Mary Eloise Sargent

August 01, 1930 ‒ March 21, 2015

Ashley, Ohio
Formerly of Bandy, Virginia

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Mary Eloise Sargent, 84, of Delaware, OH and formerly of Bandy, Virginia, passed away early Saturday morning March 21, 2015 at her niece’s residence in Ashley, OH.

She was born August 1, 1930 in Bandy, Virginia to the late William Baylor Sargent and Grace Elizabeth (Vernon) Sargent.

Eloise was a 1947 graduate of Richlands High School in Virginia and she later retired from the Tazewell County, Virginia School District after decades of filling whatever was needed from bus driver, tutoring homebound students and substitute teaching. She attended the Mt. Hermon United Methodist Church in Bandy, VA and was an ordained minister with both Assemblies of God and later the Church of Gospel Ministry. She was also a member of the Bandy Volunteer Fire Department for a number of years.

She loved life and was happiest when sharing her faith and spiritual enthusiasm in word, song and deed. Described as a “Maverick from the mountains” and a “mountain evangelist”, she was sassy, savvy, never bashful and thumbed her nose at conformity and marched to a different drummer. She believed we are our brother’s keeper and in times of need it wasn’t uncommon to find Eloise rolling up her sleeves, hanging up her cane on the nearest prop and lending a helping hand in changing a neighbor’s flat tire or delivering a bag of groceries or whatever was needed. Some believe she was even born with a chain saw in one hand and a car-jack in another.

Eloise had hundreds of stories of friends she’d met and the wonderful times they’d shared. She spent her last year in Ohio and was full of glee when receiving letters from those who knew her from “back home”. Even though severely physically injured in a fall at 83 years of age, she fought back to walking, picking beans and singing “Amazing Grace” at the community street fair.

Left to cherish her memory is her sister Essie Faye Vrooman of Marion, OH; sisters-in-law Lola (Shinault) Sargent of Roanoke,VA and Wilma J. (Burnette) Sargent of Ashley, OH; 3 nieces, 5 nephews, numerous great nieces and nephews and several great-great nieces and nephews; numerous special friends including Linda Smith of Pounding Mill, VA, Janice Cottrell and Lola Walters of St. Albans, WV, and Hazel and Dave Willoughby of Uniontown, OH.

She was preceded in death by her fiancé Charlie Smith of Bandy, VA who was killed in the Korean Conflict. Charlie and Eloise had known each other from childhood and they started dating when she was 16 and they were engaged when she was 19. Eloise spoke of Charlie often and loved and quietly grieved his passing throughout her entire life. She was also preceded in death by sisters Velma J. Sargent and Gladys Marie Sargent of Bandy, VA, sister and brother-in-law Beulah and Ruel Sparks of Cedar Bluff, VA, brothers Sherman N. Sargent of Ashley, OH, Ernest Sargent of Cedar Bluff, VA and Myrl Sargent of Bandy, VA and brother and sister-in-law Lloyd and Helen Sargent of Galion, OH.

The family will receive friends on Saturday March 28 from 12:00 pm until time of funeral services at 2:00 pm at the Hurst-Scott Funeral Home, 1401 Second Street, Richlands, Virginia. Pastor Ray Justus will officiate. Burial will follow in the Greenhills Memory Gardens in Cedar Bluff, Virginia.

The family would like to extend a sincere and heartfelt thank you to Grace Hospice of Columbus, Harold Arvin RN, Chaplain Lloyd Markley, Kristin, Amy, Samantha and Renee; Arlingworth Home Care of Dublin, Hang Nguyen RN and Mimi Filipova LPN; Visiting Physicians of Westerville, Ana Moore NP, Melissa, Angie, Jennifer and Dave; River Rock Rehabilitation, Janelle and Ronda; Visiting Podiatry Dr. James Blain MD; and all other members of “Team Eloise” – Tari, Alex, Sandy, Renee, Nikki, Tammy, Audrey, Andrea, Laurie, Jenny, Amy, Kaylee, Bobbie and Cassie – nurses, STNA’s, aids and family that provided Eloise with around-the-clock loving care.

The Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center of Delaware, OH is honored to assist the family locally.

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  • May Aunt Eloise rest in peace…..she was a special lady and I’m sure she was so thankful for the loving home that Diane and Donna provided for her the last to years…….I will miss my talks with that lady ….love to all….and I’m sure Aunt Eloise is already raising cane and announcing her arrival in heaven

  • Eloise was a wonderful lady. She was a tuff cookie in her younger years, but she was wonderful. It’s good to know that she is not in pain anymore. Love you Sis and family.


