Marie Deaton-Negus, 80, of Biscoe, went home to be with her Lord on Saturday, September 28, 2019.

Marie was the daughter of the late Gaither and Thelma Walker Hefner of Hickory. She was also preceded in death by her husbands, Walter F. Deaton and John H. Negus.

She was a retired teacher of Montgomery County Schools and retired from the Montgomery County Service Veterans Office. She served as past President of VFWA and was lay leader of Star United Methodist Church, where she was a member for many years.

She is survived by son, Joseph Deaton and wife Yvonne of Randleman; stepdaughters, Hazel Saunders and husband Van of Troy and Kathy Fields and husband Jody of Mt. Gilead; stepson, Joseph Negus of Mt. Gilead; sisters, Doris Shuford and husband Doug of Carolina Shore, Jean Costner and husband Clifford of Hilderbrand, Audrey Sigmon of Holden Beach and Janet McDaniels and husband Jeff of Conover; brothers, Mark Hefner and wife Belinda of Hickory, Gary Hefner and wife Barbara of Newton, Dewey Hefner of Catawba, Bob Hefner and wife Rosa Linda of Conover and Richard Hefner and wife Rheta of Hickory; 24 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held 4 p.m., Monday, September 30, 2019 at Star United Methodist Church. Pastor Kay Boone officiated and interment followed in the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Star U.M.C. Children Zoe Ministry, c/o Deborah Spivey, 714 Sedberry Road, Biscoe, NC 27209.

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