Mary J. Ealey

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, April 2, 2008

SMITHFIELD—Mary Josephine Fannin Ealey, born Sept. 18, 1922, in Barrnette’s Creek, Ky., died March 28, 2008, in Sentara Obici Hospital.

Mrs. Ealey was a member of Battery Park Baptist Church for 27 years.

Preceded in death by her husband, Orville Ealey, she leaves to cherish her memory Donald Ray Ealey, Robert Michael Ealey, Orville Larry Ealey, Donna Ealey Peirce and Betty Ealey Swinson; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; three brothers, Gerald Fannin, Frank Fannin and John Fannin; two sisters, Phyliss Wells and Nancy Martin; and best friends, Betty and Jim Gridley, Betty Marsh and Josephine Edwards.

A life celebration service was conducted Monday in Colonial Funeral Home with Pastor Michael Harrington officiating.

Burial followed in St. Luke’s Memorial Park.

The family would like to express their sincere gratitude and deep appreciation to all the loving, caring and dedicated CNAs, nurses and staff of Magnolia Manor and the Riverside Convalescent Center where she resided.