Mrs. Annie Laura Gray Mabe, 80, passed away Sunday, April 4, 2021 at Forsyth Medical Center. She was born in Stokes County on December 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 fabulous 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 great 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 was her husband, Dennis McArthur Mabe and a brother, Gary Gray. Surviving are two sons, Rick Mabe (Penny) and Kevin Mabe (Sherry); three daughters, Lisa Handy (Keith), Lori Smith (Tommy), and Paige Green (Scott); 14 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; also surviving is a brother, Tim Jefferson (Teresa) and a sister, Kaylene Shelton. A funeral service will be held at 5:00 PM Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at Yadkin Valley Baptist Church with Rev. Ronnie Craddock officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. A private graveside for the family will follow the service in the church cemetery. Hayworth-Miller Kinderton Chapel is serving the family of Mrs. Mabe.
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