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Charlotte's longest breast cancer survivor dies after fall

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The woman known as Charlotte's longest breast cancer survivor has died.

Eighty-year-old old Mary Stokes, of Charlotte, was a 60-year survivor of breast cancer.  She died on Tuesday.

Every year, her family says, one of her proudest moments was coming to Komen Charlotte's "Race for the Cure" and getting on stage.

In fact, they brought it up in her eulogy during a service that was held at the Mulberry Presbyterian Church on Friday afternoon.

Her family told WBTV's Molly Grantham that Stokes loved holding those dozens of balloons or wearing dozens of Komen pins to signify her survivorship.

She had a bilateral mastectomy in 1954 and would inspire the newly-diagnosed with her story.

Stokes was on a walk outside on Tuesday morning, like she did once a week, and fell and hit her head.  She died from those injuries.

The Charlotte affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure posted a photo of Stokes on their Facebook page on Friday afternoon with a message.

"Komen Charlotte would like to take a moment to remember Mary Stokes, a 60-year breast cancer survivor who passed away earlier this week," organizers stated.

"Since 1997, Mary attended the Komen Charlotte Race for the Cure every year and collected each survivor hat along the way. You may remember her from being recognized at the survivor ceremony every year. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends."

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for memorials to Susan Komen Foundation,, or Levine-Dickson Hospice House Southminster,, or Mulberry Presbyterian Church,

WBTV is a proud sponsor of Komen Charlotte's Race for the Cure, held every October.

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