Obituaries: Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017

Mary Lee ‘Sis’ Snipes Cuthbertson

Sept 4, 1923 — Aug. 16, 2017

Mary Lee “Sis” Snipes Cuthbertson, 93, passed away Aug. 16, 2017, at the John F. Keever Solace Center in Asheville. She was born Sept. 4, 1923, to the late Alonzo and Florence McKinney Snipes.

She was a strong-willed, independent woman whose working career began at the age of 16 when she took a job in Hickory. After working for 10 years, she came home, where she began working at Marion Manufacturing Company and retired 28 years later. Shortly after her first retirement, she began another career with Baxter Healthcare, where she worked for almost 30 years until her second retirement. She then became a full-time grandmother and great-grandmother until the time of her death.

She was an avid gardener and loved to share the fruits of her labor. She will be remembered for her toughness, her stubbornness and her kind heart.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Cuthbertson; four brothers, David, George, Jesse and Louis Snipes; and a sister, Rachel Matheson.

She is survived by her son, Lonnie Cuthbertson and wife, Faye, of Spruce Pine; granddaughters, Heather Greene and husband, Bryan, and Lacy (Daisy) Cuthbertson-Todd and husband, Jeff, both of Marion; great-grandson, Samuel Greene; great-granddaughter, Sawyer Greene; two sisters-in-law, Nancy and Shelba Snipes; several nieces and nephews; special sister-in-law and lifelong friend, Billie Ashbury; and special caregiver, Wilma Owensby.

A funeral service honoring the life of Mary Lee “Sis” Cuthbertson was 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017, in the Chapel of Webb Funeral Home with Bryan Greene and Jeff Todd officiating. A time to support the family, share memories and receive friends was from 2- 3:30 p.m. in the funeral home chapel. Interment was in the Grassy Creek Memorial Gardens.

Words of comfort may be emailed to the family by going to, selecting Mary Lee Cuthbertson’s name and signing her guestbook. Webb Funeral Home of Spruce Pine is assisting the Cuthbertson family. Mrs. Cuthbertson’s obituary has also been posted on Facebook.

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