Obituary: Mary Elizabeth Washington

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Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 3:17 PM EDT
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Mary Elizabeth Washington, 92, of Belpre, passed away June 1st, 2021, at Villa Pallazza Heath Care Facility in Atlanta, GA.

Mary was born on July 9th, 1928, in Parkersburg, WV, to Robert Fleming Hatcher Sr and Edith Viola Brast. She was the third of seven children.

Mary graduated from Sumner High School in Parkersburg, WV; one the first and most successful black schools in the United States. After high school, Mary had aspired to become a registered nurse to fulfil her desire of helping people, however due to height requirements at the time she was unable to achieve this objective. Instead of dwelling on that one “no” she created, inspired, and achieved her own “Yeses”. Her first and most cherished yes was to her husband.  She married the second love of her life (just after Jesus Christ) Robert N Washington Sr. on December 21st, 1947. Soon after, Mary joined and became a loyal and decided charter member of Latrobe St. Church of Christ in Parkersburg, WV, where she was baptized in 1948 by Elder Ernest Vaughner. Robert and Mary had four children throughout their marriage. She created her own legacy with her children by passing down many of her passions and talents.

One of her many talents was sewing, in which she made sure her children new how to do. This talent provided her many lucrative opportunities throughout the years.  She also volunteered to work at the Voting Polls, she was a girl scout leader, a member of Stepping Stones for Ohio Valley University, and was a beloved Sunday School teacher for many years.

She enjoyed spending time with her family. One of her favorite activities was to play scrabble where her favorite word to play was “JO” to honor her husband, which means sweetheart. Other actives she loved to do were to play cards such as slap jack, play yard games like badminton and croquet, and having mini cartwheel competitions around their yard with her grandchildren. Her competitive nature led her to victory with many of the games she played with her family.  She also enjoyed bowling where she participated in several different leagues, singing which many of us can remember her soprano voice in the front pews of Latrobe St Church. Mary did not only sing in church she also taught her grandchildren many infections songs that they passed down to their own children, one of the songs being “Gray Squirrel”.

Another passion in life of hers, was cooking and baking where she made many holiday meals and her famous fudge. Some of her infamous items to make were bake spaghetti, Mexican Bean Salad, baked beans, and her lemon Iced Tea. All her grandchildren know her favorite snack was fudgesicle (where she snuck to enjoy with them). She also shared her cooking skills as a volunteer cook at church camp.

Mary was never a stranger to anyone and love to help everyone. She was selfless with her time and was the epitome of a virtuous woman. She will greatly be missed by all and her loving, caring, and generous spirit will live on through her children children’s children.

In addition to her parents, Mary is preceded in Death by; her baby daughter Robin Washington, husband Robert Washington Sr; sister Viola Jean Hatcher Curry; and 3 brothers: Charles Winston Hatcher, David Lewis Hatcher, and Robert Fleming Hatcher Jr.

She is survived by her 2 Sisters Grace Anne Hatcher Nowling (Cleveland, OH) and Virginia Lee Hatcher Seymour (Canton, OH); Children: Annette Jackson (Robert), Robert Washington Jr (Dana, partner), Karen Ware (Steve), Queenie Washington (daughter-in-love); Grandchildren: Robin Jackson Caddell (Berry), Tricia Jackson Lesh Tucker (George), Michelle Washington (Chuck), Yolonda Washington Rogers, Steve Ware Jr, Michael Ware (Bethany), Kristen Ware Johnson (Jhamel), and  Laura Ware Irby (Willie); Great-Grandchildren: William Aaron Lesh,  Ashlee Hughes, Isiaha Washington, Elijah Raines, Jayson Daily,  Samya Rogers, Zoey Ware, Josia Ware, Naomi Ware, Eden Ware, Olivia Johnson, Kayden Johnson, Abigail Irby, Cameron Irby, and Christian Irby; Great-Great-Granddaughter: Londyn Dailey; a host of close relatives, additional step grandchildren, loving friends, and caring church family of brothers and sisters in Christ.

Private Family Viewing will be Friday 3 -4 pm

Public Viewing will be Friday 4 -8 pm

Viewing Services will be held at:

Leavitt Funeral Services and Crematory – Belpre

*Family Request Masks at Viewing*

Private Service will be Saturday 10 am

Please send all flowers to

Leavitt Funeral Services and Crematory – Belpre

801 Victor StreetBelpre, OH 45714

John 16:22

So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.

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