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Mary Ellen (Poole) Woodlief

August 14, 1937 ~ September 3, 2022 (age 85)


Mary Ellen Poole Woodlief, 85, passed away peacefully September 3 at her home. She was born August 14, 1937, in Wake County, to the late Royal Milton Poole and Vera Jones Poole. On December 18, 1955, she married the love of her life, Billy Ronald Woodlief, who preceded her in death on March 8, 1997. 

She lived most of her life on Old Milburnie Road being a devoted farmer’s wife, mother, grandmother, and friend to many. Mary Ellen worked at the American Lung Association before returning to school and receiving her B.S. Degree from North Carolina State University in 1986, after which she went to work as the Executive Assistant to the President of the North Carolina Bar Association.

Mary Ellen’s greatest joy in life was her grandchildren. She was happiest when she had surprise visits from Brittany and her son, Reagan, from Florida and when Spencer was playing song after song on the baby grand piano. Her children were a source of comfort and support, especially after the death of her husband and in her later years of failing health. Being an only child, she cherished the relationships she had with her many cousins and the family of her late husband, Billy. She loved her pets and flowers, “antiquing” with her cousins, NCSU basketball, and going on senior trips with Raleigh Parks and Recreation. She was faithful to her graduating class of 1955 from Knightdale High School, taking the lead on planning annual class reunions as long as her health allowed. She loved to read, except for the fact that a good book kept her up all night.  

Surviving is her daughter Ellen Woodlief Holding (Herbert), son Billy Craig Woodlief (Julie Wooten), grandchildren, Brittany W. Overstreet (Waylon) and Spencer Holding (Allison), great grandson Reagan Overstreet.

Her family is grateful for the support of extended family and friends as Mary Ellen’s health declined, as well as that of her loving caregivers, Denise Goff, Sarah Chebet, and Cathy Mwangi.

A private family service will be held to celebrate her life.

In lieu of flowers, honor her memory by donating to the charity of your choice. 

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