Mary Sue Pounds Harper died on the evening of July 20, 2016 at Fountainview Center for Alzheimer's Disease. She was 76 years old. She was born August 11, 1939 at her parents’ home in rural Stone Mountain, Georgia. She was the youngest of three children of J.C. and Pauline Pounds. In 1957 she graduated from Stone Mountain High School. She grew up attending Stone Mountain United Methodist Church. Later in life she was a member of Decatur First Methodist Church. As a devoted single mother of three girls she centered her life around family. She worked for over thirty years as a customer service representative, retiring from Bank of America. Though she worked full time her family always came first and her home was filled with love. Mary Sue particularly enjoyed trips to the beach with her girls, often accompanied by her mother to whom she was very close. These three-generation, all female vacations were filled with fun and laughter. She found her most happiness with her grandchildren. Since four out of five of them lived in France and Canada she was frequently able to enjoy the two things she loved the most, her family and traveling. After retiring she became a nanny. For her this was not a job but an extension of her family. The children she cared for and their families brought her much happiness.She is survived by her children: Susan (Micheal) Diamond, Elaine (Didier) Garcin and Maria (Daniel Coombs) Harper and her grandchildren: Clara and Julian Garcin, Ivy Diamond and Ryan and Sofia Harper Coombs. The memorial service will be held at Decatur First United Methodist Church in the chapel on Monday, August 1, 2016 at 11:00. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at

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  1. So sorry to hear of Mary Sue passing away. I grew up just down the road and have many memories with Mary Sue from her visiting our home and me hers. I remember one year we went with cousin Pauline to her home when they lived in Jacksonville and playing with her little daughter Susan. We were cousins but I cant remember exactly how. My mom was a Garner. Mary Sue (and Cousin Pauline) were the Sweetest people you would ever want to meet. Prayers for the girls and grandchildren during this time. I keep my youngest granddaughter and my daughter is a school teacher so I may not be able to attend the memorial but you all are in my prayers??

  2. All of us in the Spirited Singles Class at DFUMC remember Mary Sue with affection.She was a good friend and helpful in any project we took on. Those in Circle 4 have fond memories of her,too. One of the last times I was with her, we shopped for our Christmas kids, buying toys and clothes for them which she really enjoyed We were fortunate to call her friend. Love and sympathy to all the family. Anne Kelleher.

  3. Mary, Doris Tate and we used to pal around back in the 70s and 80s. We have any fond memories of those fun times together. We will miss her greatly, and convey our heartfelt condolences to all of you.

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