Helping Families and Friends Honor Their Loved One
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Mary Lou Lloyd


Mary Lou Lloyd was born on January 31st, 1930 in Butner, North Carolina to parents Edgar and Mae Estes Cash. She was raised on a tobacco farm along with her brother, J.G. Cash (Dick).

Mary Lou had many cherished memories of her upbringing in rural Granville County. In conversations, she would often refer to the many summers of working in the tobacco fields, and milking cows before going to school. Always present was her fun-loving, prankster brother Dick Cash, who was there to help or to aggravate, as any older brother would to his sister. From the stories that she would tell, it was evident that their life on a farm was full of hard work and lots of good times.

Mary Lou graduated from Creedmoor High School in 1948 with the honor of Perfect Attendance for First grade through 12th grade. She was extremely proud of this, and never let her daughters forget it! By high school, she had met the love of her life T. Garland Lloyd (Garland or T.G.), and they were married in 1951. While raising their daughters Sheila and Karen, many weekend nights were spent with friends and family at area car racetracks. Later, the family developed a love for camping at Kerr Lake, where many friendships were made and countless fond memories.

Mary Lou retired from the Purchase and Contract Division for the State of North Carolina after 30 years of service. There, she met co-workers who became lifelong friends. Many nights were filled with telephone conversations that included sharing the latest family updates and catching up on her 2 favorite soaps, General Hospital and Young and the Restless. To those that knew her, she was a real talker, never at a loss for words. No one enjoyed sending and receiving Christmas cards more than Mary Lou. She began preparing them in October, and would anxiously await sending them, but not before December 1st!

Mary Lou was very proud of her “school teacher” daughters, Karen and Sheila but they often paled in comparison to her son-in law, John Allers. According to her, he was the BEST. After retirement, she enjoyed trips to Topsail Island, gardening and shopping, especially at Hudson Belk!

The family would like to acknowledge Transitions Lifecare, Twins Loving Care Services, Ms. Cotten and Ms. James for their care and kindness. Donations in her memory may be made to Fellowship Baptist Church at 1512 Beaver Dam Road, Creedmoor, NC 27522.

Private Graveside services will be held at 2PM on Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at Carolina Memorial Gardens by the Reverend Dan Hill.

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  • Paige Oiwell Bulloch Posted April 13, 2020 1:35 pm

    Mary Lou was my great great aunt. I recently reconnected with her through a caregiver when her daughter Karen reached out to me to do her nails. We discovered we were related in our conversation whIle I did her nails. All of the memories I had of her came rushing back to me as I looked at her and realized how much she looked like my grandmother Jodie Powell! She used to keep me from time to time when I was about 8 years old. She told me some wonderful stories and I couldn’t hold the tears back. She is such a precious soul and I felt so blessed to spend time with her. The family invited me to her 90th birthday celebration and I really fell like God orchestrated the whole thing! Her party was perfect and she was so overwhelmed at all of the loved ones that came to celebrate her. What a blessing! I recently lost both of my parents and I know they had a wonderful reunion in heaven welcoming her to the place where she belongs.

  • Z – Cathy Zozakiewicz Posted April 13, 2020 3:11 pm

    Loula was like a second mother to me, and her family has and will continue to be my second family. I am her daughter Karen’s best friend, more like another sister really, and everyone, including Loula knows me as Z! I have so many incredible memories of hanging out with Loula, including when TG was alive. I remember going camping with the whole family at Kerr Lake in the summer and taking boat rides with Loula and TG in the boat around the lake. I cherish going shopping at Belks with Loula, Karen and Sheila, commandeering the large fitting room, and all of us trying on our selections for Loula, who would give us her frank advice about what looked good and what did not. She had an eye for style! I have many outfits that she helped select that will carry her spirit forever! And the best part was getting back home and figuring out how much money we saved – Loula loved a sale! Hugs, respect and eternal peace, Z!

  • Z – Cathy Zozakiewicz Posted April 13, 2020 3:16 pm

    My other favorite memories are going to Topsail island and staying at the beach with the whole family. We would hang out on the screened in porch in the evenings and just talk, enjoy the waterway and each other’s company. We would go out to eat at the restaurant where John drove us in the boat. Loula would usually pick up the bill. One time I was able to sneak off during dinner and pay the bill, beating Loula to the punch. When the bill came paid, Loula said with a surprised look, “Oh Z!” More fun times with Loula!

