Mary Ann Edwards
March 12, 1947 - June 18, 2023

Virginia Beach- Mary Ann Edwards, born March 12, 1947, died June 18th at the age of 76. Born in Atlanta, Georgia to Eugene Arlington and Roberta Cummings Smith, she was one of seven children. Mary graduated from Norfolk Catholic High School and DePaul Nursing School where she learned to be a remarkable RN and Operating Room nurse working at DePaul Hospital and Sentara Hospitals after that. One of her most thrilling nursing assignments was with Doctors Without Borders where she spent days in the operating room on a humanitarian trip to Egypt. Mary took great pride in being a nurse and for very good reason, she was great at it.

Mary’s greatest joy came from family. She doted on and dearly loved her children, grandchildren, and extended family.  She is survived by a son, Tommy Taylor (Jennifer), a daughter, Beth Taylor; stepchildren Stephanie Dailey (Darin) and Jennifer Edwards Boyd; six grandchildren (Mason and Perry Taylor; and Cecily and Sinclaire Scheiderer) and step grandchildren (David Versprille, Ash Boyd) and 29 nieces and nephews.

Mary grew up in the Poplar Halls neighborhood in Norfolk with a large family. Her brothers and sisters, Bill Smith (Susan), Kathy MacIntosh (Norman), Peggy Davis (Ray), Bob Smith (Joi), Nancy Smith, and Trisha Smith were a constant means of support for Mary throughout her life.

Mimi will be missed. May she rest in peace.

 A celebration of her life will be held on July 8th at 1:00 PM at Saint Mary’s of the Presentation at 202 S. Broad St., Suffolk, 23434. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Doctors Without Borders.

Coastal Cremations VA is assisting her family.

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  • Mike Supan Posted June 20, 2023 7:44 am

    I offer my condolences in your time of loss. Maryanne was an angel of mercy and one of the finest human I have ever known.

  • Posted June 20, 2023 10:11 am

    Mary Ann was one of my best friends — over 60 years. To her family, she will be missed by me every day. She’s at peace — finally.

  • Claire Posted July 1, 2023 12:00 pm

    Mary Ann will be missed. I am happy for her and sad for her family. Mary Ann needed peace. Now she has found it. God bless you my friend. You are loved.

  • Mary Ann Calleran Collins Posted July 1, 2023 3:36 pm

    All of us who chatted regularly with Mary after reconnecting at our 50th NCHS reunion were so very sad when she had the terrible fall that began a cascade of health issues. She suffered greatly and I pray that she has finally found peace and contentment.

  • Ann Chatterton Klimas Posted July 1, 2023 6:47 pm

    Whenever I was down, Mary Ann was the first person to get on the phone or chat and remind me that I was gonna be OK. She had the heart and soul of a healer and we all were richer for having known her. She was just a-MAZE-ing! I will miss her greatly.

  • Tneks Posted July 2, 2023 9:52 am

    May God shine His perpetual light on Mary and give her peace and may her loving family find comfort and strength knowing that she is in the arms of Jesus for all eternity.

  • Ron and Joyce Perkins Posted July 2, 2023 1:16 pm

    Our heartfelt sympathy to you and yours at this sad time.

  • Stephanie Pigeon Posted July 2, 2023 1:31 pm

    I graduated from NCHS with MaryAnn and happily reconnected after our 50th reunion. She remained a nurse long after retiring. She was encouraging, caring, complimentary to those blessed to know her. May she rest in peace.

  • Doris S. Parker Posted July 2, 2023 2:30 pm

    Yes, Maryann will be missed. She was a great help to me when Bruce was in DePaul dying. Don’t know what I would’ve done without her at that time. I know she is with Our Lord and she is no longer in pain, both physically and mentally. May she rest in peace.

  • Jeremy Moore Posted July 3, 2023 9:46 am

    Tommy, again – so sorry for your loss. I will be in Atlanta on Saturday and will be unable to attend. I hope Saturday’s event is truly a Celebration of Life for you, your family and friends. In the interim, we will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Walter Priest Posted July 3, 2023 10:59 am

    Mary Ann was a beautiful person. When I was in graduate school at ODU in 1972, I had some issue with the Registrar. I walked into the office and there sat Mary Ann behind the desk. I knew immediately that my problem was solved. I wish our paths had crossed more often. Rest in peace, pretty lady.

  • Jackie Glinka Posted July 4, 2023 11:04 pm

    I graduated with MaryAnn from NCHS. Although I wasn’t close to her during those years, we became closer during our 50th reunion and after. MaryAnn was a faith-filled, kind, and gentle soul. My sincere condolences to her family and friends who will miss her very much, especially Sally and Claire.

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