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Mary Jeanne Hunsaker McDougal
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Birth: Jul. 13, 1918
Marion County
West Virginia, USA
Death: Sep. 2, 2009
Marion County
West Virginia, USA

Mary Jeanne Hunsaker McDougal, 91, of Fairmont, died Wednesday (Sept. 2, 2009) at the Genesis Pierpont Center in Fairmont.

She was born July 13, 1918 to the late Albert Hayden Hunsaker and Bessie Florence Rankin Hunsaker.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Eugene C. McDougal; two sisters, Louise Sheldon and Barbara Hunsaker; and a daughter-in-law, Joan Cale McDougal.

Among the many accomplishments of her life, Mary counted as most important being the loving wife of Gene McDougal and the mother of David, John and Marilyn McDougal; the mother-in-law of Joan (David) and Joanne (John); and the grandmother of Ian McDougal, Stephanie (Brandon) Ingle, Stephen McDougal (Tess), Katherine (Ken) Perkins and Stuart McDougal (Jennifer).

She was also very proud of great-grandchildren Jessica and Emma McDougal, Hayden and Harlan Ingle, Cameron and Christopher McDougal, Zachary and Patience Jones, Gracie and Joanie Perkins, and Danielle, Zachary and Sean McDougal.

The elder of those great-grandchildren will remember her for treasure hunts, spaghetti sauce and unconditional love.Mary was a mother extraordinaire, global citizen, lover of all two- and four-footed creatures and those with wings; musician, actress, artist, reader and writer. Mary had a huge zest for living, and she always told her children that one of the most important attributes in life is enthusiasm. She lived her own life with an open mind and great imagination.

She graduated from Fairmont Senior High School and attended Fairmont State College for a year before attending and graduating from New England Conservatory of Music with an artist's diploma in vocal performance. She was awarded the Mary B. Price music scholarship at FSC and she attended NEC with a full theatre scholarship as well. Although she planned for a musical career during her college years, she opted for a full family life, rather than to pursue a professional career in music or theatre.

She enjoyed being involved in amateur productions over the years, and performed in the Kiwanis Club's annual Kiwanstrel shows.Mary filled a lot of roles in the community, including that of Cub Scout den mother, employee of Colony Shop and then Hartley's Department Store, where she was buyer for the women's ready-to wear department as well as doing advertising as "Mary Mac" on radio for both of those businesses. She was active at various times in Marion County Little Theatre, Major William Haymond chapter of DAR, SCORE, Literacy Volunteers and First (now Faith) United Methodist Church, where she sang in the Sanctuary Choir, taught Sunday School, served on the administrative board, was a member of Wesleyan Group, and enjoyed helping with the many activities of the church in past years.

One of her favorite accomplishments was the creation of a "Global Gathering," a celebration of all nationalities and ethnic backgrounds, where for one evening (repeated for several years) many of Fairmont's nationalities were represented for an evening of ethnic foods, talents and fellowship. She was fond of saying that "the one beautiful thing we all have in common is love." She was certainly always all about love! It permeated her life-view, colored her faith and her world, and the world of those around her.Family members know that Mary always "had her bags packed."

She loved to travel and to experience all the adventures that life offers. She loved being at the ocean and had a special fondness for the Outer Banks of North Carolina and the coast of Maine. She had a lifelong love affair with "the arts," including music of all genre, fine arts, dance and theatre, and always said that she loved to "drink in" as much color as possible. She enjoyed working in the world of retail clothing, and had a great sense of personal style. She had an interest in design, both in clothing and in architecture.

She was most happy spending time with family and friends and she loved cooking and entertaining. Extra children, dogs, cats always welcomed with open arms! Mary lived her life un-judgmental of others and with a lot of integrity. Her sons and daughter fondly remember the thousands of times she quoted to them from Shakespeare "This above all: to thine own self be true. And it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man." Mary's legacy to her family and friends will be one of love and laughter, gentleness and respect, kindness and unfailing faith in God.

The family will receive friends at the Ford Funeral Home, R.C. Jones Chapel, 1410 Country Club Road, Fairmont, on Saturday, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., and on Sunday from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Funeral services will be held in the funeral home on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. with the Rev. Richard O. Bowyer officiating. Committal Services will follow in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Fairmont.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Marion County Humane Society, P.O. Box 905, Fairmont, WV 26554 or to the Soup Opera, 109 Fairmont Avenue, Fairmont, WV 26554.Online condolences may be made at www.fordfuneral

Family links: 
  Albert Hayden Hunsaker (1876 - 1970)
  Bessie Florence Rankin Hunsaker (1876 - 1960)
  Eugene Carroll McDougal (1918 - 1996)
  Louise D. Hunsaker Sheldon (1912 - 1996)*
  Mary Jeanne Hunsaker McDougal (1918 - 2009)
  Barbara Anne Hunsaker (1924 - 1929)*
*Calculated relationship
Woodlawn Cemetery
Marion County
West Virginia, USA
Created by: Chad Kendell
Record added: Oct 17, 2013
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Mary Jeanne <i>Hunsaker</i> McDougal
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