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Mary Elizabeth Hundley

June 23, 1926 October 23, 2011
Mary Elizabeth Hundley
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Mary Elizabeth Hundley entered into this world on June 23, 2011 in South Boston, Virginia to Mary Alice Wilkerson and Charles Housie. Her family migrated to Philadelphia, PA where she stayed with her aunt and grandmother.  A while later Mary moved to Washington, DC where she worked as a seamstress and an elevator operator.  She was courted and soon married her 1st husband, A.R. Lee.  Of this union their daughter, Patricia, was born.  He and Mary later divorced, however they remained friends until his death in 1984.

Mary and her daughter returned to Philadelphia where she resided permanently, raising her daughter with the assistance of family and friends.  She worked as a housekeeper and LPN in various nursing facilities including Byberry State Hospital and later doing private duty work from which she retired.

Early in her life Mary knew, cherished and loved the Lord accepting Christ as her savior.  She and her daughter joined Nazarene Baptist Church where both were baptized.  Active in church, Mary became a member of the Ladies Auxiliary.  During this time she was introduced to and married her 2nd husband, B. Hundley who predeceased her in 1975.

Mary sought a spiritual home that heightened and enhanced her needs.  Changing church affiliations, she fellowshipped and later joined Mount Airy Church of God in Christ where she flourished through their growth and expansion; attending Sunday School, enjoying the sermons, the various church activities and outings while interacting with her church family.  As one of the founding Mothers, she bonded with a host of friends and associates touching many hearts.

Mary loved speaking with people and traveling in addition had a passion for cooking and eating, creative sewing by machine or hand, and simply enjoying life.  She was also known for being well dressed and incredibly coordinated from head to toe, accessories included.

She was known to some as Mel, to others as Mary, to family as Liz and to her precious grand and great-grand children affectionately known as Mom-mom.  Mary cherished, loved and deeply adored spending time with her grand and great grandchildren.  Mary acknowledged that she lived to see quite a bit that included 4 generations of her personal life and to also witness a person of color become our Chief in Command of the United States of America enter into the White House, President Barack H. Obama...what a life!

Some of her sayings to be remembered were: "I love you but God loves you more", "Honey, put God 1st and everything will work out", "Trust in the Lord and say your prayers", "You can dent an iron horse, but you can't kill him", "You can lead a donkey to water but you can't make him drink it" and best of all "I'm a tough ol' bird"....this was Mom-mom.

Mary became ill when she suffered her initial stroke, a mild one that subsequently lead to another stroke (major) and in between her strokes she suffered several mild seizures and a major seizure which involved numerous hospital stays and rehabilitation facilities.  Her last stroke left her totally incapacitated with no voice.  However, as she would say, "I'm a tough ol' bird" OR "you can't kill an iron horse", she was right.  Through all of her setbacks including medical professionals and a particular doctor who stated in early March of 2011 that she would not make it past the next day or until the end of that week, she proved them wrong hanging tough; and continued life until her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ caller her home on Sunday, October 23, 2011.  She how has become another entity, as she goes to her permanent home with no more pain, suffering or worries.

Mary leaves to mourn her absence and cherish memories of her, a daughter, Ms. Patricia Greenwood; 2 grandchildren William and Alia Greenwood (George Greenwood predeceased her in 1997); 5 great-grandchildren, Alecia, Isaiah, Ryan, Nevaeh and Christopher; her beloved dog, Poppi as well as a host of family, friends and acquaintances.

There will be a viewing on Tuesday, November 1, 2011 10:00 AM at Mt. Airy Church of God located at 6401 Ogontz Avenue.  The funeral service will start at 11:00 AM.  Interment to conclude privately.

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