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Mardell Marcolina Bischoff


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Mardell Marcolina Bischoff Obituary
Mardell Marcolina Bischoff, 77, of North Carolina

Mardell Marcolina Bischoff, 77, of North Carolina, formerly of College Park and Poolesville, Maryland, closed her eyes on Wednesday, April 30 2014 at Royal Park Rehabilitation and Health Center in Matthews, NC, and opened them in heaven.

Born on February 6, 1937 in Nethkin, West Virginia, she was a precocious coal miner's daughter, one of seven children of the late Minor H. and Audrey E. Jones Morris. A sickly child, she was nevertheless mischievous and full of life and always getting into something, to the chagrin of her mother.

She was a graduate of Elk Garden High, part of a graduating class of less than 50. She attended Southeastern Bible College in Lakeland, Florida and Sheppard State Teacher's College, where she made lifelong friends and again got into trouble, notably pulling the fire alarm to distract her dorm monitor while her classmates let a cow into the dorm, earning her the nickname "Freddie the Fireman."

While working at Litton Industries, she met Joe Jones, her first husband, and married him after a six-week whirlwind courtship. She was just shy of completing her degree and made her new husband call her mother to inform her they were married and that she wasn't finishing school.

After moving a few times, she and Joe Jones moved to Poolesville, where they co-owned and operated Jones Landscaping, Rivers Edge Florist and Rivers Edge Plant Shop for 11 years. During this time, she again made friends, was extremely active in her church community and her children's schools. She had been a former teacher, a past PTA President in Poolesville, a Sunday School Teacher, a member of the West Virginia Teachers' Association, and a member of the Immanuel Church in Silver Spring.

"Mardi," as she was known to loved ones, called herself a "Jesus person" and would tell everyone all about it. She loved life and lived it with gusto. She had a heart for people who were hurting, loved children and made friends everywhere she went, including checkout lines. If she loved you, you knew it; and if she did, she was always on your side. Her zest for life, her sense of humor and her non-judgmental acceptance of people will be sorely missed by all who knew her.

She is survived by daughters Bonnie Jean Jones and Beth Jones Shields, sons-in-law Philip Anderson and Stephen Shields, beloved grandchildren Michaela, Skye and Alia Shields, sisters Anne Pritts of Westminster and Linda Kay Burdock of Oakland and numerous nieces and nephews, along with countless friends, including her "God-daughter," Natasha Shon. She was predeceased by brothers David "Jocko" Morris, Dempsey Morris and Jack Morris.

There will be a family viewing on Sunday, May 4, from 1-2pm at the Pritts Funeral Home and Chapel, 412 Washington Rd., Westminster with a celebration of life directly following at 2 p.m. Interment will be Monday at 1 p.m. in Ft. Lincoln Cemetery, Brentwood Maryland.

Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to the African Orphans Education Trust at AOET.org.

Online condolences may be offered at www.prittsfuneralhome.com
Published in Mineral Daily News-Tribune from May 2 to May 9, 2014
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