Mary McHenry Tarpley Nightingale

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Mary McHenry Tarpley Nightingale
HENDERSONVILLE, NC - Mary McHenry Tarpley Nightingale of Hendersonville, NC, and formerly of Aiken, SC, passed away Wednesday, November 11, 2015, in her home.
She was the daughter of Dr. Joseph Russell Tarpley and Bennie Williams Tarpley of Nashville, TN.
Mary was born April 25, 1917.
She was a graduate of Ward Belmont College (Belmont U) and Peabody Teachers College in Nashville.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, William Nightingale, Jr. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Dr. Boyd Tarpley, and a grandson, Donald W. Ellison, Jr.
Mary taught kindergarten many years at Mead Hall in Aiken. She was a member of St. Thaddeus Episcopal Church, Wildwood Garden Club, and a volunteer with the hospital auxiliary.
She was an active member of St. Thaddeus where she was in the St. Elizabeth Auxiliary, volunteered in the church office, and also the Thrift Store. Mary loved people, parties, card games of all types, but most especially bridge.
She was a devoted wife and doting mother. They also lived in Old Hickory, TN; Richland, WA; Woodbury, NJ; and Jeffersonville, IN.
Surviving are her children Mary King Auman of Brevard, NC, Judy N. Durant of Asheville, NC, and William Nightingale, III, Jacksonville, FL; her granddaughter, Amy E. Cassidy and her husband, John C. Cassidy; two great-grandsons, Christopher N. Cassidy, and W. Cameron Cassidy as well as two nephews, Barton and Price Tarpley.
Mary will be missed by her family and friends, as she was a loving, fun person, who was quick to bring a smile to your face.
A graveside service will be held at St. Thaddeas Episcopal Church on Thursday, December 3, 2015 at 3:00pm with Rev. Grant B. Wiseman officiating.
In lieu of flowers, Memorial Contributions may be made to St. Thaddeus Episcopal Church at 125 Pendleton ST, SW, Aiken, SC 29801 or Mead Hall School at 619 Barnwell Avenue NW, Aiken, SC 29801 Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors in Hendersonville, NC are in charge of arrangements.
An online register book is available for family and friends by visiting: www.thosshepherd.com
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Published in The Aiken Standard and North Augusta Star on Nov. 23, 2015