Mary Allegra Sturdevant of Marcy Road, Tunkhannock, died Monday at Tyler Memorial Hospital in Tunkhannock. She was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, Ralph D. Sturdevant.
Born Nov. 30, 1921, in Riverside Hospital, Wilkes-Barre, daughter of the late Fred G. and Eleanor Gay Northrup, Mary Allegra attended Mehoopany Grade School and graduated from Tunkhannock High School in 1939. She then attended and graduated from Wilkes-Barre General Hospital School of Nursing as a registered nurse. She spent most of her nursing career at Tyler Memorial Hospital, both in Meshoppen and Tunkhannock, until she retired. She also did private-duty nursing. She maintained her nursing license through 2006.
She was a longtime member of the American Red Cross, and worked at the very first blood drive that was ever held in Wyoming County, as well as numerous blood drives over the years. Mary Allegra was a member of the Red Cross Disaster Action team and worked at many shelters that were set up in Tunkhannock as a result of the tornado and several floods. She was a member of the Tunkhannock United Methodist Church, a trustee of the Union Hill Cemetery Association, Mehoopany, a member of the Nature Conservancy at Vosburg and the Audubon Society, a member of the Tunkhannock Senior Center and also a volunteer at the Seven Loaves Soup Kitchen. She was a faithful participant of the Silver Sneakers exercise program, the yoga program and the tai chi program at the Riverside Gym.
She enjoyed her Sunday afternoons listening to blue grass music at the Sky Haven Airport and at the Old Lynn Church Concert Series. She made friends wherever she went. Mary Allegra loved traveling and had made several trips to Alaska. She enjoyed the outdoors, wildlife and gardening and was known for her gladiolas and dahlias. She enjoyed dancing and square dancing.
Mary Allegra was a devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She will be greatly missed by her family.
Surviving are her son, David and wife, Leona Sturdevant of Tunkhannock; daughter, Eleanor "Ellie" and husband, Margin Stout of Tunkhannock; and sons, Lyle and wife, Grace Sturdevant of Mehoopany; and Eliot Sturdevant of Clarks Summit; grandchildren, Amy Youells Poage and husband, James of Fairbanks, Alaska; Nichole Sturdevant Kwiatkowski of Scranton; Heidi Sturdevant of Jessup; Schuyler Sturdevant of State College; and Gemma Sturdevant of Clarks Summit; sister-in-law, Thelma Sturdevant Wilson; three great-grandchildren; and two nephews.
She was also preceded in death by a brother, James Northup; and brother-in-law, Elwyn Sturdevant.
Funeral services will be Friday at 11 a.m. from the Tunkhannock United Methodist Church with Pastor Peter Geschwindner presiding. Interment will be in Union Hill Cemetery, Mehoopany.
Friends may call Thursday, 5 to 8 p.m., at Sheldon-Kukuchka Funeral Home, 73 W. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Tunkhannock United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 447, Tunkhannock, PA 18657; the Wyoming County Red Cross, 819 SR 29 South, Suite 2, Tunkhannock, PA 18657; or the Nature Conservancy, 2101 N. Front St., Bldg. 1, Suite 200, Harrisburg, PA 17110. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.sheldonkukuchkafu neralhome.com