Mary Pfost

Mary Jane Channell Pfost departed this life in sure and certain hope of the Resurrection to eternal life through Our Lord Jesus Christ Saturday, June 1, 2013, in Clearwater, Fla.

Born October 2, 1921, at Huttonsville, one of six children and the eldest daughter of Ignatius H. and Rachel Channell, Mary Jane graduated from Tygarts Valley High School in Mill Creek in 1939, attended Potomac State College in Keyser from 1939-1941 and graduated from West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon in 1943 with a bachelor of science in home economics and physical education. After graduation, she joined the World War II effort with two years in the WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) including duty at Pensacola Naval Air Station in Florida, 1943-1945. Shortly thereafter, she was working as a home demonstration agent in Ripley, where she met her future husband Francis M. Pfost (1922-2002), an Army veteran and native of Ripley, and they wed Aug. 10, 1947. Their first son, Francis Miller Jr., was born in Charleston in 1948.

After moving to Florida and ultimately settling permanently in Pinellas County where Francis Sr. began a career with the Pinellas County Schools, three more sons followed, Stephen Channell in 1950, Russell Leigh in 1955 and William Brian in 1957; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren with one on the way. Mary Jane was a full-time mother and wife in their Dunedin home until the late 1960s when she earned her real estate license and worked with Dorothy Douglas Real Estate and Dexter Realty among others during a 30-plus year career as a realtor and broker. Mary Jane was a longtime member of First Presbyterian Church of Dunedin, sang for many years in the choir and participated in Circle. Mary Jane and Francis celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in August 1997, with a cruise to Alaska. Mary Jane volunteered for years with the Junior League of Dunedin, loved bowling and enjoyed bridge clubs. She also loved dogs, gardening, antiquing with The Questers and was a devoted fan and season-ticket holder of the Florida State University Seminoles where all four sons and two grandchildren earned degrees.

Services will be held at First Presbyterian Church of Dunedin, 455 Scotland St., Dunedin, FL 34698. Burial will be in Sylvan Abbey Memorial Park, Clearwater.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation made in Mary Jane’s name to Suncoast Animal League or your favorite charity.