Mary Jane Jolliffe Light
Mary Jane Jolliffe Light, 92, of Clearbrook, Virginia, died Thursday, January 12, 2012, in Winchester Medical Center.
Mrs. Light was born in 1919, in Frederick, Maryland, the daughter of the late John William and Lucy Jolliffe. She moved to Frederick County, VA at the age of 2 and lived here throughout her lifetime. She was a teacher with the Frederick County School System retiring after 23 years of service. Mrs. Light was a member of Clearbrook Presbyterian Church and was made an honorary life member of the Clearbrook Presbyterian Women of the Church. Mrs. Light was also a member or the Winchester Frederick County Historical Society organizing tours of homes and properties of historical interest. She also worked with the Clearbrook Fire department where she organized the annual yard party for many years.
She was the recipient of several awards from the Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society including the Nancy Beatty Melton Distinguished Service Award in 1997, the Appreciation Award in 1992, and the Stewart Bell Jr. Award for Achievement in the Field of Historical Literature in 2000. She was also awarded the Carrol Henkel Award from the Preservation of Historic Winchester in 1992, and the Shenandoah University James and Susan Steck Community Service Award in History, presented by James Davis in 2001. She also received a Resolution by the Frederick County Board of Supervisors in 1999, to recognize her as a devoted citizen of the community.
Mrs. Light was a graduate of Handley High School, Class of 1935 and Farmville State Teachers College (Longwood University) where she obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Education.
She married Huyett Glenville Light on December 1st 1942, and lived on their family farm in Clearbrook, Virginia until her death. Huyett preceded her in death on October 17, 1991.
Surviving are two daughters, Mary Morison Light of Winchester, Jane Jolliffe Light Clark and her husband, David, of Abingdon, Virginia; one son, John Huyett Light and wife, Carol, of Clearbrook, Virginia; four grandchildren, Mary Katherine Clark, Sarah Jane Clark, John Matthew Light and Emilee Tabb Light.
A funeral service will be conducted at 2:00 PM on Sunday at Clearbrook Presbyterian Church with Douglas Rinker officiating. Interment will be in Hopewell Friends Meeting House Cemetery in Clearbrook.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that if Mary Jane touched your life, a contribution be made in her honor to Clearbrook Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 56, Clearbrook, Virginia 22624 or to the Clearbrook Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 172, Clearbrook, Virginia, 22624.
The family of Mary Jane Light will always remember her as a loving mother, educator and public servant to her community. She was recognized as a true leader by her peers. We would also like to remember her lifetime friends of the community and thank her caretakers and close friends, who were so dear to her.
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