BUCKLEY MARY S. BUCKLEY

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BUCKLEY MARY S. BUCKLEY 1928 - 2012 Mary Margaret Smallpage Buckley, 84, born February 2, 1928, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Sunday, April 15, 2012. A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, she had been a resident of the Emeritus at Arlington at the time of her death. She was predeceased by her husband, E. Ross Buckley, in 1992. Her parents were Margaret Stewart Benton (nee Smallpage) and Samuel Maitland Smallpage, both natives of the Sioux City area of northwest Iowa. In 1972, Mrs. Buckley moved with her family from New Orleans to Vienna, Virginia, and lived there until 1989, during which time Mr. Buckley worked for the U.S. Department of Justice and then served as Chairman of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. Mr. Buckley also served 10 years on the Town Council of the Town of Vienna. In 1989, Mrs. Buckley and her husband moved to Las Cruces, New Mexico. She is survived by her five children, E. Ross Buckley, Jr. and his wife Lydia Williams Buckley, of Metairie, LA; Margaret B. Doll and her husband James Doll, of Waxhaw, North Carolina; John S. Buckley and his partner Michael Duffy, of Arlington, Virginia; Michael S. Buckley and his wife Vicky Newton Buckley, of Noonan, Georgia; and Brian L. Buckley, of Highland, North Carolina; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Mrs. Buckley graduated from Isidore Newman High School in New Orleans in 1945 and attended Sophie Newcomb College in New Orleans for two years prior to her marriage in 1948, whereupon she assumed the full-time job of raising her family. In Vienna, she served several terms as Treasurer of the Westbriar Civic Association and as Treasurer and Vice President of the Greater Vienna Republican Women's Club. She was a delegate to state conventions of the Republican Party of Virginia from 1973 to 1988 and was active in such campaigns as Obenshain for U.S. Senate in 1978, Ronald Reagan for President in 1976, 1980, and 1984, John Buckley's election to the Virginia House of Delegates in 1979, Frank Wolf for Congress in 1980, and Richard Viguerie for Lt. Governor in 1985. In retirement, she and her husband traveled to Europe on the QE II, returning on the Concorde. In 1990, she also realized a life-long dream of visiting Australia, where she had the chance to cuddle a new-born koala in her arms. She was a proud native of New Orleans and loved Mardi Gras, pecan pie, and all things Southern. Her favorite song was, "When the Saints Go Marching In." Now she's marching in the grand parade herself as well. Services private.

Published in The Washington Post on Apr. 22, 2012
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