Mary Elizabeth McCollough Breen passed away peacefully in Hampton, Virginia on January 16, 2020, in the company of her loving family, friends, and caregivers, after a courageous struggle with chronic illness. Mary was born and raised in Chicora, PA by her beloved parents, Charles and Aleen McCollough. She graduated from Grove City College and spent a Spanish immersion semester of her senior year in Madrid with Major and Janet. She taught in Ford City, PA, Plattsburgh, NY, and Anchorage, AK, before settling in Hampton and working for many years in campus security services at Thomas Nelson Community College. She loved cruising with Charles and Lillian, reading novels and nonfiction, conversing with her family and friends, and sharing life with her dogs.
Mary was predeceased by her parents. She is survived by her brother, Major (Janet) McCollough of Lookout Mountain, TN; her nephew, Aaron McCollough (Suzanne Chapman) of Alexandria, VA, and her stepmother, Lillian McCollough of Sun City Center, FL. Mary’s longtime friends, Chief Roosevelt Hamlin, David and Tina Kincaid, and Nell Reed-Taylor made life happier and easier for her for many years. She received long and caring support in her home from Nell, Ebony Clanton, Kesha Rogers, Audrey Wooden, and Chyna Wooden.
Memorial services for Mary will be held later in Hampton and Chicora. Contributions in her memory may be made to the American Lung Association (www.lung.org: click on the donate button or mail to 55 West Wacker Drive, Suite 1150, Chicago, IL 60601) or to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 2217 Chicora Road, Chicora, PA 16025.
Cremation Society of Virginia-Newport News assisted the family with arrangements.