Maria Anne Tesnear Elder, 64, of Gastonia, and formerly of Asheville, went to be with Jesus on Christmas Eve after a period of declining health.
Born in Gaston County, Maria was the beloved daughter of the late Juanita Tesnear Burch and the beloved granddaughter of the late Edward and Annabell Tesnear.
Maria is survived by her two sons, Darren Hester of Monroe and Michael Hester of Belmont; two daughters, Marcia Wilson and Beverly Edney, both of Asheville; two sisters, Judy Broyles of Mint Hill and Diane Tesnear of Hendersonville; two brothers, Robert Tesnear of Houston, TX and James Tesnear of Marshall; her uncle, John Tesnear of Gastonia; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 1 PM Saturday, January 3, 2015 in the Kirby Memorial Chapel of Shuler Funeral Home. The Reverend Sherrill Moore will officiate.
The family wishes to express special thanks to Eddie and Kevin Tesnear for all their support.