Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Britton Hope, age 98, passed away peacefully at her\nGreeneville home on Wednesday, December 6, 2023.\nAffectionately known as “Tootsie” to family and friends, Mrs. Hope was\nborn in Cumberland Gap, Tenn., on Oct. 23, 1925, to Samuel Britton and Ora\nStooksbury Britton.\nAfter graduating from Greeneville High School in 1943, she patiently waited\nfor her Aviation Engineer to return home from World War II.\nAfter four long years, when she received news that he was stateside again,\nTootsie boarded the first train to Corinth, Miss., to marry her sweetheart, Mr.\nEdward Harmon Hope.\nTheir devotion to each other was an example to all, especially to the family\nthat admired them most.\nThe home that she and Ed designed together and where they raised their\ntwo daughters was not only beautiful but filled with love.\nMrs. Hope was an accomplished seamstress and an amazing cook. She\nand her daughter, Becky, opened the Mail Pouch in Jonesborough, Tenn., in\nthe mid-1980s, where they sold many of Mrs. Hope’s handmade items.\nIn their retired years, Tootsie and Ed traveled the country, from Alaska to\nFlorida and everywhere in between.\nMrs. Hope was a charter member of Trinity United Methodist Church and\nthe church’s Crusaders Class. She was a long-time member of the Order of\nthe Eastern Star.\nShe loved her family, her friends, and her church. Her quiet demeanor,\nsharp mind, caring heart, and quick wit were an inspiration to all who knew\nher. To know her was a blessing.\nMrs. Hope is survived by a daughter and son-in-law: Becky and Steve\nMallory of Greeneville; grandchildren and their spouses: Brian and Laurel\nNeas of Johnson City, Brad and Leah Neas of Smyrna, Tenn., Holly and Wes\nHope of Greeneville, Kelly and Jacob Grieb of Johnson City, and Jordan and\nRachel Mallory of Washington, D.C.; great-grandchildren: Stephanie and\nJake Cowan of Piney Flats, Patrick Neas of Johnson City, Maddie Neas of\nHomewood, Ala., Coleman Neas of Smyrna, Hank Hope and Wren Britton\nHope of Greeneville, and Hadley Hope Grieb and Harmon Grieb of Johnson\nCity; and a great-great-grandson: Jude Chevy Cowan of Piney Flats.\nOther survivors include a sister: Betty Cogburn Stockton; a brother-in-law:\nJack Hope; numerous nieces and nephews; and neighbors who were more\nlike family: Bobby and Eileen Reynolds and their children.\nMrs. Hope was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years: Edward\nHope; a daughter: Judy Neas; a son-in-law: Steve Neas; and her parents:\nSam and Ora Britton.\nA graveside service will be held at GreeneLawn Memory Gardens at 11:00\na.m. on Friday, Dec. 8, with the Rev. Sarah Varnell officiating.\nIt is requested that family and friends meet at Jeffers Funeral and\nCremation Service at 10:00 a.m. to go in procession to the cemetery.\nGrandsons and great-grandsons will serve as pallbearers.\nMemorial contributions may be made to the Hope Family Carillon Fund at\nTrinity United Methodist Church. The family wishes to thank Mrs. Mandy Taylor for the loving care she provided Mrs. Hope and our family.