Mary Frances Ihrke, 73, of Whispering Pines was called home on Monday June 22, 2020. 

A service will be held at Fry and Prickett Funeral Home on Saturday June 27, 2020 at 12pm with David Talbert officiating. The family will receive friends beginning at 11am. A limited number of people will be allowed in the funeral home as we try to comply with COVID-19 restrictions. We will have a tent outdoors in case of overflow. We recommend those attend to wear a mask. 

Mary was known as the bravest and strongest woman to all of her family. She worked many different jobs over the years primarily with Talbert’s Catering up until retirement. Ten years ago, she was told she had six months to live. However, she did not let that bring her down as she continued to fight to beat cancer. She will be remembered for her happiness and assuring love for those she knew. All of the precious memories she made in her time on earth will be cherished forever.  

She is preceded in death by her parents; George and Beulah McNeill, sisters; Nancy and Sandra, and grandson; Dustin Barfield Jr. 

She is survived by her loving husband of 11 years, Charles Ihrke, sons; Ernest Lee Greene Jr, Dennis Avery Greene, Dustin Nelson Barfield (Kerry), daughters; Teresa  McLennan, Trisha Patchin (John), Trenna Ihrke, and Theenda O’Flynn, along with sixteen grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. 

Services entrusted to Fry and Prickett Funeral Home 

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  1. Dustin and family. I am so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. I always thought a lot of Frankie and I’m sure she will be greatly missed. Praying for you and your family during this sad time.

  2. I am sorry for your loss. Frankie was one of the best and always a joy to be around. Frankie is resting in heavenly places. She surely will be missed.

  3. Frankie you were the sister I never had. You will be missed by all who knew you. I will miss our talks but I will always remember the love and the laughs we shared. Rest now we will see each other again on the other side. I love you dearly Granny Joyce.

  4. I will miss you. You showed everyone how to be a warrior. Rest now I know you will always be here watching over all of us. You are truly our own angel. Love you Grandma Frankie.

  5. I will forever miss your sweet face. I’ll forever feel a little lost when I’m visiting down home. I love you Gram Frankie! Until we meet again, please watch over the whole family.

  6. Sorry for loss!! She was a sweet women. Prayers for the family and friends.. sorry I can’t make it to North Carolina!! May she Rest In Peace!!

  7. so sorry….I met her once or twice, but my father-in-law, Chuck Dattilo, was her nephew and always spoke very highly of her. I am a close friend of Beulah Greene, her granddaughter, and know how much she loved her Grandma….I know she will be truly missed and me and my wife, Melissa Boyce, will continue to keep all of her family and friends in prayer….

    Deepest Sympathy,,
    George and Melissa Boyce

  8. Your sweet southern charm and your love for others and my grandfather will be cherished in my heart forever. You and Papa found each other when you needed each other most. You saved one another and shared so much love in those short 11 years. Rest easy Grandma

  9. Sorry to hear about Frankie. Always kind and gracious to all. Remember she was always that way, even back to elementary school. Prayers for all her loved ones.

  10. So sorry for the loss of a good friend. Chuck you were so good to Frankie, always thinking about her, you brought so much joy into her life. She fought the good fight, now she is free and healed! My prayers are with the entire family.

  11. To Dustin and all family members:
    So sorry to hear about Frankie. She was made of tuff stuff and the strongest person I have known. My thoughts and prayers are with each and everyone of you. She will be missed.

    Nancy Jones

  12. My deepest sympathy to Lee, Dennis & Dustin. Your mother had a big personality, a huge sense of humor and a laugh I will never forget. We shared a lot of good times at Stanley Furniture. Rest easy Frankie.

  13. With Deepest Sympathy! Our Thoughts & Prayers are With You! ❤️ So Sorry for Your Loss! Love , The Taylor’s, Linda & Derrick

  14. Blessing to each of you as you remember Frankie, she always said that June and I were her sister’s, we loved Frankie, she always had a beautiful smile and something to say that would be of great joy. and Laughter.

    Praying for all of you, in Christ Jesus

  15. My God blessed me to be able to get to know Frankie like I did. She will be missed. She had a good heart. I saw many that loved her.

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