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5308 Backlick Road, Springfield, VA

OBITUARY

Mary Arletta Kelly McCauley

September 12, 1934September 10, 2020

Came into this world September 12th, 1934, and left for her reward in Glory on September 10, 2020. In those 85 years and 363 days she lived an incredible life that touched the lives of countless others. She was born to loving parents, Ophelia Gilleylen Kelly and Lawrence Kelly in St. Louis, MO. She matriculated through the St. Louis Public Schools graduating as a recognized member of the National Honors Society from her beloved Sumner High School in 1952. She remained a proud and participating alum until her passing. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Education from Harris-Stowe Teachers College (now Harris-Stowe University) in 1957. She attended St. Louis University and Washington University to obtain her certification in Special Education. In 1975 Mary received a Master of Education from the University of Missouri - St. Louis. In addition, she was a dedicated member of the American Mathematical Society. Mary worked for the St. Louis Public Schools in varying capacities including Teacher, Special Education Specialist, and Math Consultant for St. Louis public schools under State and Federal Programs until finally retiring after 43 years of service in 2000. Most important to Mary was her faith. She was christened by Reverend Jessie Boyd, Sr. at (Old)St. Peter A.M.E. Church at 4 months old. Mary was a third - generation member of St. Peter. For the rest of her days, her church activities epitomized the lyrics of one her favorite spirituals “Ain’t Got Time Die.” The following are some of her many accomplishments: —She was a Trustee (secretary) and Trustee Emeritus —Director of the St. Peter YPD and Missouri Conference Y.P.D. (Saw many young people come to Christ) —Assistant Director of Vacation Bible School —Worked tirelessly with the St. Peter Kitchen Committee —Served on the board of the 5th District A.M.E. Economic Development Fund —Two - time Delegate to the General Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Church —Member at one time Vice President of the Princess Cheatam Women’s Missionary Society Later in life, Mary had faithful memberships with Bethel AME Church in Springfield, MA and First AME Church Alexandria in Alexandria VA. Mary felt our lives should be a praise offering to God. Mary McCauley lived by the acronym S.W.A.P. She wanted to be a Sister With A Purpose. She found ways to serve her community and her God. She served as McKinley PTA. Secretary, County Voter registration committee, Member of Normandy High Band Assoc., St. Louis Black Repertory Theater, and a volunteer at DePaul Hospital. Mary was a dedicated, hardworking member of the Public Service Sorority. Delta Sigma Theta for 63 years and a member of Top Ladies of Distinction. After her retirement, she continued to work as a volunteer for the St. Louis Public School’s Reading and Mentoring Programs. To be clear, Mary had her battle scars of life, literally and figuratively. One reason many were inspired by this great lady was that she believed Romans 8:28, "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose." She understood no matter how things looked, God’s hand was on her life. As a result, those around her saw her get out, reach out, and live out her faith…. despite the challenges and difficulties of life. That’s why, despite her amputation, you could find her doing the electric slide in her electric wheelchair! Finally, there are no words to express the depth of Mary’s love and devotion to her family. Her 29-year marriage to Samuel Myron McCauley, produced two children. While preceded in death by her parents and sister Marlene Roberson she is survived by her sister Barbara Williams, daughter Gayle McMahan (and husband Arthur), son Gilbert McCauley (and wife Shannon), granddaughter Gabrielle McMahan, grandson Phlilip Arthur McMahan (and fiancée Tasha Pennington), grandsons Tyrell Jackson, Angelo Jackson, IsaMahal Castro-McCauley, Samuel Castro-McCauley, granddaughter Zion Lamb-Wilkins, and great-granddaughter Jordan McMahan, nephew Vincent Roberson, Niece Cynthia Howard and host of other grand nieces, nephew, cousins, mentees, sorors and forever friends.

