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Mary F. Ealey SMITHFIELD - Mary Josephine Fannin Ealey, born Sept. 18, 1922, in Barrnette's Creek, Ky., passed away March 28, 2008, in Sentara Obici Hospital. She was a homemaker and loving mother of five children. Mary was a member of Battery Park Baptist Church for 27 years. Preceded in death by her husband, Orville Ealey, she leaves to cherish her memory Donald Ray Ealey, Robert Michael Ealey, Orville Larry Ealey, Donna Ealey Peirce and Betty Ealey Swinson; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; three brothers, Gerald Fannin, Frank Fannin and John Fannin; two sisters, Phyliss Wells and Nancy Martin; and best friends, Betty and Jim Gridley, Betty Marsh and Josephine Edwards. The family will receive friends between 6 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday in Colonial Funeral Home. A life celebration service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday in the funeral home with Pastor Michael Harrington officiating. Burial will follow in St. Luke's Memorial Park. Following the service, friends may go to the home of the daughter, Donna and Steve Peirce at 11 Wenley Circle, Smithfield. The family would like to express their sincere gratitude and deep appreciation to all the loving, caring and dedicated CNAs, nurses and staff of Magnolia Manor and the Riverside Convalescent Center where she resided.
Published in The Virginian Pilot on Mar. 29, 2008