Mary Lou Reed Caldwell

Friday, February 12, 1932 - Tuesday, September 14, 2021

A Giving and Caring Lady

Photo of Mary Lou Reed Caldwell  - 1932-2021

Canton- Peace will come when we hardly notice, like the first star in the evening sky or as a beautiful flower sways in the cool breeze of a September afternoon. Peace comes softly and we know that all is well. During the early morning hours of Tuesday, September 14, 2021 Mary Lou Reed Caldwell, age 89, passed away peacefully at her home, and in our hearts we know that all is well.

Mary Lou was born February 12, 1932 in Haywood County to the late James Earl Reed and the late Eula Edna Wiley Reed. All throughout her life’s journey, she has lived her life in the Lord’s service. Mrs. Caldwell was a faithful member of Waynesville Christian Fellowship where she had served as a Sunday school teacher and also as a leader of the Waynesville Women’s Club. Mary Lou was her family's Prayer Warrior and she spent endless hours each day in prayer. A most gracious and caring lady, she opened her home to many families and missionaries over the years and her kindness touched the heart of everyone blessed to know her. Her home was the gathering place for her family and loved ones to celebrate holidays, birthdays, and any other special day in between. Mary Lou’s greatest joy was having her family all together. She was an avid gardener and she enjoyed tending her lovely flowers and making certain that the hummingbirds that visited the Caldwell home were well cared for. We rejoice and give thanks for the life of Mary Lou Reed Caldwell who has been an example to follow of a devoted Christian, a loving wife, a wonderful mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and dear sister. In the words of her family, “She is walking with the Lord on this day.” All is well.

She was preceded in death by her devoted husband of 67 years, Dennis Reece Caldwell who passed away June 21, 2021, and also her brothers, James, Nook, and Ernest Reed.

Surviving are her son, Alan Caldwell and Sue of Canton; her daughter, Denise Holcombe and Donald of Canton; granddaughters, Nicole Wilson and Shane, Holly Gibbs and Josh, Rachel Sellers and Will, and Lisa Caldwell; great-grandchildren; Easton and Emmalyn Wilson, Callie Gibbs, Madeline Sellers and the precious blessings of Baby Gibbs and Baby Sellers on the way; her siblings, Melvin and Freda Reed and Jimmie Duke; also a multitude of friends that will miss her deeply.

A service of remembrance and celebration of Mrs. Caldwell’s life will be held at 6:00 pm Thursday, September 16, 2021 at Waynesville Christian Fellowship, 1115 Dellwood Road, Waynesville, NC 28786. Josh Gibbs will be leading the service.

Memorials may be made in memory of  Mrs. Caldwell to Gideons International, PO Box 1204, Canton, NC 28716.

Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Caldwell family.

Condolences from family and friends

So sorry for your loss but so happy to know that Mary Lou is in the loving arms of Jesus.
Stacie Story
Mary Lou was such a strong Christian, mother, wife, and role model. She was such a positive part of my childhood at Waynesville Christian Fellowship. We all love her and she will be in our hearts forever. My prayers are with all of you at this time.
Mary Helen Clement
We were so sorry to hear about Mary Lou. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We Love all of you! Dean and Anne Mathews
Anne Mathews
So sorry to hear about Mary Lou passing. I know your hearts are broken. We will be keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers today and in the days to come. We love you all.
Ricky & Gail Paxton
The obituary clearly shows who Mary Lou was. I was the beneficiary of her Christian hospitality, friendship and love. I moved to Canton just before the blizzard of 1996 and knew very few people. Mary Lou, Dennis and the other neighbors of that community looked after me, brought me water, scraped my driveway and lit the kerosene heater. I will never forget her.
Dorris Sherman
Am so sorry for your loss and will be praying for your family. Your mom was a jewel.
Judy Earley
It was a wonderful blessing for me and my family to have the beautiful friendship of Mary Lou. We Loved her dearly and appreciated all the prayers for our family. We truly know she is with Jesus and her husband Dennis. We send our love to Alan and Denise and all their families. God’s blessings for each of you. I am so sorry for your loss. I am praying for each one of you.
Annette Robinson Hatley
Denise and family, so very sorry for your loss. Have lots of fond memories of her. May God give you peace
Carol Willis sorrells