Mary Wayman

July 2, 1926March 24, 2019

Mary H. Wayman, 92, of Otego went to heaven, on March 24, 2019. She was born July 2, 1926 in Oneonta, the daughter of George and Anna Bell (Short) Harris.

Mary was a waitress and domestic homemaker for over 50 years. In 1972, Mary Joined the Salvation Army where she was Home League Secretary for 18 years. She was also a Sunday School Teacher and was involved with the Busy Bees. Mary truly enjoyed doing kettles during the holiday season. Mary will be deeply missed by her family, her church, and all those she held in her heart.

She is survived by her sons Keith Wayman, Sr. of Otego, Christopher Wayman of Tennessee; her daughter Pamela Harris of Otego; a sister Bertha (Harris) Johnson, Oneonta; her grandchildren Keith Wayman, Jr. and Katherine Curtis of Hartwick, Benjamen and Melissa Wayman of Hartwick, Joshua and Ashley Wayman of Otego, Allison and Josh Netherton of Tennessee, Zachary Harris of Otego; her great grandchildren Cameron, Dylon, Evan, Leeah Wayman of Hartwick,; Noah, Sofia, Xavier, Logan, Jaxon Wayman of Otego.

Mary was predeceased by her husband of 45 years Frederick R. Wayman; her son Timothy Wayman and her parents George P. Harris and Anna Bell Short.

A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, April 3, 2019, at 2pm at the Salvation Army Church, 25 River Street, Oneonta, N.Y. officiated by the Salvation Army Officers. At Mary’s request there will be no public calling hours. Committal Services and burial will take place later in the spring in Oneonta Plains Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army Church, 25 River Street, Oneonta, N.Y. 13820 in loving memory of Mary Wayman.

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Arrangements are by the Bookhout Funeral Home, Oneonta.


  • Funeral Service Wednesday, April 3, 2019

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Pamela Harris

April 5, 2019

One last tribute to my mother. I do not know who will read this but I just want to say my mother was made of steel and not kryptonite nor anything else was going to stop her. Just like when she flung her pocketbook, whatever challenges life threw at her she pressed on just like a soldier and reported to duty everyday no matter what. Her example of life will always be there for me and my family.

Love You Dearly

Pamela Harris

April 4, 2019

From the family of Mary Wayman:

We want to thank The Salvation Army for seeing us through the loss of our mother Mary Wayman and the Bookhout Funeral Home. Thank you for the memories that were shared. Her life was an open book. She walked the talk.

With love her Family

Fran Wiedeman

April 3, 2019

Mary was a faithful servant who loved The Salvation Army, but above all else she loved the Lord. She truly loved and cared for everyone she met and always had a kind word to say. She will be missed by everyone who had the great privilege of knowing her. We can all rest easy knowing she is finally in heaven resting in her mansion!

Eugene Pigford

March 31, 2019

Mary was one of those delightful combinations of feistiness and compassion. In our association over the past many years she was consistently friendly and encouraging to us, continually thinking of her family, and faithful to the Salvation Army Church ministry, which she loved and to which she was committed. Perhaps it was some of her own life challenges that made her so accepting and friendly to the children who would sit with her in church.

I always felt a secret sense of delight when I would see her fling her carrying bag either up or down stairs so she wouldn’t need to be bothered with it when she used them. ( I think she only used the handrail so that the person who installed it would feel useful). Woe betide anyone who would dare to interfere with this missile as it flew to the destination she had in mind.

She could have rightly carved her initials in the pew she so faithfully occupied over the years.
Second row back, end seat on the right ( as you look from the back of the hall).

Her testimony was always simple and consistent. If you ever had any doubts about the constancy of Christ’s presence, a short conversation with Mary would quickly dispel that.

As the years pass, the reality of heaven becomes ever stronger due to the increased number of faces we anticipate seeing when our time comes. But the entrance requirements have not changed since Christ first declared them, “ I am the way, the truth and the Life. No man cometh to the Father but by me” John 14:6.

Mary know this well!

It would be her prayer, and ours as well, that if you have yet to seriously consider and respond to Christ’s invitation, that you do so even now.

God bless you.

Gene and Edie Pigford, Lt. Colonels


March 30, 2019

May you find comfort in precious memories.

Joyce & Louie Stone

Pamela Wiedeman

March 30, 2019

I knew you only for a short time, and when I met you I knew you were special and loving.. You were loved so much by the family that I admire so much.. Hope you are flying high with the angels and God Bless you and give you the peace you deserve..

Pamela Harris

March 30, 2019

Mary (mom) took me in when I was 7 days old and I have been her daughter ever since then. I am grateful I got to stay in the family. We had our moments when we didn't always agree on everything, but I guess that is typical when a mother and daughter have been together as long as we have, but my love for her was always there and always will be. She sacrificed so much for us unconditionally. I love you mom and will truly miss you, but I know you will always be there for me and with me. You always had room for me.
Thank You Mom.