthy, Elizabeth Cochran, Thomas Calhoun, Robert Calhoun, Madison Worthy, Henderson Worthy and Gwendolyn Harris). Mary Joe loved with reckless abandon and unselfishly always put others before herself. She was predeceased by their daughter, Sally Worth, who died before her first month of life.
A resident of Southern Pines for more than 50 years, Mary Joe made an impact on the lives of many. She was blessed with wonderful friends and family who loved her dearly. Her beautiful wrinkles were evidence of a face well dressed in endless smiles. While not elected, she was known as the “governor” at the places where she held court like Vito’s or Bamboo salon.
A friend to nature, she shared a reciprocal compassion and love for her dogs and the birds that frequented her enchanted garden. She was active in the Southern Pines Garden Club, Keep Moore County Beautiful and Brownson Church. She was the essence of a southern lady, a steel magnolia, as tough as she was kind.
Funeral services will take place on Saturday, March 23, 2024 at 2:00 p.m. at Brownson Memorial Presbyterian Church in Southern Pines, North Carolina. Internment will take place at a later date.
Memorials are requested for Brownson Church and First Health Hospice, in gratitude for their love, dedication, care and support during this season of life.
Services entrusted to Boles Funeral Home.

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