Mary Rita Hopper Staton LEXINGTON - Mary Staton, 61, wife of Robert E. "Bob" Staton, died peacefully on Tuesday August 19, 2014 surrounded by her family. A celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday August 23, 2014 at Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church, 5503 Sunset Boulevard, Lexington, South Carolina. Reverends Dr. Jim Glatz, Blaine Hill, and Dr. John V. Griffith will officiate. The family will receive friends following the service. A private interment will be held at Woodridge Memorial Park in Lexington. Mary was born on March 23, 1953 in Athens, N.Y. According to news reports, Mary was found in an empty packing...
Mary Rita Hopper Staton
LEXINGTON - Mary Staton, 61, wife of Robert E. "Bob" Staton, died peacefully on Tuesday August 19, 2014 surrounded by her family. A celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday August 23, 2014 at Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church, 5503 Sunset Boulevard, Lexington, South Carolina. Reverends Dr. Jim Glatz, Blaine Hill, and Dr. John V. Griffith will officiate. The family will receive friends following the service. A private interment will be held at Woodridge Memorial Park in Lexington.
Mary was born on March 23, 1953 in Athens, N.Y. According to news reports, Mary was found in an empty packing box on the porch of a home in Athens. Newspapers in the area named her baby March Snookums. She was placed with foster parents and later adopted in 1954 by Rita Cridland Hopper and Emery J. Hopper. They lived in Katlenhill, Cairo, Plainville, and Tannersville, N.Y. Mary was a 1971 graduate of Hunter Tannersville Central High School and Charron Williams Business College in 1973. She moved to Columbia S.C. in 1974 and began a career with Colonial Life, retiring in 1991.
Mary devoted her life and passion to faith, family and community. She was a member of Cherokee Presbyterian Church and former member, deacon and elder at Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church. She served many years as a youth Sunday school teacher. One former student was her cardiologist at the time of death. She was active in Brunch Bunch Circle, and for the past 10 years has led a bible study group attended by women in the community. In 2013 she was awarded an Honorary Life Membership in the Presbyterian Women of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
Mary gave her time and talents to many local organizations as board member of the Midlands Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the United Way of the Midlands, the Lexington Medical Center Foundation, the Family Service Center and the Lexington County Race against Hunger. She was a member of Women in Philanthropy, Women's Heart S.C., Providence Women's Heart program, Midlands Master Gardener Association and Lexington Master Gardener Association.
To know Mary was to love her. She was an inspiration to family and others whose lives she touched. Over the past 28 years, she faced numerous health challenges with a strong faith, great courage, and optimism. She lived each day to the fullest with a positive attitude and without complaint. Her strength and perseverance were without equal. She was down to earth, warm, and engaging with others. She will be remembered for her sense of humor, kindness, generosity, and compassion. Mary was the love of Bob's life and a treasured friend to many. We will miss especially those beautiful, blue eyes.
The lake and beach were her favorite places. She didn't see the ocean this summer, but was content at home on her beloved Lake Murray. She enjoyed spending time on the porch with a cup of coffee, glass of wine, and always with a smile on her face. Her cats, Muff and Fluff, were constant companions. Mary appreciated and found happiness in the simple moments of life.
Mary loved her children and created a wonderful, blended family. In addition to Bob, her husband of 28 years, she is survived by son, Jason Cochcroft (Michelle); step children, Rob Staton, Chris Staton (Laura) of Lexington, and Lindsay Scott (George) of Anderson. Mary was a devoted and affectionate "Gomma". She found immeasurable joy in her eight, soon to be nine, grandchildren: Levi Cochcroft, granddaughter Etta Price Cochcroft (arriving October 2014), Emme Staton, Trey Staton, Alex Staton, Drew Staton, William, Ty and Candice Scott.
Over the years Mary developed special relationships with her doctors and nurses. The family would like to thank Drs. Tripp Jones, Anne Hutchinson, Chris Marshall, Stan Juk, Will Brearley, and Will Yarborough for the compassionate care they provided. Special thanks goes to Tammy Cooper of SCOA, who tenderly treated Mary during her first chemo treatment in 1986 and her last in 2014.
Mary was at peace and with her family when she went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She ran the race and fought the good fight. We now rejoice she is in her heavenly home. Moments after Mary passed away, a beautiful rainbow appeared outside the window.
In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorials in Mary's honor be made to the Staton Family Scholarship at Presbyterian College, 503 South Broad Street, Clinton, S.C. 29325