Mary Elizabeth Phegley

January 5, 1931August 3, 2018

Mary Elizabeth Phegley, 87, passed away on August 3, 2018 in Fleming Island, FL. She was born in Mercer, MO and was a member of Christ the King Catholic Church. Survivors include her 2 daughters: Cheryl Elizabeth Gentry and her husband, Richard and Deborah Brizendine; 3 grandchildren: Kate Elizabeth Alsup and her husband, Damon, Nick Gentry and Jacob Brizendine; 2 great grandchildren: Gianna Elizabeth Alsup and Barrett Carter Alsup. Burial of her cremated remains will be in Mount Moriah Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements by HARDAGE-GIDDENS RIVERMEAD FUNERAL HOME, 127 Blanding Blvd, Orange Park, FL. Please post words of comfort at


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Cheryl Gentry

September 19, 2018

I was 6 years old and woke up one night because I heard my Mama crying in the dining room, sitting with her checkbook and a stack of bills before her. It scared me because I had never seen her afraid - she was a rock to me and my sister.

I asked her “ Are we poor?” She put her arms around me and said “No, we’re just broke,” Because Mom ws smiling, all was welll in my mind.

Mom always made everything okay- she’s a true hero to me and my little sister. Love you Mary Elizabeth and Grandma— so happy you are together now.

Elizabeth Leach

August 24, 2018

I met Mary 50 years ago, when I was a young woman, newly arrived in Kansas City, MO. She worked at Gilbert-Magill Company, which is where I found a job. She was so smart, beautiful and kind. She was always very good to me. When I planned to be married in June of 1973, Mary hosted a bridal shower for me in her home. I have so many fond memories of this very special lady. My deepest condolences to her family, especially her daughters. She loved them so much and was very proud of them and her grandchildren. It is so hard to lose one's mother - many prayers for comfort for your grieving hearts.

James Wiggins

August 7, 2018

Although Mary was my aunt, we were so close in age that I knew her simply as "Mary." She was a fun=loving child, always ready to seek out small adventures. She was observant, ready to help others who needed it. She cared deeply for those close to her, especially her mother and her children. My wife, Margaret, and I would miss seeing her for years but she was always eager to update us on her children and grandchildren. She loved and was loved by all who knew her.