Mary Louise Newcome (nee Henderson) born February 2, 1925, in Grafton, W.Va., to Thomas Nathan and Ruth Huber Henderson.
Following graduation from Grafton High School, where Mary played trombone in the marching band, she attended business college in Clarksburg, W.Va. Following graduation she worked in Washington, D.C., during WWII. Returning to Grafton she married Allen Newcome (also of Grafton) and moved to Morgantown W.Va. where Allen studied engineering at WVU and they had their first daughter Roberta (Bobbi). From there they moved to Wheeling, W.Va., for the next 15 years. Daughter Sally was born there and Mary enjoyed being a mom, scout leader, doing church activities, playing the piano, reading, playing bridge and going on summer trips with the family. From Wheeling, Allen’s work took them to Clarion, Pa., and to Elmore, Ohio, and back to Wheeling in 1972.
In 1981 Allen retired and they moved to Bristol, Tenn., where Mary lived until June of 2011 when she relocated to Marietta to live nearer to her daughter Sally.
Throughout life Mary was always very involved in her family first and then her United Methodist Church activities such as working the church’s community kitchen and playing piano in Sunday School, as well as Meals On Wheels and other community efforts. Her adventurous spirit and sense of fun led her to travels to the Holy Lands, an Alaskan cruise, whitewater rafting on the New River in West Virginia, and riding the waves at their beach house on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
Friends and family always knew her to be there to help when needed. As a parent, she gave unconditional love, her zest for life, faith, education and her sense of fun.
She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister Bobbi at age eight, and her husband Allen. Mary is survived by daughters Roberta Newcome Perkins of Bel Air, Md., and Sally Ruth Hamler of Williamstown, W.Va.; three granddaughters, Kimberly Stanton Cammarata, Perry Hall Md., Cheryl Stanton Bergamaschi, Sykesville, Md., and Courtney Hamler Zapadka, Coventry, Conn.; and six great-grandsons: Evan and Eric Cammarata; Andrew, Christian and Joseph Bergamaschi; and Jedediah Zapadka.
Mary’s family wishes to thank Brookdale Senior Living Center of Marietta and Medi Home Hospice of Ohio for making her final year both comfortable and fulfilling.
Mary is to be interred at the family plot at Woodsdale Memorial Park Cemetery, 170 Woodsdale Rd., Grafton, W.Va. 26354.
Memorials may be sent to Elm Grove United Methodist Church, 125 Kruger St., Wheeling, W. Va. 26003.
Online condolences may be made at www.hadleyfh.com.