Services

  • Visitation

    Saturday, September 19, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, September 19, 2020

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Marie & Cynthia Spence & Tucker Howard

September 19, 2020

Mrs. Mary McCauley was only at Bethel AME Springfield, MA for a relatively short period of time...And during that time she made a tremendous impact. She was well-loved, well-respected and her presence will be missed, yet always remembered. Her sweet spirit shown inside and out. May she rest in peace as she transcends to the mansion God has prepared for her.
God bless,
Steward Marie Spence and Trustee Cynthia Tucker Howard

Derrieal Williams

September 19, 2020

I’ll always remember her BEAUTIFUL spirit and the smile and love she always shared.

Rodney Williams

September 19, 2020

To my cousins Gilbert and Gayle, my sincerest condolences to you both and your families, during this time of bereavement. Words cannot begin to express our sorrow for your loss. Please know that we are praying that God will comfort all of you during this difficult time.

Vicky Smith

September 19, 2020

Beautiful, Beautiful Sister Mary had many gifts and talents. She exuded love and radiated warmth. The epitome of a Christian loving spirit. Her smile could brighten a gloomy day, her soft words of encouragement lent strength and support.
Sister Mary was fashion plate and all I can say is - She wore it well!
She also had a great sense of humor as when she shared an uproarious story over dinner about her college days and the fundraiser with "listener" sandwiches - PIG EARS!
She will truly be missed and always loved.
Blessings

ERMA STRAUTHER

September 19, 2020

GOD GIVES EVERY PERSON THEIR OWN UNIQUE SONG.
IT'S ONE THAT WILL PLAY THEIR ENTIRE LIFE LONG, THROUGH THE LOVE THAT THEY SHARE, THROUGH THE MEMORIES THEY MAKE ,AND THE DREAMS THAT THEY DARE .IT'S A SONG FILLED WITH BEAUTY AND DAY TO DAY GRACE. THAT PLAYS THROUGH UNTIL THEY SEE GOD FACE TO FACE. a A SONG, IF WE LISTEN WE'LL ALWAYS STILL HEAR IN OUR HEART. LOVE
ERMA STRAUTHER

Gayle Ransom

September 19, 2020

As I have reflected on the life of Mrs. Mary McCauley over the past week, 2 Timothy 4:7-8 has come to mind: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.”
Miss Mary lived her faith, loved her family, faced her challenges, fulfilled her commitments 110% and was essentially fully engaged in every aspect of her life until the end. What a legacy!! I’m so blessed to have known her and I have tried to incorporate so many of her life’s lessons into my life, such as if you are on time, you’re late!! Who would have thought it, but it makes perfect sense. At this time I lift up her family in prayer that God will sustain and strengthen you during this journey. May Miss Mary’s soul Rest In Peace and may her memory be a blessing to all who knew and loved her.

Ebony Batiste

September 19, 2020

She was always so kind to me. I still have our last text on my phone. She sent me some flowers that were so beautiful. I just remembered the love she had for her family. I wish I had more time to connect with her. I will miss her.

Sheila garwood

September 19, 2020

To my cousins Gilbert and Gayle, my deepest condolences to you and the family for the passing of your dear mother. My fondest memories of your mother when I was young girl at our family gatherings, and family reunions was I thought , what a classy lady, with a kind spirit, she was always so nice and had the biggest most beautiful smile! An Awesome woman indeed! God blessings to you all during this difficult time!

Adrienne Keeler

September 18, 2020

The main thing I think of is how strong and independent she was. She was a funny lady who I loved just being in the company of. I considered her to be my other grandmother. She will truly missed.

Stephanie Taylor

September 18, 2020

My beautiful big sister whom I adored, loved and respected. We met when she worked at a women’s dress shop downtown. My daughter Twyla was just a little girl. Mary some how knew she would befriend us, support us and make sure we would have her as our extended family. We took care of each other. She bought sweetness in my life and made me a better happier person. I will miss her so much. She knew how to lift your spirits. Thanks Gale and Gilbert for sharing your mom with me.

FROM THE FAMILY

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