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Her greatest virtue was loyalty. She radiated a positive, fun and warm spirit. Mary was compassionate, generous, lov- ing, and most of all lived a life of pure service, often subordinating her own interests for others. She gave and thought of other until her end. Mary was successful in every area of her life; in marriage, as a daughter, as mother, and as a businesswoman. She was private and quiet about much, includ- ing her faith. She was a believer and lived by example, practicing unconditional love, forgiveness, and service to family, friends and fellow mankind. Mary loved to entertain and throw a party. As a skilled enter- tainer and dexterous cook, Mary could simultaneously transition an impromptu cocktail party of 20 into a sumptuous sit-down dinner in a matter of a couple of hours. Mary was born in Cambridge, Md., Dec. 8, 1936, the younger of two children of the late Ernest R. Hall and Anna P. Hall. She was raised in her grandfather’s country store, her bassinet on the counter, and later grew up working in the store with her father, mother and older brother. Tragically, Mary lost her older brother Billy to a car accident when she was 14. She attended Bridgeville El- ementary and Bridgeville High School where she made lifelong friends. She also attended an elo- cution and finishing school as a gift from a beloved Aunt Pauline Tresnak Satterfield. She was precocious and fear- less as a child. While growing up at the age of 13, she was refused entrance to a summer dance at the beach, and returned only to throw an overripe watermelon onto the dance floor. Raised in the country store, she tended the cash register, pumped gas and cut meat and whatever else was needed. She learned people skills and communica- tion very early on which served her well as she continued hon- ing these skills lifelong. As Mary matured, she transformed into a striking natural beauty, not as much the girl next door, but an exotic look being dark complected, and was later compared to as an Eliza- beth Taylor look alike. Her beauty earned her the title of Miss Bridgeville Greenwood. Mary met Bob Stuart, who was a Delaware state policeman at the time, and the two immediately fell in love. Two weeks later the two married, became best friends and never parted company until Bob’s death in 2009 or 54 years later. As they always declared, “We became a team.” Mary and Bob’s exemplary union was blessed with four chil- dren; Larry, Betsy, Susan and Bill. Mary quickly became the pro- verbial woman behind the man. She loved, supported and cared for Bob in every manner. They laughed together, loved, social- ized and entertained so many and so often. At any given gath- ering or when just a few were present one could often catch them in a room dancing cheek to cheek absent of any music. Mary’s beauty was at the time matched only by her quick wit, boldness with the ability to speak to anyone on their level. In each case, she treated everyone the same whether a friend, fellow officer’s wife, politician or dig- nitary. In every case, she did so with zero trepidation without stammering or faltering. Mary helped Bob grow to great heights throughout his career with the state police, and other state-held executive jobs, and they attended many statewide police and political functions all over the United States. However, in one instance early on Mary, perhaps a little, over- zealous to help, soaked, washed and hand polished Bob’s am- munition before a scheduled uniform inspection. Of course, the ammo was ruined and had to be paid for personally and replaced, which was nothing compared to the ribbing Bob received for the remainder of his career by his fellow officers. Mary and Bob eventually bought the country store from her parents and Mary operated it for years, eventually relinquish- ing it to raise her children. There were tough economic times off and on in the rural area of At- lanta during her ownership of the store, and like her mother, Mary would often gift food and meats to people in need gratis saying she could not sell them due to expiration dates, which was in- tended to diminish the receiver’s Mary Stuart Continued on page 32