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CLIFTON FORGE, VA Mary Hanson Justice, 94, of Clifton Forge VA, formerly of Princeton and Asco, experienced the ultimate healing and went to be with her Lord from Clifton Forge on Monday evening, July 24, 2017 with her loving family by her side.
Born at Asco, McDowell County, on October 26, 1922, she was born again, through the blood of Jesus Christ, in 1946. She was the youngest child of the late Harry Ward Hanson and Emma Perry Hanson. She spent most of her life in McDowell County. She, along with her late husband Harold Justice, moved to the Princeton area in 1985. In June, 2015 she moved to Clifton Forge, VA to be near her family.
She was a former member of the congregation of First Church of God, Davy, WV, where she was active in all programs of the church. Since 1985 she has been a member of the congregation of the First Church of God, 301 Mahood Avenue, Princeton where, over the years, she served on many boards and committees, including Board of Trustees, Church Council, Board of Christian Education, Food Pantry Committee, Pasto-Parish Committee, Assistant Sunday School Superintendent, Adult Sunday School principal, Recording Secretary, and as substitute teacher for the Friendship Class. She was also a former member of the Sanctuary Choir; for many years was Coordinator of the older adult ministry of the church known as the "Silver Saints", a ministry which she was instrumental in establishing, and was an active member of the Women of the Church of God (now Christian Womens Connection) where she held various offices. She also served as church secretary part time for several years. Since moving to Clifton Forge she attended Central United Methodist Church where she was a member of the Anne Lively Fellowship and the Wednesday Morning Bible Study Group.
She was also a volunteer at Allegheny Highlands Arts and Craft Center in Clifton Forge. She was a 1941 graduate of Welch High School and a graduate of McLain's Business College. She was a legal secretary in McDowell County, where she was employed for nearly twenty two years in the law office of Grover C. Goode, and later in several other law offices in Welch. She was instrumental in establishing the McDowell County Chapter of the Literacy Volunteers of America.
She also served for many years as a volunteer at Princeton Community Hospital. She was a former member of the League of Mercy, the Golden Angels, and the day circle of the Home League of the Salvation Army in Princeton. She was a former member of the Red Hat Society, and was, at the time of her death, an associate member of the United Mine Workers of America.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Harold J. Justice, one sister, Addie Hanson Rhodes, and two brothers, Joseph Hanson and Lewis Hanson, and her loving canine companion Freckles. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.
She is survived by her daughter, the love of her life, Phyllis Justice Owens, her cherished granddaughter, Dr. Michele Owens Good, and her beloved son-in-law, Donald Owens, nieces and nephews; Dr. Michael Hanson & wife Jane, Joseph Hanson& wife Mary Ann, Sue Ross & husband Leston, Faye Keaton, Phyllis Waddell, Sheila Gobel & Sarah Owens.
A service celebrating her life and home going will be held 7:00 P.M. Thursday evening, July 27, 2017 at First Church of God on Mahood Avenue in Princeton with Pastor Larry McCallister Jr. and Lynn Wright officiating.
Graveside services will be held 11:00 A.M. Friday morning at Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Princeton.
Friends may visit with the family Thursday from 6:00 P.M. until the service hour at the church. Men of the Church will serve as pallbearers.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made to the Silver Saints, c/o First Church of God, 301 Mahood Avenue, Princeton WV 24740.
Those wishing to attend graveside services are requested to meet at the Memorial Funeral Directory on the Athens Road in Princeton Friday morning by 10:30 A.M.
The Justice family is being served by the Memorial Funeral Directory & Cremation Center on the Athens Road in Princeton.
Published on July 25, 2017
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