Mary Ada Amick PDF Print E-mail

Mary Ada Shealy Amick, age 96, wife of the late Odis Leroy Amick, was born in Little Mountain, South Carolina, November 18, 1920, and lived in Columbia, South Carolina, before moving back to Little Mountain. She lived in Newberry, SC, at Springfield Place since 2009 and spent the past three years in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. She passed away on December 24, 2016.

Services for Mary Ada Amick will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, December 29, at Mt. Tabor Lutheran Church, 816 Mt. Tabor Road, Little Mountain, SC. Funeral arrangements are being coordinated by Poulson Van Hise (Lawrenceville) and McSwain-Evans (Newberry) Funeral Homes. Family and friends may visit her children and grandchildren just prior to the service at 9:30 a.m. in the Church Fellowship Hall.

Mary Ada was the daughter of the late William David Shealy and the late Bera Fulmer Shealy. She is survived by daughter, Brenda Riley of Lawrenceville, New Jersey, and daughter, Vivian (Andy) Howard of Concord, North Carolina; sisters Geneva Gray of Martinez, Georgia, Caroline Frick of Little Mountain and Birdie (Sam) Frick of Little Mountain. She was predeceased by her beloved brother and childhood best friend, William Ray Shealy of Little Mountain.

She is beloved grandmother to Lee (Theresa) Riley of Robbinsville, New Jersey, Alison (Mike) Riley Miller of Brunswick, Maine, Drew (Maggie) Howard of Kannapolis, North Carolina and Kathleen (Michael) Howard Poorman of Jasper, Georgia. “Granny” loved visits from her great grandchildren: Timmy, Brady, Ethan and Emily Riley; Hannah and Wren Miller and Annabelle Poorman.

She leaves behind three special friends, who during the past three years in Lawrenceville helped Brenda and Vivian with visits, games and other daily activities: Karen Henkel, Jean McGraw and Camille Lombard. She is beloved by the Grace Garden nurses and caregivers, who loved and cared for her as they would for their own mothers.

A graduate of Little Mountain High School and the Columbia Hospital School of Nursing, she was employed for a number of years as the Supervisor of the Emergency Rooms and of the Out-Patient Clinics at Columbia Hospital. She retired from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control and spent the next years traveling with Leroy and caring for her mother, Bera, and her aunt, Marie.

Mary Ada was active in St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church and later in Mt. Tabor Lutheran Church, teaching Sunday School, singing in the choir, serving in the Ladies Aid Society and the Lutheran Church Women. She was given a lifetime membership in the Women’s Auxiliary of the Lutheran Seminary. She served on various committees and was active in the Young at Heart Group. Mary Ada helped prepare countless meals throughout her membership in the churches in South Carolina.

She was an accomplished musician, playing the piano and organ for school and church events, and she was a singer. Leroy, who called her “the apple of his eye,” said that he first noticed Mary Ada as she played piano for school assemblies and fell “head over heels” in love with her. She instilled in her children the love of music. Mary Ada was a loving wife, daughter and mother and had a sweetness and quick wit that never left her, even as she struggled with Alzheimer’s. She approached the end of her life in the same manner in which she lived it, with strength, resilience, dignity, faith, grace and generosity. And, whatever trials life dealt her, she accepted them and made the best of it.

Memorials in her memory may be made to the Morris Hall Employee Appreciation Fund, 1 Bishops Drive, Lawrenceville, New Jersey 08648; the Mt. Tabor Lift Fund or Sound System Fund, 816 Mt. Tabor Road, Little Mountain, South Carolina 29075, or to the charity of choice.

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#10 Roberta 2017-01-02 08:15
Please accept my sincere condolences. I have taken comfort knowing that God . . . will wipe all tears from their eyes, and there will be no more death, suffering, crying, or pain.”—Revelation 21:3, 4 The Bible, however, holds out a much different hope. God, who started mankind off in a lovely garden, has promised to restore Paradise on this earth under the rule of His heavenly Kingdom in the hands of the now glorified Jesus Christ. ( Matthew 6:10; “ Let your kingdom come. Let your will take place, as in heaven, also upon earth” ) In that restored Paradise, the human family will have the prospect of enjoying life without end, free from all sickness and disease
#9 gc 2016-12-31 08:21
Please accept my sincere condolences to the family. May the God of all comfort give you the comfort you need to endure this difficult time (2 Corinthians 1:3,4)
#8 Terrie S Mayer 2016-12-28 23:08 of my FAVORITE LADIES in this WHOLE WORLD........ I simply loved Miss Mary Ada and Mr.Leroy.........

Such an honor to have known them for so many years...

God bless your family.

♡ Terrie Shealy Mayer
#7 Karen Frick Davis 2016-12-28 22:44
We are so sorry for your loss of Mrs. Mary Ada. She was such a sweet person. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Warren and Karen Davis
#6 Vern and Pat Amick 2016-12-27 10:12
Your Mom and Dad meant an awful lot to our family and we will surely miss them Sincere sympathies To Brenda and Vivian and their families.
#5 Linda Amick 2016-12-26 23:00
It was with much sadness to learn of Mary Ada's passing.My thoughts and prayers are with Brenda, Vivian and their families. God bless you all.
#4 Leon & Brenda Fulmer 2016-12-26 17:32
Sorry to hear about Aunt Mary Ada. Will keep you and your families in our prayers. May God bless you and keep you.
#3 Rhonda Lindler 2016-12-26 16:17
So Sorry for your loss. Sat behind Mrs. Mary Ada for years at church. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
#2 Mary Bedenbaugh 2016-12-26 09:49
Our heartfelt sympathies in your time of loss. May the Lord Bless and keep you. Aunt
Gladys Amick, Mary and Rodney Bedenbaugh
#1 Karen Winn 2016-12-24 12:59
Brenda, Vivian and family
We just heard about Ms. Mary Ada. Our heart breaks to hear of her passing. We loved her so much and have missed her being across the street. Yall are in our thoughts and prayers. Hold your memories close at heart. Pray God will comfort you and give you peace. Love, Rodger and Karen Winn