|Service: July 17, 2020 (Friday) at 11:00 AM (Due to Covid - 19 restrictions the service will be held privately with the family but Please watch service by zoom meeting ID number)|
Location: DeVol Funeral Home, Gaithersburg, MD
Our beloved Mary Ophelia Melton Aist died peacefully on June 18, 2020 at the age of 87, with her loving husband of 64 years, George, by her side. Mary, originally from Barnesville, Georgia, was born on July 14, 1932 to Jonnie Lassiter Melton and William James Melton. Mary graduated from the Gordon Military Academy and Asbury College, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in education in 1954. She married in 1955 and had two daughters, Mary Beth and Nancy.
Mary enjoyed a teaching career that spanned her entire adult life, beginning in the Redbird Mission in Appalachia and continuing in multiple public schools in Kentucky and Maryland. She received her Master of Education degree in 1973 and her Reading Specialist certification the following year. After formal retirement, Mary continued to supervise student teachers, tutor, and as recently as last year, taught English as a second language for adults in her community. She enjoyed reminiscing with her former students, who described her as “strict but always fair.”
Mary was also a great support to George throughout his fifty-year career as a United Methodist minister where he served multiple churches throughout the Baltimore Washington conference. She had a strong faith and served in many capacities in these churches, including choir, Sunday school teaching, and participation in United Methodist Women. She loved spiritual music and could often be overheard softly humming hymns.
Mary knew no stranger and made friends instantly wherever she went. She embodied a youthful and lively spirit. She had a mischievous sense of humor and rarely left her sass out of a conversation. She was an enthusiastic shopper, always dressed with flair and loved to accessorize with bold, colorful jewelry. Although she always resisted a smile for photos, her laugh was animated and unrestrained.
Reading was one of Mary’s passions, and she was never without a book in hand. It was nearly impossible to keep up with which one she was enjoying because it would be finished in a matter of hours. This kept her memory sharp as Mary never forgot even the smallest details of any conversation and thrived through her storytelling.
Mary’s love for George was indescribable. It was rare to find her without him, but if you did she would be eagerly awaiting his return. Nothing gave her greater joy than her children and grandchildren. She loved to recount memories of their youth and was immensely proud to share their milestones. Mary lived her life fully until the end. Her warmth touched many lives and she will be deeply missed.
Mary is survived by her husband, the Reverend George Aist, daughters Mary Beth Ahearn and Nancy LaCivita (Emil), her six grandchildren, Lauren, Joseph, and Olivia Ahearn, and Taylor, Spencer, and Kyle LaCivita, as well as her sister Ramona Louise Morehouse (Max).
Memorial contributions may be made if desired to Reading Is Fundamental at 750 First Street NE, Suite 920, Washington, DC 20002, Attn: Development Department or at www.rif.org
The family welcomes any shared memories in the guestbook.
Zoom meeting ID number: 835 0515 1600
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