Nelsen Funeral Home & Crematory - Reid Chapel

412 S. Washington Hwy., Ashland, VA


Mary Hale White

June 17, 1927May 18, 2020

Mary Elizabeth Hale White, our precious mother, grandmother and great grandmother, passed away May 18, 2020. She was born in Ashland, Va. in 1927 to George and Willie Sue Hale, and was married to H. Clifford White for 58 years. She is survived by her three daughters, Deborah Wright (Charles), Pamela Oberfeld, Mary Beth White-Comstock (Larry); five grandchildren, Shannon and Carrie Wright, Brooke Monroe, Braden Russell, Haley Wilson; nine great grandchildren, sister-in-law, Gay White Ruff and niece, Sarah Bruin McClellan. Mary is the youngest of eight children. Brothers, Clarence, Jim, John, and Berkley and sisters Betty Hale Callahan, Hazel Hale Boschen, and Lillian Hale Powers Mary was a gentle, sweet and loving soul, with exceptional talents as a seamstress, kindergarten teacher and Girl Scout leader. She enjoyed being encircled by family and friends; summer days boating, fishing and crabbing at the river; playing croquet and Scrabble, and enjoying lively conversation. Her love of family, sense of humor, patience and talents will be deeply missed by all. She never ended a visit or phone call without saying, “I love you!” A celebration of Mary’s life will be held on June 20, 2020 at 1:00 pm via live stream on Facebook at www.facebook.com/woodyatlee. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice.


  • Memorial Service live streamed on Facebook

    Saturday, June 20, 2020



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Patricia Lewis

June 10, 2020

Her million dollar smile, says it all. Ms White seemed to be a beautiful person inside and out. I truly enjoyed taking care of your mom. I'm blessed to have known her.

Lauren Hall

June 8, 2020

She left a wonderful legacy of beautiful, kind, smart women who carry her spirit forward. Rest in peace, Mary. Job well done!

Peggy Jenkins-Morrow-Sanders

June 8, 2020

She was a beautiful lady inside and out. So kind and extremely talented. She is the reason I love Deviled Crab. She made all the long gowns for the flower girls, bridesmaids dresses, matron of honor dress and the beautiful beaded Bridal dress for my sister’s wedding in 1955.
Amazing to have young children of her own.
They just do not make people like this anymore.