Mary Louise Guyot

Mary Louise Guyot

Mary Louise Guyot
May 11, 1931 – December 27, 2023

Mary Louise Guyot, known fondly since childhood as Mary Lou, passed away at age 92 on December 27, 2023, in Knightdale, North Carolina. She was born in Washington, DC, in 1931, the youngest child of Harold Paul Matters, Sr., and Frances Geraldine (Ruane) Matters. Her parents and siblings, Kathleen Wilson, Harold Matters, Jr., and Francis Matters, predeceased her.

Mary Lou graduated from St. Anthony High School in Washington, DC, in 1949 and earned an associate degree from Anne Arundel Community College when she was in her 60’s. She had a career as an inventory control specialist for Montgomery Ward, Goodyear Tire and Rubber, and StorageTek. An accomplished seamstress, she also found joy in crocheting, quilting, crafting, and dancing with her friends.

She married her best friend, Wally Guyot, in 1998, and they enjoyed nearly 20 years together in Maryland, Delaware, and Florida before Wally’s passing in late 2017, just after they moved to Raleigh, NC, to be closer to family.

Mary Lou is lovingly remembered by her children, Cindy (Gary) Howard of Wendell, NC; Patricia Reyes of Kapa’a, HI; Deborah Adams of Pasadena, MD; granddaughters Gitu Mirchandani of Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, and Mohini (Jason) Hines of Kapa’a, HI, whom Mary Lou helped raise; grandchildren Erin (Brian Tarr) Howard of Raleigh, NC; Tim (Kathleen) Howard of Raleigh, NC; and Dave Adams, Jr., of Piedmont, SD. Her son, Matthew Bell, preceded her in death. She will also be greatly missed by numerous nieces, nephews, and great grandchildren.

A funeral service for both Mary Lou and Wally will be held at noon on Friday, May 10, at St. Raphael the Archangel Catholic Church at 5801 Falls of Neuse Rd., Raleigh, NC.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing to may donate to any of the following charities:

Duke Dementia Family Support Program (

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (

Alliance of Hope for Suicide Loss Survivors (

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