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Oneida B. Mackley, 85

APRIL 1, 1927-AUG. 29, 2012

September 04, 2012

Oneida Bell Mackley, 85, of Smithsburg, Md., died at home on Wednesday morning, Aug. 29, 2012.

She was born April 1, 1927, in Hagerstown, Md., the daughter of the late John Byers Bell and Fannie Lucina Grosh Bell, and sister of the late Alice Bell Lowry. 

Oneida graduated from Hagerstown High School, studied fine arts in Boston, Mass., and became an accomplished artist. She was married for 23 years to the late Kenneth Johnson Mackley, beginning with his U.S. Army tour from 1951 to 1952 while stationed in France and Germany. They had four children, Marlene, Erich, Garth (deceased) and Michelle. Throughout her life, she exhibited an independent spirit with a great love not only for her children, but also for animals, art, music, the outdoors, growing flowers and tomatoes, and all things creative. In daring fashion and showing “joie de vivre” as a young girl, she would race downhill on roller skates, ice skate and perform gymnastics as well as most cheerleaders.

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She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Hagerstown. After her health declined, she resided with Erich and Katherin Mackley, and daughters, in Smithsburg, who gave her wonderful care in her remaining years.

She is survived by daughter, Marlene Waller (Beckler) and husband, Larry Beckler; son, Erich Mackley and wife, Katherin; and daughter, Michelle Testani; grandchildren, Lauren Isett and husband, Jeremy, Vanessa, Lily and Anna Mackley, and Garth and Evan Testani; and great-grandchildren, Benjamin, Logan and soon-to-be-born Sawyer Isett.

Services will be at 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 14234 National Pike (U.S. 40), Clear Spring, MD 21722, with burial in the adjoining St. Paul Lutheran and Reformed Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family encourages memorial donations to be made in Oneida’s name to Hospice of Washington County at hospiceofwc.org or by calling 301-791-6360. The family is exceedingly grateful for the in-home, quality end-of-life care they helped provide during her last months.

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