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Mary O'Bryan

Mary Lera O'Bryan (Motley)

Thursday, November 23rd, 1922 - Thursday, March 14th, 2019
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Mary Motley O’Bryan, age 96, of Salem, Va. passed away on Thursday, March 14, 2019, surrounded by her family. She was born on Thursday, November 23, 1922, to the late Robert L. Motley and Mary O. Motley. Mary was a long-time employee of Roanoke Orthopedic Co. She was a member of Southern United Methodist Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest S. O’Bryan; brothers, Aubrey, Marshall, and Robert Motley.
She is survived by her daughters, Shelby J. Thomason, Linda Rogers and husband, Charles; grandson, Lee Bryan Thomason; granddaughters, Tracy White and husband, Keith and Jennifer Drawdy and husband, Clint; great-grandsons, Mason Yost, Sennett Drawdy, and Price Drawdy; great-granddaughters, Sidney Yost, Mae Drawdy, Shelby Drawdy, and Amalia Bulala Thomason; and a special family friend, Cheryl A. Harris.
A graveside service to celebrate her life will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 19, 2019, at Sherwood Memorial Park in Salem, Va. with Rev. Warren Carswell officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Mary’s honor may be given to the Good Samaritan Hospice: http://goodsamhospice.com/
The family is being served by John M. Oakey & Son Funeral Home in Salem, and online condolences may be sent to www.johnmoakey.com.
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Service Details

  • Graveside Service

    Tuesday, March 19th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Tuesday, March 19th, 2019 11:00am
    Sherwood Memorial Park
    1250 East Main Street
    Salem, Virginia 24153
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  • Interment

    Tuesday, March 19th, 2019 |
    Tuesday, March 19th, 2019
    Sherwood Memorial Park
    1250 East Main Street
    Salem, Virginia 24153
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Posted at 12:59pm
I was saddened to see Mary's passing recently. I have years of memories for her especially from Roanoke Orthopedic Appliance Co. where she worked for many years when my late husband, Frank Cregger, was an orthotist. I remember her daughters, Shelby and Linda, well. I saw Mary just recently at the beauty shop. So many memories! Susan Cregger

Margo Gualdoni

Posted at 07:52pm
Shelby, I'm sorry to hear about your loss. I hope the beautiful memories of your mom give you comfort at this time. Thinking of you.

Nancy Benson

Posted at 06:41pm
Shelby, I was so sorry to hear about the loss of your mom. You are in my thoughts. Sending you comfort and hugs.

Dawn, Greg, Norma, and George

Posted at 08:23am
With love and hugs,
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Love Eric, Shirley, Mason & Sidney

Posted at 09:43am
GiGi thank you for opening your heart to our family. You mean so much to us and will always live with us! Your smile brought happiness to everyone!
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