Eugenie C. "Genie" Mayo

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Eugenie Church "Genie" Mayo, 78, of Eldersburg, died Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, at home.

Born Sept. 25, 1934, a native of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Henry E. and Norma R. Church.

She graduated from Chagrin Falls High School in 1952 with an interest in literature and writing. She was the editor of her high school yearbook, a member of the girls' athletic association, and a class officer. She went on to study English literature at Bucknell and Ohio Wesleyan until she met her husband of 18 years, Dr. John Mayo. They settled in Fauquier County, Va., where they raised three children.

In 1972, she began a career in advertising and marketing with The Piedmont Virginian, followed by a position as director of marketing with Arundel Communications. She moved to New England in 1976, where she worked in Greenwich, Conn., and later lived with her daughter, son-in-law and five grandchildren in the greater Boston area. In her last three years she lived in Eldersburg with her son and his family, where she was a member of Springfield Presbyterian Church.

She was a people person, making many friends wherever she went, and maintained her connections through her dedication to letter writing. She liked reading, travel, and life in the outdoors, and especially enjoyed tennis and swimming. She served as a volunteer for her library and church, as well as a local hospital.

Surviving are brother Henry N. Church, of Bishop, Calif.; children Deborah M. Swan, of Amissville, Va., Hunter M. White, of Dedham, Mass., and Robert C. Mayo, of Eldersburg; grandchildren Eamon, Christopher, Susannah, Zechariah and Peter White, Sara Swan MacWelch, Michael G. Swan, and Johnathan and Jeremy Mayo; and great-grandchildren Makayla and Colby MacWelch, and Anna and Isabel Swan.

A service to celebrate her life will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the Chapel of Warrenton Presbyterian Church, 91 Main St., Warrenton, Va.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Carroll Hospice's Dove House, 292 Stoner Ave., Westminster, MD 21157.

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Published in Carroll County Times on Jan. 8, 2013
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