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Mary Louise Willey

Mary Lou Willey, 67, of Franklinton, North Carolina, formerly of Wintersville and Richmond, died Friday, July 5, 2019 in Raleigh following a brief illness.

She was born August 16, 1951 in Steubenville, a daughter of Irene (Laposki) Rozsa and the late Gabriel Rozsa.

She is also survived by her husband, John Linville, her children: Tom Willey (Caryn), Brandi Willey Flock (Chris), and Tommy Linville (Priscilla); her grandchildren: Kylie Willey, Ashlyn Flock, Peyton Flock, and Mason Flock, all of North Carolina; her sisters and brothers: Irene Ann Moore (Dale), Patty Cornelius, Helen Grimm (Jerry), Gabe Rozsa (Ginny), Cathy Woods (Ed), Jim Rozsa (Beth), John Rozsa (Liz), Kevin Rozsa (Debbie), Lisa Poole “Charlie” (Ty Beagle); 23 nieces and nephews, 26 great nieces and nephews and 4 great-great nieces and nephews. Also surviving are special family members, Jeb Brundage (Gina) and Alicia Connelly. Mary Lou, a 1969 graduate of Steubenville Catholic Central High School and voted Homecoming Queen of her class, worked for Ohio Bell Telephone and later for Big Bear Bakery. After relocating to North Carolina in the mid 1980’s, Mary Lou worked as a CNA then owner / operator of a home health agency. After becoming a grandmother, she began working at the local grocery, Food Lion, in order to spend more time with her family, becoming a devoted caregiver for her grandchildren and child-care provider for a few other children in the area.

Mary Lou’s commitment to her Catholic faith, honoring the Ten Commandments, was evident in how she lived her life. She was caring and compassionate and was dedicated to do anything she could to help those in need. She will always be remembered for taking care of others.

Christmas was Mary Lou’s favorite time of year. A Christmas tree always shined bright in her home as she celebrated the season year-round. On any given day, she could tell you how many days remained until Christmas. If she was not listening to Christmas music, then she would certainly be listening to Elvis, as she one of his biggest fans.

Funeral Mass was celebrated in Wake Forest at Saint Catherine of Siena, Mary Lou’s parish. Locally, family and friends are invited to attend a memorial Mass celebrating her life at Holy Family Church, 2608 Hollywood Boulevard, Steubenville, on Friday, July 26 at 4 p.m. with Monsignor Gerald Calovini as celebrant.

Memorial donations may be made to Gift of Gratitude, Wake Med Foundation 3000 New Bern Ave. Raleigh, NC 27610. wakemedfoundation.org or to Catholic Central High School, 320 West View, Steubenville, OH 43952.