  • A dear lady. A son-in-law was replacing the floor of our car bridge in the last few years and she stopped to see if she could be of help. The son-in-law was impressed. Always a kind lady. She was a fixture in the Bandy community for as long as I have lived here. She drove my husbands school bus.
    Mark and Olena Harrison of Harmon Section of Bandy.

  • She was my bus driver as a child, for several years. She was good to me and watched over me. She was quite a gal. Nothing scared her. I am blessed to have known her. Now the angels rejoice at her arrival back home. REVINA FIELDS

  • I came to know Eliouse when I married my late husband John as we were visiting down in Va. she was driving the School bus on Sinking Waters Rd. he said she had drove bus when he was in school. She would stop and visit with Jr. and Rita Whitt and always had a smile for everyone..Now it seems like we are slowly becoming the Seniors in this generation..I would wonder how it will be years from now…Memories are what we will be passing on to our Children,Grand Childern and Great Gandchildren..will we hold those close to our heart and talk of days gone by..

  • I don’t even know where to begin. Eloise has always been around! She helped her brother with his produce truck and drove the Vocational School bus afterwards. She was definitely an amazing woman.

    She always came to my Brother’s garage and have him work on her vehicles. She would tell him what she wanted done and how she wanted him to do the job. My brother first worked on her car when he was 5. He was the only one who could get under it and able to do what was needed because of his hand size. Brother worked on her vehicles from that time on – almost 45 years.

    She’d walk over to Mom and Dad’s where she always enjoyed her a bowl of pinto beans, cornbread, and onions. She always told Mom she’d be a cook in Heaven because she made the “best cornbread ever to have teeth sunk into .”

    And the knack she had in picking out produce! She’d stop somewhere and always have fresh cantaloupes, tomatoes, or watermelons in her back floor board. She’d always tell us that she could eat that by herself, because she’d get the “Spirit flowing because these were crops made by God.” She was the most giving person I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing.

    I think she was anointed by God because she was always living by “The Golden Rule.” She’d be at Mom and Dad’s and have their granddaughters singing right along with her. We’ve enjoyed her singing for as long as I can remember.

    She went to see my grandfather in the hospital just before he passed away. Poppaw was very strict in his faith and beliefs, and so was Miss Eloise! Needless to say, she prayed for Poppaw before she left and several more times before he passed.

    I loved to ride her bus to Vocational School. I never worried about the roads. She had everything under control! She didn’t tolerate misbehavior, rudeness, or, as she put it, “just bein’ plain ole mean-natured.” She never backed down from a student and she let you know real fast you were in her territory when you stepped onto her bus! I learned a lot from Miss Eloise!

    She will be greatly missed. The last time she was at our house, she’d had a “little fender bender” and wanted it plainly understood that her sister, Essie, was not to be told. I had to laugh because she had already called her sister but later found out her sister hadn’t had all the facts “just yet.” She could make you smile!

    I loved to hear her sing or listen to her minister. She spoke plainly from the Word.” I learned so much from her Biblical trachings! When I was baptized, she came to our church and sat on the front pew. I was scared and happy at the same time but Miss Eloise put me at ease. She looked at me and said: “Don’t be afraid child. God won’t let you drown and He’ll never let you down either. Just listen and He’ll direct you in the way He wants you to go.” So many years have come and gone, but I can still hear her precious voice singing her great repertoire of Gospel songs.

    Heaven is one Angel richer and the Heavenly Choir has one more song leader. Miss Eloise doesn’t need her cane anymore and she and her sweetheart have been reunited. I can only imagine what she thinks of Heaven! God has one more of His chosen home now!

    I am so thankful that her family shared Miss Eloise with the rest of us. We are so blessed to have known her and much richer for having her in our lives.

    Rest well, Miss Eloise! You’re job here is over, and your New Life has just begun! Thank you for the love, the laughs, and the music. You will always be in our hearts!

    With much love and respect,
    The Cantrell Families
    Walt, Shevlie and Lynne
    Terry, Terri, McKenna and Carrie
    And we can’t forget the furrbabies that loved you so much:
    Chi-Chi, Rebel, and Miss Daisy

    Psalms 30:11
    “For He shall turn my mourning into dancing…”

    Godspeed Miss Eloise! You can spread your angelic wings and soar like the eagles! We love an miss you our precious friend! Until we meet again on Heaven’s golden shore!

  • I was only blessed to know Aunt Eloise since she came to Ohio for her last year. I saw her too infrequently during that time, but I am looking forward to sitting with her to talk again and again in our Savior’s home. I am grateful for the “chance” to get to know her here, but far more so for the glory yet to be revealed.