Mae Winslow Weaver

Our Mom, Mae Winslow Weaver, passed away on January 20, 2022.  She was 89 years feisty! 

Born in Hertford, NC, she lived most of her childhood at the Baptist Children’s Home in Kinston, NC.  There she had a happy and nurturing upbringing while making lifelong friends.

After graduating high school, Mom moved to Newport News to begin a job at the C&O Railroad, where she met the love of her life, a handsome young tugboat captain named Dee Weaver. They married in 1952 and so began 56 years of love, fun and family.

She was an active member of North Riverside Baptist Church where she often kept the nursery.

Mom and Dad moved from Newport News to Lake Gaston in 1987 where they entertained family and friends with boat rides, campfires and good food.

Some random goodies about Mom:

She loved a glass of good wine. And bad wine. 

She hated being cold.

She never pumped gas in her car. Ever.

She never hesitated to give you her opinion, whether asked for or not.

She never told secrets entrusted to her.

She had a talent for finding the lawn chair that would collapse when sat in, and there were many jokes about that. 

She always seemed to know what mischief we kids were up to, so much so that we called her “witch” behind her back.  But she knew that too and as we got older it became a family joke.  No one got away with anything with a Witch in the house!

Mom lost some of her sparkle after Dad died, but she remained positive and involved with life.  Even as her health issues flared she would often say “it is what it is.”

In recent years her short-term memory faltered, but she hung in there and never wasted time by complaining.  Her pride, or as we called it — stubbornness –remained constant.  Even the nurse who was with her when she passed told us that she was a lady right to the end. 

We will miss her.

Mom leaves behind 5 children — sons David and Jordan, daughters Gail and Susan (Tim) and a bonus daughter, Cindy.  She also leaves behind six beloved grandchildren, Bo (Erin), Lindsey (Chris), Casey (Chris), Justin, Morgan (Tim), and Matthew (Kara); and great grandchildren Layne, Connor, Bryson, Korey, Cooper, Ava, Carter, Merritt, Elleree and newborn Dolly.  She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will take place on Thursday, January 27 at 9:00 AM at Peninsula Funeral Home with a service to follow at 10:00AM.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to your local rescue squad, favorite charity or animal shelter.


  1. Gail Rowe Jackson, Raleigh, NC

    To all the Family of Mae Weaver: she was a wonderful lady with such a great sense of humor and always happy. Knowing her and all of her children – and Dee – was such a memorable lifetime experience. What a great life we all had thru North Riverside Church and Lake Gaston. My sympathy and thoughts are with all of you. She will be missed.

  2. Keith Rowe

    Mae, was a great lady as I remember her in the fourth grade. Growing up with the Weaver family brings back such wonderful memories I ‘ll always have. Blessings to the family and friends who knew Mae. Knowing she is resting peacefully with God and Dee gives us comfort. Sympathy and prayers to all.

  3. Susan & Richard Wilmoth

    Mae was truly a “Blossom!” It was our good fortune to raise our family across the street from the Weaver gang. Mae was my constant source of comfort and yes, advice! Weren’t we all so lucky to have had Mae and Dee in our lives. Thank you all for the wonderful picture and perfect obituary.

  4. Bonnie Schippers

    Such a beautiful lady, and a beloved neighbor! I will cherish my memories of sitting with her and Dee on the back porch with a glass of wine just watching the boats speed by on the lake. So glad I got to visit a few years back. My love and prayers to all the extended family.

  5. Sylvia Lotz Turner

    From Sylvia Lotz Turner, Yorktown, VA

    To all of Mae’s Family: I have great memories of Mae and Dee at N. Riverside Baptist Church where I grew up and also at Lake Gaston. More recently I saw your Mom at the Chesapeake when I would visit my Mom, Frances Lotz. She was always so friendly and we would chat for a few minutes. I know my Mom is going to miss her so much as they would eat their meals together in the Dining Room. She was a sweet lady and will be missed. I know she is enjoying walking the streets of gold with your Dad! May the Lord grant you His Peace and Comfort.

  6. Marsha Leake Garrett

    I have such fond memories of MAE. The days in Stuart Gardens where we all grew up are some of my best memories. I too remember Mae’s pretty smile and her oh so pleasant personality. Dee & Mae were like family to me, their children also. Mae will be missed by all of us, but she has gone to her home in Heaven where God will show her the way, greeted by family & friends. Love you Mae. RIP

  7. Steve and Kathy Jordan

    Mae and Dee were weekly visitors to Smithfield, to take Irma and Pete out to lunch, Steve and I would tag along. After Dee stopped driving, and Irma passed away, Steve and I would go take Mae out for lunch until she moved from her townhouse. We have missed her visits she was always the life of the visits. We will miss you Mae, and to the Weaver family our prayers are with you.

  8. Donna Cribb

    Our family had some great times with Mae and Dee on Lake Gaston. Mae was always a delight to be around. It has been years since we saw her last but reminisce of great memories often. Praying for her family that she loved dearly as they mourn her passing.

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