Mary Bettis Fishback 1954-2019

Mary Bettis Fishback, “Mary Jane” to her family and friends, was born 18 December 1954 in Fauquier County. The daughter of Genevieve Bettis who preceded her in death, Mary Jane passed away 22 May 2019.
She graduated from Loudoun Valley High School in Purcellville VA in 1974 and was married in September 1974 to John Fishback who survives her. Mary Jane began a career in nursing in 1974 as a candy striper at Loudoun Memorial Hospital and obtained her LPN license in 1984.  She worked at the hospital for several more years; she did private duty nursing before obtaining a position at the Graydon Manor Children’s Rehabilitation Center. In 1995 she started a second career working for the town of Leesburg as a part time recreation Instructor and in 1996 started working at Thomas Balch Library where she remained until her death.  In 2012 she obtained a degree as a certified genealogist from the University of Toronto. In 2001 she was awarded the Thomas Balch Library Advisory Commission Loudoun History Award and in 2013 was awarded the Mosby Heritage Area Association Heritage Hero Award for outstanding contribution to the preservation of the Mosby Heritage area.  Mary Jane was a founding member of the Loudon Genealogy Club and a member of the Civil War Round Table.  She volunteered for several years as a docent at the George C. Marshall in Leesburg, VA.
In addition to her husband she is survived by a brother George Bettis and four half-brothers and sisters, Carl H. Hill, Patricia Hutton, James H. Stiles Jr. and Wilma Stiles and her Stepfather James H. Stiles, Sr. and numerous nieces and nephews.  S
he will be greatly missed by all those that loved and cherished her and loved and cherished history.
A celebration of her life will be held on 15 June 2019 at the Leesburg United Methodist Church in Leesburg from 5 to 6 pm with a reception to follow from 6 to 9 pm at the Thomas Balch Library in Leesburg VA.
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