Mary Louise Planchart (née Wilson)

Mary Louise Planchart (née Wilson)

Raleigh, N.C.

Mary Louise Planchart (née Wilson), 83, of Raleigh, N.C., died peacefully on June 13, 2019, with her daughter-in-law, Carolyn, at her side at the UNC Rex Nursing Home. The cause of death was complications from renal and cardiac failure. Mary was born in Turley, Okla., on Feb. 2, 1936, daughter of the late Earl Winfield Wilson and Hazel Rozella Wilson (née Gaynor).

Mary grew up in Independence, Kan., the second of six siblings. She attended St. Andrew’s Parochial School and Independence High School, and obtained an associate degree from Independence Community College. Mary was a candy striper for Mercy Hospital in Independence, Kan.; a civil servant in the federal government; an executive secretary for the Tulsa law firm McKee, Shuler and Bowker; and a homemaker.

Mary married José Ramon Planchart Montemayor of Caracas, Venezuela, on June 2, 1961. They met at a church-sponsored dance in Tulsa and though their marriage would end in divorce, it is rumored that theirs was love at first sight. They moved to Washington, D.C., where Mary held down a full-time job and raised her two sons while José attended university.

Mary went from a small-town life in the Midwest to travel across the country and the world. She lived many years in Venezuela, where she became fluent in Spanish, gave birth to her daughter and learned to make and love many of the country’s culinary wonders, including the best rice anyone has ever tasted, quesillo and chantilly. She also lived in Washington, D.C., the Rio Grande Valley, Tulsa, Boston, Bar Harbor and finally Raleigh, where lived for the last seven years. Of special significance to Mary was her home at Malvern Belmont Estates in Bar Harbor, where she lived for many years. There, she delighted in visiting Kids’ Corner to sit with and rock her newborn grandson, Simon. Mary loved to travel and bake, was a deeply loved grandmother whose grandkids called her Nanny, an avid reader, an accomplished seamstress and a ferocious puzzle builder, and loved spending time with family and friends. Mary faced many adversities during her life, including clinical depression and breast cancer, but was sustained by her Roman Catholic faith and the love and support of family and friends, including Island Connections and the many volunteers who drove Mary to Bangor for cancer treatment.

Mary was preceded in death by her former husband, her parents, her sister Rosie and her brother Earl. She is survived by three sisters, Geraldine, Shirley and Pam; two sons, Antonio (Carolyn) Planchart of Raleigh, N.C., and Michael (Sandra) Planchart of Franklin, Ohio; her daughter, Hazel (Peter) Moses of Ladera Ranch, Calif.; her grandchildren, Ryan (Lauren), Hazel, Michael (Natalia), Rebecca, Sarah, Luke, Emma, Cole, Beck and Simon; two great-grandchildren, Charlotte and Rio; numerous nephews and nieces, grandnephews and grandnieces; and her beloved dog, Jasmin.

A service in honor of Mary’s life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Mary to the UNC Rex Hospital. The family is especially grateful to the dedicated staff at the UNC Rex Heart and Vascular Hospital, the UNC Rex Rehabilitation Center and the UNC Rex Nursing Home. Their compassion was evident throughout Mary’s care.


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