Mary Jo Marley Receives an Angel Pin for being an "ANGEL" to Everyone
Mary Jo Marley has deserved an angel pin her entire life. I heard stories of her childhood. She was a tomboy who could out run every boy in her county and could "hold her ground" when her three brothers tried to "bully" her. But even in the tomboy stage of her life, she had a heart of gold.
Mary Jo is one of six children. Her father died when she was very young and all of the family had to work hard in the field. I remember Mary Jo saying that they worked hard, but they played hard too. One of the favorite sports was always baseball and Mary Jo was one of the best soft ball players around. I always love to hear the stories about her family when they were young.
Mary Jo's family knew about love. This photo on the right is a picture of Mary Jo and her 2 sisters. You see,I know Mary Jo very well. She is my "Aunt Jo", my mother's sister. This photo is Ione or "Oncie" as she was called by her family, Mary Jo, and Lora, the oldest. Mary Jo and my mother were very close and her children were and still are very dear to me and my sister. "Aunt Jo" has always been like my second mom. Her four children are like my second family. As a child I remember her home was always the "hang out" for her children's friends. When you entered her house, you could feel the love there.
Mary Jo married a wonderful man, Johnny Marley. They had 4 children, 9 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren. Their children Marilyn, Wayne, Steve, and Dena were the best cousins ever. As children, they were always so much fun. Just hanging out" at their house was a treat for me and for my sister.
The photo at the right is Marilyn Nance, Dena Marley, and Dena's twin brother Steve Marley. (They are three of my very favorite people!!!) Their brother Wayne Marley died of a heart attack in 1996. The Marley Kids love their family they would tell you that Mary Jo is the best mom in the world. She gives so much not only to all of her immediate family but also to nieces and nephews, neighbors and friends. She has always been there for all of us.
When she moved into a retirement village, I think she thought she was going to be "resting". NOT A CHANCE!!!! She is now the receptionist there and when she is not working, she is playing games and planning activities. Mary Jo is one of the strongest Christian women I know. She prays for all of us and always has an encouraging WORD to say. She loves the Lord and gives Him all the Glory for her life and her precious family.
Yes, Mary Jo is an Angel to everyone who knows her. We all owe her so much more than we could ever give. Please think of us and pray for us each time you see your angel pin. WE LOVE YOU AUNT JO.
An Angel Pin for Mary Jo Marley
The angel on the left is the Angel Pin that was created for Mary Jo Marley. The dichroic angel face makes all of our angels very unique -- just like my "Aunt Jo" -- my second mother. She prays for our family, she rejoices when we rejoice, and she hurts with us when we are hurt. She is one of the strongest Christians I know. We love you Aunt Jo.
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