Mary Kate Brooks Gunter, of Siler City, entered into the presence of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on May 24, 2023, at the age of 99. She was born in Chatham County, NC, on July 16, 1923. Born the fourth of eight children to her parents Herbert and Laudis Brooks. Mary graduated from Bonlee High School in 1941. In 1943, Mary wed Edmond “Buck” Gunter and became a housewife. The couple was blessed with their daughter, Brenda a few years later. Chicken farming paid their bills for several decades and Mary provided for her family and neighbors with her gardening and subsequent canning, freezing, cooking and baking. She enjoyed reading and visiting friends, family and neighbors. Her sense of humor was a delight.
Mary Kate was preceded in death by her parents, seven siblings and their spouses, as well as her husband of 67 years. She is survived by her daughter, Brenda Gunter Gay; son-in-law, Simeon Gay; two granddaughters, Sherry and Julie Gay; sister-in-law, Frances Gaines and several nephews and nieces.
Mary Kate was a born-again Christian who believed in Jesus Christ for salvation from sin and her only way to heaven. She was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church and often attended services at Pittsboro Bible Assembly with her family. Her testimony of steadfast faith in the Lord was a blessing to many and will live on in the memories of those who love her.
A visitation will be held on Saturday, May 27, 2023 at Fellowship Baptist Church, from 10:00 - 11:00 AM. The funeral service will follow at 11:00 AM, with Rev. Jason Golden officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Smith & Buckner Funeral Home is serving the Gunter family.
Online condolences may be made at www.smithbucknerfh.com