SAN ANGELO Mary Jane Langdon passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 3, 2014. She was 78. Mary was born to Clarence and Mabel Mason on December 23, 1935, in Yawkey, West Virginia. She always jokingly called it "Yucky." Raised as a farm girl, but never wanting the farm life, Mary moved to the big city after graduating high school and took a job as a telephone switchboard operator. In Huntington, West Virginia, Mary met and fell for the love of her life, Golden Isaac Langdon. At the time, Golden was the lead singer for The Howard Jennings Orchestra. With his blonde hair and blue eyes, Golden would croon to her directly from the stage. Mary never had a chance! Married in November, 1954, they were soon joined by a son, Stephen Jay Langdon. Mary was a wonderful mother and wife, and later, mother-in-law to Dorothy Louise Langdon, and grandmother of three: Daniel Allen Langdon, Michael Stephen Langdon and Grace Louise Langdon. Mary settled into the supporting role of housewife while Golden went to college and worked his way up the education ladder, finally becoming Dean of Students at Augusta College, in Augusta, Georgia. The two left college life in 1970, and went into retail business, first with "Looney Luke's" Fireworks and Souvenirs, just outside of Nashville, Tennessee, and then back to Augusta, to open Book World and Wally's Pets. They even dabbled in home construction and built a few homes to sell. In 1977, Mary and Golden purchased a GMC Palm Beach Motorhome. Traveling the country by motorhome became the happy couple's passion. When grandchildren came along in the 1980's, they would take the children on cross country trips most children (and grandparents) only dream about. Camping and exploring became a way of life for the whole family. Golden passed in 1995, and Mary lived the remainder of her life for her grandchildren, even getting to meet her first great-grandchild before the cruelties of Alzheimer's set in. Mary spent her final two years comfortably at Sagecrest Alzheimer's Care. In failing health, she passed peacefully of renal failure before the worst of Alzheimer's set in. The family wishes to extend it's thanks to the caring staff at Sagecrest. Mary is also survived by three younger sisters, Connie Smith, Diana Morde and Paricia Baisden. Post cremation, visitation for Mary will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, July 11, at Johnson's Funeral Home with a Catholic Rosary from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. In accordance with her wishes, Mary will be cremated and her ashes scattered at her favorite campground, Gulf Shores State Park, Alabama, where she and Golden can be together, forever. We miss you Mom, and we'll never forget you. Have fun on your new adventure, and tell Golden we said "Hey"!
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Published in GoSanAngelo from July 10 to July 11, 2014