Grace Marie “Mary” Malone, passed away on Wednesday, April 14, 2021, at home with family by her side.
She was born on June 3, 1934, in Grafton, a daughter of the late Antonio and Giovanna Bianchi Gennette.
In addition to her parents she was also preceded in death by her husband of fifty-three years, Robert William Malone; brothers, Lawrence J. Gennette, Anthony A. Gennette, and Joseph P. Gennette; one sister, Laura J. Gennette, brother-in-law, Dominick Derosa, and sister-in-law, Elsie Moran Gennette,
Mary is survived by two children, a son, Robert William Malone, II and wife Marsha (Hicks) of Grafton; a daughter, Lisa Marie Malone Ford and husband, Jeffrey, of Bridgeport; three grandchildren, Bryan Scott Ford and wife Sarah Ford of Bridgeport, Andrew Robert Ford and wife Mariana Ford of Morgantown, and Jessica Marie Malone of Morgantown; four great grandchildren, Lucca and Stella Ford of Bridgeport, Juliana and Cecilia Ford of Morgantown. She is also survived by one sister, Viola Derosa of Bridgeport, as well as several nieces and nephews.
She was devoted to her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.
Mary was proud to have attended St. Augustine School from grades 1 thru 12, graduating as the valedictorian of her class. She was also the recipient of the American Legion Citizenship Award. She credits her late mother and the good sisters of Divine Providence of instilling in her a desire and love of service, which she has continued throughout her long life. Her faith, family, and community were the most important to her.
She was a graduate of Saint Mary’s Hospital School of Medical Technology.
She began her career in the 1950s, working at Grafton City Hospital. She was employed for many years in the office of the late Dr. Wallace B. Murphy. She was later employed for several years for the late Dr. Loreto Santiago.
Mary was a long-time member of St. Augustine Catholic Church where she was active in all aspects of her parish life. She and her late husband, Robert, erected the nativity scene at the church for over 25 years. She also chaired the Alter Society for well over thirty years, was a member of St. Augustine Women’s Guild, as well as, serving on the pastoral council. Mary enjoyed visiting the sick, elderly, and shut-ins in the hospital and at home as a Eucharistic Minister. She was a past president of the St. Augustine PTA and fundraiser chairperson for the St. Augustine Junior High basketball team.
During the 1950s, after the St. Augustine social center was built, she served on the social center committee.
During the 1970s, she was member of the Grafton High School band boosters and the Grafton High School All Sports Mothers Organizations where they raised funds and served dinners for the sports organizations. She also served as treasurer for the GHS Sports Mother’s Organization.
On the community level, she was a member of the Supreme Forrest Woodmen Circle and its related sorority where she held several offices, including president. The sorority made many contributions to the community needs and families most notably its annual Heart Fund and Drive.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted on Monday, April 19, 2021 at the St. Augustine Catholic Church, in Grafton, with Father Binu Sebastian as celebrant and the Knights of Columbus members serving as pall bearers. Interment will follow the Mt. Calvary Cemetery, in Grafton. Friends will be received at the Bartlett Funeral Home, 202 McGraw Ave. Grafton, on Sunday, April 18, 2021, 12:00 noon to 6:00 PM. A prayer service will be held at 5:30 PM, with proper distancing and mask required. In Lieu of flowers, the family suggests an act of kindness to someone in need or donations may be made to Knights of Columbus local, 600 N. Pike Street, Grafton, WV 26354, St. Augustine Food Pantry, 17 W. Washington Street, Grafton, WV 26354 Clarksburg league for service, “Amy’s Attic” P.0. Box 35, Clarksburg, WV 26301 or. Online condolences can be sent to the Malone family at www.bartlettfuneralhomewv.com Bartlett Funeral Home is honored to serve the Malone family.
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