Mary Manus-Seate

April 25, 2021

Indian Trail, NC – Mary Manus-Seate, 79, died Sunday, April 25, 2021 at Atrium Health Hospice of Union County. A native of Jefferson, NC, Mary was the daughter of Gilbert Howland and Gretchen Oliver Howland. Mary grew up in Charlotte and was a long-time member of Ebenezer ARP Church where she worked in the nursery for over fifty years and was known as “maw-maw Mary” by generations of families and their children. She later retired from the Steele Creek Child Development Center. She was currently a member of Starmount ARP Church.

Mary was a loving, mother, sister and grandmother. She was preceded in death by her husband, Worth Seate and a brother, James Howland. She is survived by a daughter, Pam Smith and her husband, Ralph of Waxhaw, NC and a son, Keith Manus and his wife, Missy of Indian Trail, NC; two grandsons, Hunter and Wesley Manus; sister, Joyce Siener of Indian Trail and a brother, Bob Howland, and his wife, Diane of Fort Lawn, SC; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be at Noon on Thursday, April 29, 2021 at Starmount ARP Church, 1501 Starbrook Drive, Charlotte, NC 28210. The family will receive friends for one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in the Ebenezer ARP Church Cemetery in Charlotte. The funeral service will be livestreamed at

Memorials may be sent to Word Witness, 918 Pleasantburg Dr. #218, Greenville, SC 29607.

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth W. Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC; 28204 (704) 641-7606. Online condolences can be shared at

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  • Charlotte & Irvin Seate & Sharon Seate Acree

    Mary was the sweetest person. She had such a loving heart and a beautiful soul. Our loss is heaven's gain, but she will be missed by everyone who knew her.

  • Eugene & Teresa Dilling

    So sorry for your loss. We thought a lot of your Mom and all the work she did in the nursey at Ebenezer ARP. Know that you all are in our thoughts and payers.


  • phyllis osborne

    ii wiorked with Mrs MARYfor 15 years at steele creek church she so sweet and loved her church most she her family they light of her life she will missed very much Mrs Mary rest now you desire it .

  • Donna Salter Butler

    My deepest sympathy to all of the family of Mary Manus-Seate. I have known her my whole life and she was always such a joy to be around. My child and my grandchildren were some of those who knew her as “Maw Maw Mary”. She served along side my Mom “Tee” in the church nursery at Ebenezer for many years. She lived with Keith & Pam in our neighborhood for a while too. I know she is with the Lord Jesus Christ now and she is enjoying the Savior of whom she taught a lot of people about. She will always hold a very special place in my heart. I’m thankful that I was able to know her. Look forward to seeing you again in heaven.

  • Deb Seate

    Mary - Thank you for giving my father the happiest years of his life.

  • Michael and Judy Adrian

    There are so many precious memories of our family times with Mary. She was always quick to smile and love us. And she set a great example of being a Godly woman at all times. We will miss her here on this earth but take pleasure in knowing she is with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Love to our family!

  • J.P. and Vicki Helms

    Mary was a wonderful person. We always enjoyed our time together around the holidays. She will be sorely missed!