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Mary Martin Prindle, 94, passed away peacefully Tuesday, November 2, 2021, at her residence at the Oaks in Beaufort, SC.   She formerly resided in The Villages, FL and Hurricane and Poca, WV.

Mary was born in Johnson City, TN on June 29, 1927.  Her family moved to West Virginia when she was 6 and settled in Eleanor, WV.  She was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years, Erwin Prindle, who died last year; mother, Nettie Hash; father, James Hash;  step-mother, Ethel Hash; her first husband and father of her children, Paul Martin, who died as a result of the Monsanto explosion in 1957;  brother, James (“Son”) Hash;  sister, Bette Scherer; and son-in-law, John Sampson.

She is survived by her daughters, Karon Sampson and Carole Smith (Lawrence); stepson, David Prindle (Anna);  brother, Robert (“Bob”) Hash; half-brothers, James and Jeff Hash (Robin); half-sister, Susan Pettit (Skip); sister-in-law, Dove Hash;  and brother-in-law, Harry George Packer (Linda).

Also surviving are her much-loved 9 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Mary was a Christian and  a member of Crossroads Community Church in Lady Lake, FL.  She was formerly a long-standing member of Poca Baptist Church, where she faithfully prepared the Sunday church bulletin for many years.

A graduate of Poca High School (class of 1944) and Charleston Business School, Mary was a bookkeeper and worked for Elvin Martin’s accounting firm, Union Carbide Tech Center Employees Federal Credit Union (now West Virginia Federal Credit Union), and Charleston Construction. She and Erwin retired to The Villages, FL in 1992, and enjoyed playing golf with their friends, eating out, their WV Club, and their church. They also volunteered at Dayspring Ministries  in Fruitland Park.

Mary’s grandmother told her, “Now Mary, I am going to live to be 100, and you can too!” Mary was fond of telling that to everyone, and it became her goal. Although she didn’t quite meet that goal,  she probably would have a funny remark to make about it. All who knew her commented on her feisty attitude and great sense of humor. The family is thankful and blessed to know that she is now at peace with her heavenly Father and those who went before her.

A service honoring Mary will be held Monday, November 8, 2021 at 2:00 pm at Beaufort National Cemetery. Burial will immediately follow the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests making donations to Gideons International or Wounded Warriors.

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  1. Sharon D LADRIERE says:

    I worked with Mary at Elvin Martin’s accounting firm. I remember when she and Erwin got married. I will always always remember her as a good person. REST IN PEACE.

  2. Jeff S Hash says:

    I have very fond memories of my FAVORITE sister Mary. She always was just great fun to be around . All of my memories of Mary and Erwin are filled with good times lots of smiles and a abundance of laughter during dinner as we often did with my mother and our father. I can remember after a dinner where my wife met my sister for the first time and after on the way home my wife saying.I LOVE YOUR Sister MARY AND HER HUSBAND ERWIN. I know i speak for everyone family and friends when i say we will never forget her.

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