Mary Lou Salter, 71, of Calabash, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019, in Brunswick County. Her husband grew up in Carteret County.

To honor Mary Lou’s life, a memorial is at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19 at Seaside United Methodist Church in Sunset Beach.

She was born in Newport News, Va., Feb. 18, 1947, a daughter of the late Roy Eugene Byrd and Leona Rutledge Byrd.

Mary Lou had a fabulous smile, loved entertaining and traveling, but there was nothing of greater importance than her family. She was an incredibly vibrant, kind and loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister. She created many endearing friendships with her authentic warmth and loyalty.

She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Jeffrey H. Salter; sons, Jeffrey Salter Jr. of Calabash, Christopher Salter and wife Jennifer of Marietta, Ga., and Les Salter and wife Tara of Cornelius; daughter, Cary Russell and husband Conard of Calabash; sister, Joanne Giles of Cary; grandchildren, William, Hannah, Christopher, Ella, Lucy, Berkley and Saylor; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Roy Eugene Byrd Jr.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to your local animal shelter.

Arrangements are by Brunswick Funeral Service in Shallotte.

(Paid obituary)

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