|Birth: ||Feb. 24, 1922|
|Death: ||Aug. 13, 2001|
On February 24, 1922, Mary Madeline Parke Faltz was born, the second of eight children, to the late Hattie Bailey Parker and John Samuel Parker of Waverly, Virginia.
Mary accepted the Lord at an early age in Waverly, Virginia and joyfully continued to serve Him all the days of her life. She was never without a church membership, no matter where she resided. At Union A.M.E. Church in Philadelphia she banked her famous sweet potato pies for church dinners and served as a member of the daughters of Allen. Later in her life she joined St. Matthews United Methodist Church in Trevose, Pennsylvania, where she contributed her talents as an interior decorator to make communion slipcovers for the alter and continued to make her famous sweet potato pies for the church functions. Even as a resident of the Maplewood Manor Nursing Home, she continued to enjoy singing hymns and attending weekly church services at the home.
May was educated in the public schools of Sussex County, Virginia, Plainfield, New Jersey and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She also studied interior design.
On July 17, 1943, Mary married the late Leroy Melvin Faltz. To this union, one daughter was born, Carolyn Mavis Faltz.
Service to her community and the promotion of the advancement of women were of great concern to Mary. She was a long-standing, life-time member of the National Council of Negro Women, where she received numerous awards and recognitions for the many committees and programs in which participated.
Mary began and ended her career as a Federal Government employee. In the midst of her government employment, she used her tenacity and talent to become a pioneering entrepreneur when she opened her own interior decorating business. Her services were highly sought after, and she decorated several sample homes throughout the Delaware Valley Area. Some of her most creative work was completed for Nettie Creek. May retired from her business and returned to federal employment as a supervisor until her retirement in 1985.
Throughout her life, Mary had a multiplicity of talents and gifts. She was known as an excellent cook and hostess. She was always eager to open her home and prepare delectable dished for her family and friends. Her cheese rolls were one of her specialties. Mary held a passport and was an international and national traveler for as long as her health permitted. Fishing was also a favorite pastime. Mary was a strong, proud, hardworking leader, who was rich in spirit, love and humor. Her wit remained in tact until the very end as she entertained all that visited and cared for her.
Family was also an integral part of Mary's life. She loved and treasured her family and took great pride in all of their accomplishments. From an early age, she did all that she could to help many family members. The motto that she lived was, "If I can help somebody as I pass along, then my living shall not be in vain."
Mary lived a long life and is lovingly remembered by her only daughter, Carolyn Faltz McQuillan; one son-in-law, William McQuillan Sr.; one brother, Joseph L. Parker; four sisters-in-law, Hazel Blow, Nessa Darden, Thelma Faltz and Inez Faltz; two brothers-in-law, Randolph Delk and Kelly Darden, Sr.; two grandchildren, Michelle McQuillan and William McQuillan, Jr.; one granddaughter by marriage, Corliss Vance McQuillan; one godson, Milton Tucker; many nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.
White Chapel Memorial Park
Created by: Doll Harris-Hargrove
Record added: Nov 29, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 23161292