Mary Martha Smith Bussard

013a2906-57c8-4b87-8147-f3fb2e52da0eMary Martha Smith Bussard, 93, of RD Reynoldsville, passed away April 5, 2016 at Jefferson Court.

She was born on August 17, 1922, in Reynoldsville, the daughter of the late Charles Ernest and Ruth (Williams) Smith. On August 20, 1943 she married Harvey G. Bussard, who passed away on January 9, 2006.

Mary graduated from Beechwoods High School, where she was a member of the women’s basketball team. After high school and starting a family she received a certificate of proficiency by the U.S. School of Music for Accordion.

She served as a past judge of the elections for Washington Twp for many years. She was a homemaker and music instructor for the accordion.

She was a member of Beechwoods Presbyterian Church, Women’s Association and Choir. She taught Sunday School and Bible School for many years.
Mary played the accordion and later the keyboard along with her husband, Harvey and several other members of the Keystone Ramblers and Silver Tones square dance bands. Mary and Harvey played at Tom Mix Birth place festivals, various area nursing homes and local celebrations. She enjoyed music, sewing, reading, crocheting and cooking.

She is survived by her four children: Ronald Bussard of Reynoldsville, Martha Fitzgerald of McSherrystown, PA, Janet and her husband Kenneth King of Brookville and Raymond and his wife Sherri Bussard of Nashville, TN; thirteen grandchildren: Jeff Bussard, Karen Brown, Brenda Saunders, Sharon Bussard, Janice Elder, Brian Fitzgerald, Diane Brannan, Kenneth Scott King, Michelle Burtner , Shawn King, Jason Pickering, Jeremy Pickering and Lora Pickering; twenty eight great grandchildren and seven great-great grandchildren; two sisters: Jean Taube and Lena Ruth Cooper and a brother, Raymond J. Smith.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and three brothers: Melvin Smith, Jesse Smith and Samuel Smith and four sisters: Margaret Miller, Ethlyn Wayland, Clara Miller and Ila Arlene Perrin.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, April 9, 2016 at Beechwoods Presbyterian Church with Rev. David Koehler officiating. Burial will be in Beechwoods Cemetery.

Friends will be received from 2:00-4:00pm and 6:00-8:00pm on Friday, April 8, at the Mohney-Yargar Funeral Chapel, Inc.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Beechwoods Presbyterian Church.

Online tributes can be made at www.mohney-yargerfuenral chapel.com or www.mem.com.


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