  • Z – Cathy Zozakiewicz Posted April 13, 2020 3:16 pm

    Last one: Lastly, Loula and I had a special connection in relation to her daughter Karen. Throughout the years, every time I visited and Karen and I would prepare to leave, Loula would ask me to watch over Karen and keep her straight. And I would tell her not to worry – I had it all under control. It was our little verbal dance that reassured us both that Karen was not alone when she left Carolina, and I was not alone either – we really had each other’s back as sisters with different Mamas. So no worries Loula, I will always have Karen’s back and continue to keep her straight while you watch us with TG above. Loula was a wonderful, articulate, funny, loyal woman, whose family meant everything to her and who fully accepted me into her family. For this I will be forever grateful! I love you and will miss spending time with you, talking with you, eating with you and seeing how much your daughters and son-in-law meant to you everyday!

  • Molly Winner Posted April 13, 2020 5:03 pm

    Whenever I went to my friend Karen Lloyd’s home, Mary Lou was always chatty and genuinely interested about you. She was a gem of a mother. I also remember that T.G. made the most mouth-watering pork chops. I know they are together up in heaven, T.G. cooking the angels divine pork chops and Mary Lou chatting up all the angels.

  • Dave Zozakiewicz- AKA Broski Sopha Zozakiewicz -AKA Sispa Posted April 13, 2020 5:41 pm

    Having known and been great friends with Loula’s daughter Karen, (my 2nd Sister), for many years and hearing all the great stories regarding her and TG, I finally was able to visit a few years ago and it felt like we’d known each other forever. My first impressions were how quick her mind was, her sense of humor and how comfortable she made me feel. I worked as a Chef for many years, so it was great fun to chat her up about food and cooking. This led one day to Loula’s southern biscuit cooking class, in which we made biscuits together and I’ve never had more fun in the kitchen! A memory I’ll never forget!! I’m still using your recipe Loula!

  • Dave Zozakiewicz- AKA Broski Sopha Zozakiewicz -AKA Sispa Posted April 13, 2020 5:42 pm

    I recently married and it was a priority that I introduced my wife Sopha to Loula, last June we made the trip up from Florida for a visit and Sopha and Loula immediately became buddies. We’ve kept in contact with her over the past few years calling to check in. Last week we called Loula and feel incredibly lucky to have spent some quality time over the phone, she was in great spirits joking with us and asking a million questions. Loula, you made a lasting impression on both of us that we will keep in our back pocket forever! Love and peace to you

  • Ray Broughton (Sheila) Posted April 13, 2020 10:57 pm

    Mary Lou was a long-time co-worker during my whole State of NC career. From the first day of meeting her, I knew she was GENUINE. Expressed so much enthusiasm and caring for others. Could talk and work at the same time without loss of time. Loved and appreciated her family dearly. On a lighter note, work parties were always a surprise to see what Mary Lou would wear. One year it was “short-shorts” which was the rage at that time.
    Happy to say that Mary Lou was a Christian, both in spirit and in attitude toward other people. Such a joy to know. It was my pleasure and fortune to have worked with Mary Lou, and to have known her since 1975. She will surely be missed.

  • Teresa C Davis Posted April 15, 2020 2:01 pm

    Mary Lou was a long time co worker at Purchase and Contract with whom became a friend forever. I will miss our weekly phone calls in which we chatted about friends and our daily lives. My deepest and sincerest sympathy to her family.

  • Billyl Kent Posted July 14, 2020 1:53 am

    Mary Lou, TG and the girls were my extended family. TG was a great crappy fisherman at Kerr lake always bring home more than needed for the neighborhood TG and Mary Lou made some of the best C. Ham self risings in Raleigh. They were always bring over food for mom and dad She was the last contact I had with the ol neighborhood and I along with my mom loved talking to her. She is now resting in peace with her family I would like to thank Mary Lou, TG, Shelia, Karen for being outstanding neighbors for over 50 years. Love you all.

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