Mary Louella Buzard was born on January 6, 1926 to Joseph Monroe and Anna Blanche (Reichard) Buzard of Baum, PA, and graduated from Kittanning High School in 1944. She later moved with her parents to a farm near Kahletown in Eldred Township, Jefferson County. She accepted Christ at a revival service at the Kahletown Church. She lived on the farm and managed several seasonal camps while caring for her parents and her Aunt Mary Updegraff. After the passing of her mother in 1966, she gained employment at the Brookville Glove Company where she worked until her retirement. In later life she moved to Brookville and worked as a local artisan producing braided rugs, intricate quilts and needlepoint crafts. She passed into the Presence of her Savior on December 14, 2020 at Jefferson Manor in Brookville, PA. She was a member of the Brookville Church of God.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents and her sisters Mrs. Jack (Helen Blance) Shay of Goheenville, PA and Mrs. John (Margaret A.) Crawford of New Bethlehem, PA. She is survived by: her nephews Mr. Gary (Bonnie) Shay of Nichols, NY and Mr. Glenn (Karen) Shay of Mayport, PA; her nieces Mrs. Gail Ford of Frisco,TX; Mrs. Stan (Beverly) Moore of Dayton, PA; Mrs. Dennis (Pam) Edmonds of New Bethlehem, PA; and Mrs. George (Mindy) Barnes of Aliquippa, PA; her thirteen grand nieces and nephews, and many great grand nieces and nephews.
After a private funeral service officiated by her grand nephew Rev. David G. Shay of Living Church in Summerville, Mary will be laid to rest with her parents in the cemetery at Kahletown. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in support of the Hope Children's Home of Bangalore, India, a charity that Mary supported, may be sent to Living Church International, 59 W. Penn St., Summerville, PA 15864.
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