Mary Hungerford Fitzsimmons

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OOLTEWAH, Tenn. - Mary Hungerford Fitzsimmons, 93, passed away peacefully on Tuesday (Aug. 7, 2018) in Ooltewah.

Mary was born in 1925, in the village of Bolivar, N.Y., to Frank and Amelia Hungerford. Mary had two sisters, Patricia Smyke (deceased) and Jerry Chadderdon.

Mary enjoyed living the small-town life in Bolivar with close family, friends and great memories. After graduating from Bolivar Central School, Mary went on to major in journalism at The Ohio State University, graduating with a BA in 1948.

She met Michael Douglas "Doug" Fitzsimmons while working in Olean, N.Y. They were married in 1953, and had three children, Tom, Pat and Mike.

The family soon made a home in Allegany, N.Y., where Mary worked at radio station WHDL, an ABC affiliate in Olean. Her morning show, complete with recipes and corresponding shopping lists at the local market, was soon the talk of the town. Later in life, the family moved to Alexandria, La., where Mary worked in the newsroom at the Alexandria Daily Town Talk.

Mary truly never met a stranger and everyone will miss her happy-go-lucky personality. She was known for her sense of humor, positive and happy outlook on life and her addiction to all things political (she ran for cityvillage board council in Allegany).

She was a voracious reader and was still reading two books a week at 93. Mary loved the water and the young family spent time on the road camping, frequently on or near the water. No one was happier in a float-tube or canoe than was Mary.

She also loved music, cooking, volunteer work (church, soup kitchens, food banks), the Metropolitan Opera, college football (especially her beloved OSU Buckeyes) and being Irish.

Mary and Doug missed the four seasons of the north, but not the cold winters, so they compromised and retired in Crossville. They remained avid campers and typically spent summers in Western New York State and winters in Florida, living out of their Airstream trailer.

Mary loved to travel and the couple participated in an Airstream caravan to see the pyramids of Mexico. In 1994, Mary, Doug and son Mike, visited Ireland, the land of their ancestors. The Hungerford sister trio also made a trip to the Emerald Isle together. Mary visited Spain with daughter Pat and attended a family reunion in Switzerland, where she and Mike took the opportunity to explore Belgium and Germany.

Mary and Doug had been married 61 years when Doug passed in October. 2014.

Mary is survived by her sister, Jerry Chadderdon of Bolivar; three children, Thomas of Dallas, Texas; Patricia (John) Ensminger of Monroe, La. and Michael of Ooltewah. She leaves behind grandchildren, Christopher Johnson of Lake Charles, La., Emily (Mac) Casteel of Monroe, Mary Ellen (Edward) Loomis of Knoxville, Tracy Ensminger of Monroe, John (Courtney) Ensminger III of Camp Pendleton, Calif.; and great-grandchildren, Elsie Mae Casteel and Albert Edward Loomis V.

Mary and Doug will be buried in the St. Mary's Cemetery, in Bolivar, after a memorial mass (date yet to be determined) at St. Mary's Catholic Church.

In lieu of flowers, and in memory of Mary's husband, charitable contributions may be made to at or call (800) 708-7644.
Published in The Olean Times Herald on Aug. 13, 2018
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