Mary Jane Chalfant

Published 12:28 pm Friday, September 16, 2011

WAYNESBORO, Va. — Mary Jane Chalfant, 95, passed away July 6, 2011, in Waynesboro, Va.

Born on Aug. 26, 1915, in Fort Wayne, Ind., Mary Jane Stults was a proud “Hoosier” who, as a new bride in 1937, moved to Vicksburg with husband Lee Tillman Chalfant.

Mary Jane was devoted and dedicated to: her family, her Presbyterian Church, her community and her Lord.

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She was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Vicksburg and is remembered especially for her unhesitating commitment to all responsibilities undertaken in her service and leadership to the “women of the church” at every level; local, Presbytery and Synod. Her leadership was underscored by the facts that she was bright, diligent, dutiful, understanding and unassuming.

Not only was she formally recognized for her church leadership, similar accolades were given for her many years of leadership to the Girl Scouts of America.

All who knew Mary Jane, even if only slightly, remember her especially for her deep sense of loyalty to her family, friends and colleagues in good times and bad. Hers was a life spent looking forward with a positive perspective — no rearview mirror for Mary Jane.

Having experienced more than her share of loss, Mary Jane was preceded in death by her husband, Lee, and their two daughters, Susan and Nancy.

Mama Jane is survived by her three dearly loved grandsons, Mike, Mark and Scott Albright; their wives, Audrey, Joanna and Anne; and her four very special great-grandchildren, Susanna, Lainey, Will and Katie.

Aunt Janie is remembered lovingly by her niece, Sally Dunmeyer and her family as well as the family of nephew Kitt and Beverly Fisher. She fostered a “mutual admiration society” with her son-in-law, John Thomas and his children, Jenny and Jim.

Mary Jane will be missed by dear friends from her 61-year connection with Vicksburg as well as her many “new” friends from the past dozen years at the Summit Square Retirement Community in Waynesboro, Va.

She was braced by an enduring faith in God. Mary Jane did indeed “fight the good fight.”

A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17, at the First Presbyterian Church. The Rev. Tim Brown will officiate, and visiting hours will begin at 10 a.m.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Vicksburg.

Glenwood Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.