Mary Catchings Crudup, 82, of Covington, died Sunday, November 16, 2014, at Gwinnett Medical Center. She was born September 16, 1932, in New Orleans, Louisiana, the youngest child of Elise Browne Catchings and Thomas Franklin Catchings. She was preceded in death by her brother, Robert Franklin Catchings, and sister, Elise Catchings Rouprich, and is survived by her husband, Edward A. Crudup, Jr., of Covington and two daughters, Anne Bristowe Crudup, of Covington, and Emily Crudup Cameron (Allen), of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and grandchildren, Seth McDougald Cameron and Harold Phillips Cameron.
Mary was a graduate of All Saints Academy, Vicksburg, Mississippi, and Louisiana State University, and studied abroad in Madrid, Spain. She taught French at the University of Tampa and Oxford College of Emory University and also taught in the public school systems of Houston, Texas, and Newton County, Georgia. Outside of her family, Mary’s first love was literature, especially poetry. She wrote and had published a number of poems and short stories. She also enjoyed her pets, camping, backpacking and world travels with her husband.
She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the First Presbyterian Church of Covington, where a memorial service for her will be held on Sunday, November 23, at 2:00 P.M. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made in her memory to First Presbyterian Church of Covington or a charity of the donor’s choice. Her cremains are to be interred in the church columbarium.