Mary Jane West, 98, formerly of Grampian Boulevard, Williamsport, PA, died at 6:38 p.m. Thursday, March 17, 2022 in Seasons Hospice, Wilmington, DE. She died peacefully, on St. Patrick’s Day surrounded by her children.
She was born January 3, 1924 in Lambertville, NJ, the daughter of John R. Marley and Mary H. Heller Marley. Mary Jane lived most of her life in South Williamsport, PA, and had two younger sisters, Elizabeth Louise and Helen June. She attended South Williamsport area schools and graduated from South Williamsport High School in 1941. She was secretary of her class and was active in planning the class high school reunions for many years.
Mary Jane attended Williamsport Dickenson Seminary Junior College (now Lycoming College). She received a bachelor’s degree (Magna Cum Laude) in Business from Bucknell University and as well as a master’s degree in Business Administration in 1947.
She joined the faculty of Lycoming College in 1946 and became the acting head of the Business and Secretarial Science Department. On June 4, 1955, she married Edward J. West of Detroit, MI. She temporarily retired from teaching in 1956 to raise a family. She was an active member of St. Ann’s Roman Catholic Church.
In 1968, Mary Jane returned to teaching at the former Williamsport Area Community College (now Penn College of Technology) where her husband also taught. Over the years she taught English, Economics, and Children’s Literature. She was involved in many of the college committees and was one of several husband-and-wife teachers featured in a Sun-Gazette article in the 1970’s.
Mrs. West retired in 1987 after 19 years of teaching. She became a volunteer adult reading instructor. She loved taking care of her grandchildren and was known for making baby blocks and other needlecraft keepsakes. She was also known for her buttermilk chocolate cake which appeared at many church bake sales and family events. She was a family genealogist and an avid crossword puzzle enthusiast.
Mary Jane was predeceased by husband of 36 years Edward J. West, son Thomas M. West, sister Elizabeth Louise Watson, granddaughter Megan E. West, daughter-in-law Patricia A. West, and son-in-law Christopher A. Yates.
Mary Jane is survived by three children: Janina M. Yates of New Castle, DE, John C. West of South Williamsport, PA, and Edward Stanley West of Reedsville, PA. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren: E. Vincent Yates, USN Cmdr. Andrew S. West, Matthew Earhart, Ellen M. Yates, Eric J. Yates, Cassandra L. Crowell, Laura M. Lowmiller, Kathryn M. West, J. Patrick West, and E. M. Yates, and 5 great-grandchildren.