Mary M. Phillips Elder

Mary M. Phillips Elder, age 71, departed this life at home surrounded by her loving family. Mary’s mother was Juanita Phillips Lamp Slaughter. Her parents were Herman and Ethel Phillips.

Mary is survived by her husband, Charley Elder, with whom she spent 50 wonderful years; children, Christina M. Bowie (Michael), Bradley P. Elder and Adam C. Elder (Rebecca); grandchildren, Anthony and Sarah Bowie and Lucy Elder; siblings, Margaret Hefner, Patricia Bumgarner Van Tromp (Johnnie) and John Slaughter (Pam); half-siblings, Susan, Debbie, Mike and Kenneth; brothers-in-law, Lyle Elder (Nita), John Elder (Vondell), Delbert Elder (Kathy) and Gary McIntyre; sisters-in-law, Esther Winland, June Jones (Joe), Carmen Powell (Hal) and Beth Hess (John).

Preceding Mary in death, in addition to her parents and mother, were her sister, Sharon Snider (Bob); sisters-in-law, Jackie McIntyre and Carol Bills and brothers-in-law, Edgar Bills, Oran Winland, Tom Bumgarner and Rick Hefner.

Mary was from Buckhannon, West Virginia and graduated from Buckhannon-Upshur High School. She had worked at St. Mary’s Food Giant, McDonalds and Shop ’n Save. She was the “Beloved Lunch Lady” at North Pleasants Christian School and respected by all the students.

Mary’s grandchildren held a tremendous portion of her heart. She truly loved them and was constantly doing things for them and with them. Mary lived her life by the words of Act 20:35 where Jesus said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” She spent a great amount of her life crocheting and donating her beautiful afghans to nursing homes, hospice, unwed mothers, Ronald McDonald House, and various other charities. When Mary was doing something for others, she was extremely happy and fulfilled. She was genuinely, selfless, and a beautiful human being who was always giving and never expecting anything in return.

Graveside services will be held on Friday, February 18, 2022, at 12:30 p.m. at the Lamp Bailey Cemetery on Middle Island Creek Road in St. Mary’s, WV, with Pastor Terry Lough officiating. There will not be any public visitation. Per the children’s request, donations may be made to the Pleasants County Historical Society, P. O. Box 333, St. Mary’s, WV  26170 in lieu of flowers. Ingram Funeral Home in St. Mary’s, WV is assisting the family with arrangements.

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