Mary Jo Leithren
January 6, 1932 - December 24, 2018
Mary Jo Leithren, age 86, of Newark, DE, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Monday, December 24, 2018.
Born and raised in Elkton, MD on January 6, 1932, she was one of seven children to the late Stewart and Viola Bedwell. She learned the importance of family early on. Mary attended Elkton High School, graduating in 1949 and where she met and married the love of her life and soulmate, James H. Leithren. She worked at the Aberdeen Proving Ground and then for the Chrysler Plant in Newark, DE until she and Jim decided to start a family of their own.
Her faith in God meant everything to her and often stated that it was what got her through many of the tough times in life. Mary was a devoted member of St. Johns-Holy Angels Parish in Newark, DE and shared her faith by sponsoring others into the church. She dedicated time every day to prayer and reading her Bible. Mary was a wonderful wife, mother and often times caregiver selflessly caring for other family members stricken with various serious illnesses.
She provided a clean, warm and loving home for her children, David, Joanne, Michael and Karen. Mary was a voice of reason, peacemaker and passionately devoted to her family and extended family. She loved to laugh and enjoyed family gatherings “and like that.” She enjoyed hosting family for the holidays and there was lots of love in everything she prepared.
In addition to her parents, Mary was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, James H. Leithren; sisters, Dorothy Dawson (Pete), Marie Staab (Bus), Jane Mogler (Bill); brother, George S. Bedwell (Franny); granddaughter, Rebekah; and daughter-in-law, Kelly. She is survived by her four children, David (Carol), Joanne Armstrong, Michael (Colleen) and Karen O’Keefe (Sean); sister, Pat Mainelli; brother, John E. Bedwell; grandchildren, David Leithren, Ashley Bradford, Erin Matter, Chris Sappington, Connor O’Keefe, Heather Egnor, Michael Leithren, Susie Leithren, Christine Leithren and Brian Leithren; and great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.
A visitation for family and friends will be held from 10 am until 10:45 am on Monday, January 7, 2019, at Holy Angels R.C. Church, 82 Possum Park Rd, Newark, DE, where a Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11 am. Interment will follow in All Saints Cemetery, 6001 Kirkwood Hwy, Wilmington, DE.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Mary’s memory to the American Heart Association, 200 Continental Drive, Suite 101, Newark, DE 19713.