Vicksburg woman dies in Simpson County wreck

Published 11:44 am Wednesday, July 13, 2011

A Vicksburg woman described this morning as a loving homemaker, mother and grandmother died Tuesday in a one-car wreck in Simpson County.

Mary Buckley, 46, 309 Dogwood Lake Circle, was killed when her 2006 Hyundai Sonata ran off Mississippi 43, two miles south of Mississippi 28 just before 4 p.m., a spokesman for the Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol said.

“She had driven two hours to Prentiss to pick up her 80-year-old father and drove another hour up to Jackson to take him to the VA hospital and had just taken him back to his home in Prentiss” when the wreck occurred, her husband, Paul Buckley, said this morning. “She ran into some bad weather.”

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The highway patrol said Buckley’s northbound car hit a tree. She was pronounced dead at the scene, officials said.

“Any child within cookie reach was welcome at her house,” Paul Buckley said of his wife of 29 years.

“After I retired in 2006 from the Army, we wanted to come home to Mississippi,” said Buckley, who works at Ergon Marine on the Mississippi River. “We lived in Crystal Springs for a while and then came to Vicksburg.”

The Buckleys have three sons: Jeremy, who is in the U.S. Army and stationed at Fort Knox, Ky.; Joseph, who lives in Prentiss and works in Brandon; and Joshua, who lives with his parents and is enrolled in college in Madison. They also have two grandchildren, Maddie and Eli, who live in Fort Knox.

In addition to her husband, sons and father, Mary Buckley is survived by two brothers and a sister.

Saulters-Moore Funeral Home of Prentiss is in charge of arrangements.