Mary L. Cole, 89

OCT. 8, 1922-JUNE 4, 2012

June 04, 2012
  • Mary L. Cole
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Mary Louise Cole, 89, a resident of Glade Valley Nursing and Rehab Center in Walkersville, Md., passed away peacefully Monday morning, June 4, 2012, at the nursing home.

Born Oct. 8, 1922, in Cotton, W.Va., she was the first of four children of Noah C. and Flora A. (Litton) Young.
She graduated from Walton High School as the salutatorian of her class. She attended business school in Charleston, W.Va.

Her first husband, Walter A. Power, whom she married in Michigan in 1943, died in November 1944 during World War II. She remained in Michigan, where she later met Melville H. Cole, and the two married in Boston, Mass., in April 1948. Mr. Cole was employed by Pontiac Motor Division, and during his career they lived in five states before retiring to St. Simons Island, Ga. They were married 45 years and had two daughters. Mr. Cole died in April 1993.

Mary was an active participant in all of the communities in which she lived, and volunteered in many settings. She also was involved in church communities, including New Market United Methodist Church, following her move to Maryland in 2000. Her last membership was at Benevola United Methodist Church while living in Boonsboro, Md. She was talented at many crafts, which included sewing, quilting, crocheting and needlework. She played the piano, and liked to paint, read and play bingo.

Beloved by her family, she is survived by two daughters, Deborah C. Goldberg of Ohio and Melissa A. Boyd and her husband, Andre T., of Maryland; three grandchildren, Krista Hankey and her husband, Josh, Corey Cole Linthicum and his wife, Amanda, all of Maryland, and Jessica Zeigler and her husband, Andrew, of Georgia; one stepgranddaughter, Rachel Goldberg and her husband, Tim Olzer, of Georgia; three great-grandsons, Cole and Isaac Hankey, and Noah Zeigler; three stepgreat-granddaughters, Valerie, Bridget and Madeline Olzer; one brother, William Young and his wife, Joan, of South Carolina; one niece; and one nephew.

Besides her parents and husbands, Mary was preceded in death by one sister, Lauren Young-Branham; one brother, Arnold Young; a sister-in-law, Mary Young; two nephews, Jeff and Joe Young; and one niece, Betty Branham.

The family would like to thank the residents and staff at Edenton Retirement Community in Frederick, Md., and the staff at Glade Valley Center in Walkersville for their friendship and caring. Deborah and Melissa extend additional heartfelt thanks to friends near and far for their love and support.

A funeral ceremony will be Wednesday, June 6, 2012, at 3 p.m. at Benevola United Methodist Church, 19925 Benevola Church Road, Boonsboro. The Rev. John H. Dean will officiate. Final resting-place ceremonies will follow at the adjoining church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Benevola United Methodist Church, 19925 Benevola Church Road, Boonsboro, MD 21713 or to a charity of donor’s choice.

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