Mary Virginia Echols

June 5, 1922August 15, 2013

Mary V. Echols died peacefully on Thursday, August 15, 2013. She was born in Michigan and received degrees from the University of Michigan and the University of Alabama. Mary served in the Women's Army Corps during World War II and was subsequently employed as a teacher and librarian. She moved to Waynesboro, in 1982, and was active in her church and many civic organizations, most notably the D.A.R. Mary was predeceased by her husband, Edward; and her brother, John Hathaway. She is survived by her son, Rob; her sister, Elizabeth; her dear friends and several nieces and nephews. Mary lived her life on her terms right to the end, and all who knew her were touched by her positive attitude. A celebration of Mary's life will be held 1 p.m. Sunday, September 1, 2013, at First Church - Christ Scientist, 1011 Northgate Ave., Waynesboro, VA 22980. Arrangements entrusted to the Waynesboro Chapel of Reynolds Hamrick Funeral Homes


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Jeff Tolan

September 29, 2013

Mrs. Echols was my 1st grade teacher in Exeter, New Hampshire in 1965. It is especially poignant for me to think about her and to send this message, as she is the person who taught me how to read and write. May God bless her.

Mary Fannin, Chapter Regent

August 24, 2013

I feel so fortunate to have joined the same DAR chapter as Mary. On behalf of the Colonel James Patton Chapter of the D.A.R., I want to express our deepest sympathy to her family, and express our appreciation for her 21 years of service to our organization. Mary presented some interesting programs at our meetings regarding female Patriots who participated in the fight for our independence that many of us had never heard of! We will miss her cheerful disposition, big smile, and wonderful sense of humor!

Bruce Allen, Mayor

August 19, 2013

I would like to express, on behalf of the Waynesboro City Council, our condolences on the loss of your mother. Many of us knew her through her community service on the Historical Commission, and her generosity of time and energy was well-appreciated among our staff. She will be missed. We extend our deepest sympathies to you and your family during this period of mourning.

Paul Lyons

August 18, 2013

Very nice lady, the first time I met her with my friend she welcomed me with open arms. We had to go on a tour of her garden that she cherished and knew everything growing even the weeds. She was a very smart person and paid attention to everything you said.
In loving memory to a wonderful person in deed and will be greatly missed by everyone.
Paul Lyons (Lockport, NY,)

Mary Hathaway

August 18, 2013

Her kid brother Johnny called her Petsie. As Johnny's wife, I called her Petsie too and still do. She was a generous giver. I have three paintings that she gave to us. When our kids were little, prize-winning books came every year at Christmas. I've saved her letters, many decorated with watercolors from her own hand. Petsie, I'm picturing you and Ned and John together in jazz heaven, tapping your toes. Love, Mary

Sara Hathaway

August 18, 2013

My dad's love of Glen Miller and other big band music came from his big sister, who sang often and well in his memories. She was a children's librarian in Exeter, NH for many decades and always sent Christmas money for us to buy books. I remember her feisty little dog named Peggotty who hid under the couch.

I just learned from the Internet that she won a Hopwood award for a play she wrote in the 1940s or '50s. Her childhood nickname, Petsie, was the name by which I knew her. A good, long life filled with travels and learning and shared with cousin Rob and Uncle Ned. Rest in peace, Aunt Petsie.

August 17, 2013

My sister was a caring and loving person. She was very patriotic. During WWII she was a WAC. She was a wonderful mom, wife, family member, and friend to all. She was a teacher and librarian. She painted many beautiful pictures and was a community volunteer. We will miss you.
Love, Betsy

Cathy, Greg, Danya and Matt Pysh

August 17, 2013

In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always, Aunt Petsie.