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Mary Frances (Mance) Wright Spears, 91, of Mt. Hope passed away on July 30, 2017, at Greenbrier Health Care Center, Lewisburg.
Mary was born at Long Branch, WV, on December 9, 1925, the daughter of the late Bruce A. and Lessie M. Thompson Wright.
She is preceded in death by her husband: Tom R.; a daughter: Denise Chafin; and son: Tom R. Jr.; a grandson Jody, four brothers and four sisters.
She graduated in 1944 from Pax High School as valedictorian of her class. Mary was employed by the New River Company for several years and retired from the Mine Safety and Health Administration as one of the first female federal mine inspectors. She was a member of the Pax and Prosperity Church of Christ. Mary was an excellent cook, gardener, seamstress, mother, and grandma. She was a woman of exceptional faith.
Mary is survived by daughters: Dianne Wood of Maple Fork, and Geneva Lessie Hodge (husband Clarence) of Lewisburg, daughter in law: Lanoma Spears of Beckley, eight grandchildren, and ten great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be 1:00 P.M. Friday, August 4, 2017, at Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope, with Grandson, Pastor Aaron Hodge officiating. Burial will follow at Pax Community.
Visitation for friends will be Thursday, August 3, 2017, from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M at Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.
Friends and family will serve as pallbearers.
Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com
Professional services were arranged by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.
Published on August 1, 2017
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