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Mary Elizabeth "Lib" Mayhall
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DURHAM: Mary Elizabeth “Lib” Mayhall, 78, died Thursday, January 25, 2018 at her home in Durham. She was born in Memphis, TN, the daughter of the late Walter Simonton and Mary Elizabeth Downing Jamieson. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Gene Mayhall.

Lib grew up in Covington, TN and Chicago, graduating from the University of Chicago in 1961 with a degree in English Literature. While a young mother, she braved three stints living abroad – two in London, England and one in Kolkata (then Calcutta), India. She arrived in Durham with her family in 1973 and retired from Duke University Hospital as Senior Psychodiagnostic Technician. In her retirement, she traveled widely – by bicycle and RV – with her beloved Gene. Saturdays she played bridge with friends and particularly valued the friendship of Joan Ward. Lib was a gifted artist and treasured painting-sessions with her granddaughter Caitlin, also an artist. Among so many other things, her family will miss her wry humor, keen intellect and laser focus on their wellbeing.

Lib Mayhall is survived by her daughter, Leslie Packer (Tom), son, Kevin Calkins (Kathy Jo Wetter); step-daughters, Patricia Desforges (Andre) and Pamela Mayhall; grandchildren, Liam O’Toole (Hillary), Caitlin O’Toole (Selva Kumar), Justin True, Nichola Desforges and Esmé Calkins.

The family expresses gratitude for the engaged and expert care shown by the staff of Duke Hospital, particularly Drs. Shiao-Wen David Hsu and Sabino Zani.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 pm, Saturday, February 10, in the Gathering Room at Clements Funeral Service in Durham. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Adoption Program of Family Services, 1200 S. Broad Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101 or https://25584.thankyou4caring.org/.


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2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Gathering Room at Clements Funeral Home

1117 Broad St
Durham, NC 27705

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