Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Wirth


Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Wirth, 91, wife of the late Jay Stanley Wirth and a resident of Greenbush, passed away peacefully and surrounded by her loving family Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, at Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital in Onancock.

Born Sept. 25, 1927, in Berwick, Pa., she was a daughter of the late Lloyd Cocklin and the late Margaret Myers Cocklin. Mrs. Wirth began her career as a registered nurse in Philadelphia, later as a school nurse in New Jersey, and lastly as a school nurse with the Accomack County Public School System, from where she retired. She was a member of St. Thomas United Methodist Church, in Clam, and active in the United Methodist Women. Mrs. Wirth was a longtime member of the former Parksley Chapter #166 O.E.S., Temperanceville Chapter #88 O.E.S., served three terms as Worthy Matron, and was awarded her 50-year O.E.S. membership pin. She was an avid gardener, enjoyed reading, and spent many quality hours helping take care of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include her two sons, Donald Jay Wirth, of Greenbush, and Lee Jay Wirth and his wife, Beverly, of Onancock; a sister, Nancy C. Hull, of Rockville, Md.; five grandsons, Donald Jay Wirth Jr. and his wife, Kristina, Daniel Lee Wirth, Nicholas Lee Wirth, Adam Lee Wirth, and Marshall Lee Wirth; two great-grandchildren, Briana and Gemma Wirth; and several nieces, nephews, and their families. In addition to her husband and parents, she was predeceased by two brothers, Robert and Richard Cocklin.

Funeral services were conducted from the chapel of the Williams-Onancock Funeral Home, Feb. 28, 2019, including an Eastern Star service.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.

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Arrangements were made by the Williams-Onancock Funeral Home.