Mary Frances Usary
Mary Frances Usary (“Jimmy Jo”), 95, of Hagerstown, MD, passed away peacefully, Tuesday, November 3, 2020, at Doey's House in Hagerstown, MD.
Born Saturday, October 31, 1925 in Fairmont, WV, she was one of four daughters of the late James Matthew Ryan and the late Lois (Coffman) Ryan. She was preceded in death by her husband Richard Clyde Usary in 2010.
She is survived by her two daughters, Mary Usary Sauder and husband Paul of Greencastle, PA and Sally Usary Wilson and husband Dan of Middletown, MD; sister, Lois Ann Bruch of Wooster, OH; three grandchildren, Paige Penrod of Chambersburg, PA, Peri Penrod of Lancaster, PA and Olivia Wilson of Middletown, MD and two great grandchildren, Azlynn and Auren Ulsh of Chambersburg, PA.
Before marriage and children, Mary was a sharp working woman and was employed with both a local bank and WMMN radio station in Fairmont, WV. She had a beautiful voice and was often asked to sing at weddings, was involved in local theatre, acting in several plays, and was even chosen as a 1947 Glamour Girl by the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority of which she was a member. Because of her evident charm she was also a Poster girl for the “Your Blood Can Save Him Campaign” for the servicemen in Marion County during World War II.
Mary married Richard Usary on June 14, 1953 in Fairmont, WV. Later than most in life, and to their delight and surprise, Mary and Richard were blessed with two daughters and Mary quit working to raise them. She kept a beautiful and welcoming home in Hagerstown MD.
Throughout her entire life Mary remained elegant in her presentation and her family loved that she was broad-minded in her thinking - especially for someone in her generation. She was a fiercely loving and dedicated mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Mary will forever be remembered by her family including her nieces and nephews whom she loved as her own.
The family would like to thank Hospice of Washington County and their dedicated and caring staff for all that they did for Mary. They are also especially thankful for JoAnn Sweeney, Mary’s friend, caregiver and constant companion in her last months.
Private graveside services will held with the family at Rocky Gap Veterans Cemetery in Flintstone, MD.
There will be a celebration of Mary's life to be announced at a later date.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Washington County 747 Northern Avenue, Hagerstown, MD 21742.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown, MD.
My condolences go out to all of Mary’s family. Although I did not know her personally the short narrative on her life describes a beautiful and outgoing woman with a caring heart who would leave you with a smile and fond memories of meeting her. Mary, you are so very much like your mother and I am blessed to have you as friend. May the light of Jesus shine upon you and bring you peace.
So sorry for you loss, We will be praying for you and your family at this difficult time.
Mary Beth and Sally, So sorry to see in the paper that your Mother passed away. I will aLways remember Dick and Jimmy Jo and you girls on Overhill Rd. Your folks were so kind. Comfort and Peace. Bob
What a beautifully written tribute to a wonderful woman. I had forgotten about her singing, and I never knew she had worked for a bank and radio station. She had so many exciting and different chapters in her life. She was such a great role model, loving person, and a joy to be around. Thinking of you all during this time--sending much love.
Julie Nicklin Rubley
Aunt Jimmy Jo’s obituary was beautiful . I learned a few things about her that I did not know. She was a wonderful aunt and always loved staying with her as a little girl and as I got older. She shared her make up table and costume jewelry to Susan and I to our delight! I loved her dearly.
What a beautiful obituary. I have such wonderful memories of your mom and enjoyed all the time that I spent at your house. She was like a second mother to me at times and I cherish those times. My heart goes out to all of you and I will be praying for you at this difficult time. Memories will get you through and there are certainly lots of good ones! Love you all.
So sorry for you lose Sally, thinking of you during this very difficult time. God Bless you and your family. Curtis Weaver
Jimmie was always a delight.
Bob & Betty Jane Hylton
Johnson City, Tennessee
So sorry for your loss. We will certainly miss Aunt Jo, loved all the times we got together and spent time with her, she is truly one of a kind and will be deeply missed. Love you guys.
Kelly edward Marcum
Mary, So sorry for your loss. Prayers for comfort and peace at this difficult time.
So sorry for your loss. My sincerest condolences for a life richly lived .
Lisa Wilson and Scott Riley
Germantown , MD
Dear Sally, Danny, Olivia, and family, We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. Although no words can help to ease your pain, please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. May her memory live forever in your hearts. With deepest sympathy, Jody, Gary, Nick, and Alex
Germantown , MD
Sally, Mary and family: My thoughts are with each of you during this time. I am so sorry for your loss. I always like seeing your mom. She was a lovely woman. Sincerely, Kim
Charles Town , WV