Mary Anne Brotherton Carswell, 78, of Rose Carswell Rd., Morganton, NC died Thursday, December 1, 2011 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center. Born June 19, 1933 in Catawba County, NC, she was a daughter of the late William Brotherton and Ada Brotherton Epley. For thirty-eight years, she and her husband, the late Marvin Carswell owned and operated M & M Greenhouse. She and Marvin were married for fifty-four years. Mary was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother who loved working in her vegetable garden, fishing, and riding in the mountains admiring God?s creation. She was a member of South Mountain Baptist Church. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brothers, J. C., James, and Junior Brotherton.Surviving are her children, Tommy R. Carswell and his wife, Cathy of Morganton, Donald S. Carswell and his wife, Jan of Morganton, Randy K. Carswell and his wife, Sharon of Huntsville, AL, and Karen C. Walker and her husband, Thomas of Morganton; grandchildren, Christopher Carswell, Nathaniel Carswell and his wife, Robin, Shane Carswell, Brandy Benefield and her husband, Ryan, Heather Trivett and her husband, Brandon, and Mindy Walker; seven great-grandchildren; siblings, Ruth Milligan and her husband, Jack of Morganton, and Frank Brotherton; and a special niece, Glenda Nissen of Morganton.The funeral will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday at South Mountain Baptist Church with the Reverends Donald Lovelace and Dean Gurley officiating. Burial will follow in Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Sunday at Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center where the body will remain until placed in the church thirty minutes before the service. Memorial gifts may be made to Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Rd., Valdese, NC 28690.

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