Obituary Listings

Mary Elizabeth Warren Salmon

December 10, 1930 December 21, 2017
Mary Elizabeth Warren Salmon
There are condolences waiting approval on Mary's Tribute wall
Obituary for Mary Elizabeth Warren Salmon

DURHAM: After 87 well-lived years of life, Mary Salmon died on December 21, 2017. She was born on December 1930 to Early and Ada Warren in Rural Hall, North Carolina. She lived life to the fullest – loving her Lord, family and friends.

Mary graduated from Rural Hall High School where she was a star guard on the Rural Hall girls basketball team and earned the nickname ‘Mary Rabbit’ for her quickness on the court. She met the love of her life and future husband, Garland R. Salmon Jr. in Rural Hall and they were happily married for 64 years, until Garland’s death in 2015.

Mary, Garland and their family enjoyed many happy times at their beach house in Emerald Isle, North Carolina. They opened their beach house to many family and friends as a gift of love and enjoyed spending time with everyone.

Mary never met a stranger and always saw the good in people. She was a great hostess and homemaker – always making everyone around her feel welcomed and loved. She was a passionate Duke fan, especially with the basketball team and Coach K – and never hesitated to express her love and support for Duke basketball; attending many games and ACC tournaments. Mary and Garland celebrated their 50th anniversary and really enjoyed their personally autographed ball from Coach K with his sincere appreciation for their long support and best wishes for their 50 years of marriage.

Mary was such a beautiful, positive vibrant spirit of great faith who was dedicated to her Lord, family and friends. She served as a Nurses Aid at Duke Surgical PDC for 20 years, beloved and respected by the doctors, nurses and patients she took care of. She helped create a very caring environment and was an incredible role model and positive influence on everyone she came into contact with. Mary loved her church family and was a devoted member of Immanuel Baptist Church in Durham.

Preceding her in death was her devoted husband, Garland R. Salmon, Jr., who died in 2015.

Surviving are her children: Steven Salmon and Susan, Sandra Toler and husband Steve, Shelia Salmon and husband Ronnie. Also surviving are her cherished and adored seven grandchildren, to whom Mary was affectionately known as ‘Mana’: Jason Salmon, Kelly Salmon, Michelle Hilliard, Matt Toler, Heather Hilliard, Mary Ann Lang and Paul Ventrilla and 8 great grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8pm, Tuesday December 26 at Clements Funeral Home. A funeral service and celebration of Mary’s life will be held at 2pm, Wednesday December 27 at Clements Funeral Chapel in Durham with Rev. Raymond Johns officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. Family and friends are invited to the home of Sandra and Steve Toler 8709 Mill House Lane, Bahama 27503 after the burial.

The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. in Durham. Online condolences may be made at

To send flowers or a remembrance gift to the family of Mary Elizabeth Warren Salmon, please visit our Tribute Store.

Previous Events





6:00 PM 12/26/2017 6:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 12/26/2017 8:00:00 PM
Clements Funeral Home

1105 Broad St.
Durham, NC 27705

Clements Funeral Home
1105 Broad St. Durham 27705 NC
United States

Funeral Service




2:00 PM 12/27/2017 2:00:00 PM
Clements Funeral Chapel in Durham

1105 Broad Street
Durham, NC 27705

Clements Funeral Chapel in Durham
1105 Broad Street Durham 27705 NC
United States

Cemetery Details


Oak Grove Memorial Gardens Final Resting Place

3712 Cheek Road
Durham, North Carolina 27704

3712 Cheek Road Durham 27704 North Carolina
United States

Create new album
Subscribe To Obituaries

We appreciate your support
In accordance with the wishes of the family, this
message has been declined.
Mary Elizabeth Warren Salmon

Thank you for sharing your
memory of Mary

Provide comfort by sending fresh
flowers from our local florist.

Send Flowers
No thanks, please don't show me this again.