Mary Allegra Sturdevant, of Marcy Road, Tunkhannock, died Monday, May 6, at Tyler Memorial Hospital, Tunkhannock.
She was born on Nov. 30, 1921, in Riverside Hospital, Wilkes-Barre, a daughter of the late Fred G. and Eleanor Gay Northrup.
Mary Allegra attended the Mehoopany Grade School and graduated from Tunkhannock High School in 1939. She then attended and graduated from the 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 first blood drive ever held in Wyoming County as well as at numerous blood drives over the years. 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 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 bluegrass 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.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, Ralph D. Sturdevant; father, Fred G. Northrup; mother, Eleanor Gay Northrup; brother, James Northup; and brother-in-law, Elwyn Sturdevant.
Mary Allegra is survived by her son, David and wife, Leona Sturdevant, Tunkhannock; daughter, Eleanor "Ellie" and husband, Margin Stout, Tunkhannock; sons, Lyle and wife, Grace Sturdevant, Mehoopany, and Eliot Sturdevant, Clarks Summit; grandchildren, Amy Youells Poage and husband, James, Fairbanks, Alaska, Nichole Sturdevant Kwiatkowski, Scranton, Heidi Sturdevant, Jessup, Schuyler Sturdevant, State College, and Gemma Sturdevant, Clarks Summit; sister-in-law, Thelma Sturdevant Wilson; three great-grandchildren; and two nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday from the Tunkhannock United Methodist Church with Pastor Peter Geschwindner presiding. Interment will be in Union Hill Cemetery in Mehoopany. Friends may call at Sheldon-Kukuchka Funeral Home, 73 W. Tioga St., Tunkhannock, on Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m.
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.sheldonkukuchkafuneralhome.com.
Sheldon - Kukuchka Funeral Home - Tunkhannock
73 West Tioga Street
Tunkhannock, PA 18657
Published in Times Leader on May 8, 2013