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Dr. Mary Alice Douty Edwards, Professor Emerita of Christian Education at Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, DC was born October 26, 1913. She continued her faithful walk with God in a life filled with loving service to others until July 9, 2014 when she passed from this earth to full reunion with her Precious Lord.
She and her close friend, companion and "adopted family", Rev. Jeanne Klauda, shared a home for the last 15 years in Annapolis, Maryland where it was her wish to remain until her passing. Never once did she lose her faith, loving spirit or concern for others.
Dr. Edwards was the last surviving faculty member of the former Westminster Seminary in Western Maryland in 1957. This was followed by an invitation to join the faculty at the new Wesley Theological Seminary in 1958 where she happily served, taught and published numerous books and articles until the time of her retirement in 1983 when she was invited to accept the position of Interim Dean until the end of that year.
Dr. Edwards is also survived by two stepdaughters from her deceased husband, Dr. Phillip C. Edwards' prior marriage: Mrs. Jean E. Jackson of Davidson, N.C. and Mrs. Roberta M. Edwards of Sarasota, Florida.
On Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. the first Memorial Service will be held at:
Wesley Theological Seminary
4500 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20016
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to "Wesley Theological Seminary".
On Sunday, September 7, 2014 at 2 p.m., the second Memorial Service (with scattering and interment of ashes) will be held at:
West River Retreat and Conference Center
5100 Chalk Point Road
West River, Maryland 20778
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the "Campership" program which helps all who are in need of financial assistance to enjoy a week of Christian camping in all its outdoor glory. These contributions are to be mailed to: West River Retreat Center, P.O. Box 429, Churchton, MD 20733. Arrangements by Barranco & Sons, P.A. Severna Park Funeral Home.

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Severna Park, MD 21146
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Published in The Washington Post on Aug. 24, 2014