Mary Margaret (Curry) Shuttlesworth, Civic Minded Hero, dies at 74 “To know Mary is to love Mary! NOT like but Love.” Sebie Jenkins
Mary Curry Shuttlesworth, long time social worker died May 13, 2022 at her home in Grafton (Knottsville), WV. She was 74 years old and died of complications from cancer. For many years Mary worked as a Home Health Aid for Head Start. Her love of children and the poor were hallmarks of her devotion to others. “I know of no one who did not love my mother or of anyone who had an unkind word of her”, said her daughter Robin.
Mary, known as “Margey” to her Mother, was born December 20,1947 in Grafton, WV. Her mother Rosa (McCauley) Curry was a homemaker; her father James was a trackman for the B&O Railroad. Mary was a true daughter of Appalachia and was steeped in its language and customs...ever devoted to its people.
Mary met her husband Larry Jackson Shuttlesworth in 1965 and they married in 1966. Mary was shown Larry’s photograph by his sister Glenda and she fell in love in an instant, before even meeting him in person. Larry died on May 21, 2015 but Mary’s love for him never died.
Mary was one of a “rare breed” who was more willing to be a worker rather than a leader. She served in numerous organizations: past Chair of the Board of Taylor County Arts Council; Grafton Women’s Club; Walk for Women; Patch Coalition; HSTA (Health Science Technology Academy); Family Resource Network; Tygart Lake Foundation; All Aboard Grafton; Taylor County Democratic Party (A proud Christian Democrat).
Mary, was many things but above all she was a Christian! She had an obstinate faith in the LORD. Shortly before her death she said “I have trusted the Lord all my life and I will trust him until the end”, which she did, so stated her brother Ron Curry. Mary was blessed to have two church families close to her heart: Wesleyan Holiness and Grafton Baptist. She loved her pastors: Pastor Don Harward and Pastor D.J. Maley
Additionally, Mary was devoted to her two daughters: Robin Lynn Sharp and Margaret Ellen Darr, both of Grafton. She was equally devoted to son-in-law Bob Sharp and to her grandchildren: Kayla Darr Foy; Melinda Sharp Ferris; Scarlett Rose Sharp; Julie Darr; Alyssa Muller; Nathan Muller; and Christopher Muller; Clinton Sharp; and Brenton Sharp, along with numerous great grandchildren who brought her great joy.
In addition to her children Mary is survived by her favorite sister Rita Delores Sniffin of Flatwoods, WV; Paul W. Curry of Grafton; Ronald L. Curry of Princeton, MA; Sisters-in Law, Margie Curry and Lorna Shuttlesworth. Brothers-in-Law, Darrell Shuttlesworth; Terry Shuttlesworth; Martin Fuehrer and many nieces and nephews. She is survived by numerous friends, especially Judy Dillon and Linda Rager. In addition to her husband Larry, she was preceded in death by her parents, James H. and Rosa M. Curry, and brother James B. Curry and sister Catherine Spotloe.
Visitation will be at Bartlett Funeral Home on Tuesday, May 17, 2022 from 2 to 7 PM.
Funeral Services will be held at the International Mother’s Day Shrine, 11 E. Main St. in Grafton, WV on Wednesday May 18, 2022 at 12 Noon with Pastor Don Harward and Pastor DJ Maley. She will lie in repose one hour prior to the service. At the family’s request, please wear your brightest colors should you attend. She will be interred with her husband at West Virginia National Cemetery.
Memorial Donations may be made to Taylor County Arts Council, PO Box 165, Grafton, WV 26354 or Family Resource Network, 105 Beech St, Grafton, WV 26354. Online condolences can be made at www.bartlettfuneralhomewv.com. Bartlett Funeral Home is honored to serve the Shuttlesworth family.
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