Mary L. Pingley, age 73 years, a resident of Elkins, passed away following a courageous battle with cancer on Sunday afternoon, May 18, 2014, in the Monongalia General Hospital in Morgantown. She had been in declining health since November 2013. She was born Dec. 25, 1940, at Elkwater, a daughter of the late Samuel W. Swecker and the late Lura L. Simmons Swecker.
Surviving are one son, Todd Christopher Pingley and wife, Natasha, of Jimtown; one daughter, Kimberly Michelle Hamrick and husband, Randy, of Elkins; one brother, Bob Swecker and wife, Shirley, of Weaver, W.Va.; three sisters, Ginny Howell and husband, Bob, of Elkins; Betty Jean Neff, of Evans, Ga.; and Wanna Simmons of Dailey; four grandsons, Cody and Chase Pingley and Austin and Dalton Hamrick; and several nieces and nephews also survive. Also preceding her in death were three brothers, June, Jack and Michael Swecker.
Mary attended the schools of Randolph County, was employed by C&P Telephone Co. for many years and was employed by Wal-mart Corp. in Elkins at the time of her retirement. She attended the Rivers of Living Waters Church in Elkins. She was a woman who loved the Lord. Her faith in God shined through in all she did. Those who knew Mary have said she taught them so much about life, love and the Lord. She treated everyone with kindness and respect. She always said to treat others how you wish to be treated. She loved her family and was so proud of them, especially her grandsons. She enjoyed reading her Bible, talking to the customers at Walmart, spending time with her family and friends, sitting on her back deck and planting flowers every year with her daughter. Kim was her sidekick in life. They would shop, talk, text, walk and spend quality time together. She was by her side every day throughout this battle. Even though sometimes the days were long in the hospital, they were always too short spending time with one another. She would always tell the doctors to just wait and talk to Kim. She knew she would be there for her. She loved her son-in-law, Randy. She always said he was her inspiration. He could make her smile and laugh like no other. His genuine caring for her shown through by the time he spent with her. She always said “God knew what he was doing when he gave us Randy.” He brought out so much joy in Mary. If she wanted to make a decision, she always wanted Randy’s opinion. She loved and adored her son, Todd, so much. She was very proud of him. She would tell everyone what a great man he has become and what a wonderful family he has for himself. When she would hear his voice or he would walk into the room, her eyes would light up. She loved hearing others tell her how hard-working, honest and amazing he is. She loved her daughter-in-law, Natasha. She was thankful that Todd has such a wonderful wife who takes care of him and their boys and even handled things at the shop when Todd was away visiting her in the hospital. She is such a caring wife and mother and would help with anything.
Lastly, we cannot forget that she loved her grand doggy, Addie Rae, with all her heart. Mary is going to be missed terribly but we find our comfort to know she is with the Lord and is no longer in pain. We know we will see her again because on Sunday, Randy said “Maw, the battle is over” and her last words were “I won.”
Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, May 21, 2014, at the Tomblyn Funeral Home in Elkins. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 22, 2014, from the funeral home chapel with Dr. Ken Shiflet officiating. Interment will follow in the Elkins Memorial Gardens. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Colon Cancer Research, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718 in memory of Mary. The Tomblyn Funeral Home of Elkins is in charge of the arrangements for Mary L. Pingley. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.tomblynfuneralhome.com.