Mary Pardue

Mary Lee Pardue, 83, passed away Wednesday, May 28, 2014, at the Episcopal Church Home in Louisville, Ky. She was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Lula Mae Wagoner Purdue, and a sister, Lillian Ann Pardue. She is survived by a brother, Thomas A. Pardue Jr. (Jeannette) and a niece, Mary Carla Pardue.

Mary was born on July 24, 1930 in Scottsville, Ky. Her family subsequently moved to Frankfort where she attended elementary and high schools.  She went on to attend the University of Kentucky where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in business education and a minor in English.

Mary moved to Maryland and taught high school in Easton and later in Montgomery County, and spent one year teaching for the Army in Germany. While teaching, she attended the University of Maryland and received her Master’s degree in counseling. She was an active member of the Foundry United Methodist Church in Washington, D.C. and sang in the choir. Mary returned to Kentucky in 2011, moving first to Lexington and then to Louisville in 2014.

Services will be held in Rogers Funeral Home at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 31, 2014, with visitation preceding the service beginning at 9 a.m. Mary will be buried in the Frankfort Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to the Susanna Wesley House, 609 Park Avenue, Baltimore, Md. 21201.

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  • Mary was my cooperating teacher when I student taught at Kennedy High School in Montgomery County, Maryland.  She was my mentor and very good friend!  She was a bridesmaid in my wedding as well!  Mary was the most caring and positive person I have known.  I loved her so much and miss her terribly.  Look forward to seeing her again!  She is singing with the Angels!

  • We met Mary through the Worship Visuals Committee in her last year before leaving Foundry United Methodist Church and Washington, DC.  Mary was from a different era, a sweet lovely lady with grace and poise that quietly encouraged the best from others.  Her dedication to Worship Visuals and Foundry was evident as she worked to transition her responsibilities.  It was a pleasure working with her.  We thought of her as we decorated the altar each Sunday and through the Easter and Christmas seasons.  Condolences to her family and friends.

    David Page and Ted Tymczyszyn   

  • Mary was a gentle, caring, happy person.  A Southern lady.  I knew her during my years (graduated in 1960) at Sherwood High School in MD and even in the last 54 years.  Saw her often when I was in the DC area and we always exchanged Christmas cards-except for the last few years. When she and her friend were cleaning out her MD apartment in preparation for her move back to Kentucky, an antique cup and saucer were saved for me as a keepsake from Mary.  

    She will be missed greatly.  Condolences to family and friends.

    Betsy Lingebach Hopkins