Cover photo for Mary E. Searles's Obituary
Mary E. Searles Profile Photo

Mary E. Searles

September 26, 1932 — August 4, 2019

Mary E. Searles

Mary E. Searles (nee Pforter) received her wings and flew home into the loving arms of God on Sunday, August 4, 2019.  She was born September 26, 1932, to Martin O. and Nellie A. Pforter. She married the love of her life, William “Bill” Searles on January 26, 1952.  They were married for over 30 years until his death.

At the age of 50, Mary went back to school and received her Associate’s Degree and was a home health aide for Family and Children’s Services for over 20 years.  She played many roles, not only as a farmer’s wife, mother, and home health aide, but she was involved with 4-H, North Lansing Fireman’s Women Auxiliary, Clown persona for the Lansing United Methodist Church youth, Director of the Lansing Food Pantry in 1994, and Activity Leader for the Oak Hill Nursing Home.  In 2007, Mary received the Distinguished Community Service Award from the Ithaca Cayuga Rotary Club.  She was a caring and loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

She was preceded by her parents, husband Bill, brother William Pforter, and eldest child and only son David.  She is survived by her daughters, Jean Thorn of Reno, NV, and Frances (William) Sampson of Lansing, NY; and daughter-of-love, Nancy Searles of Moravia, NY.  She also leaves behind six grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren:  Michelle (Matt) VanEtten and children, Mariah and Mason, of Groton, NY; Alan (Kathleen) Searles and daughter, Nora, of Charleston, WV; Michael (Eileen) Wolfe and children, Emily, Augustus and Grace, of Ashaway, RI; Stephen Wolfe and son, Brennen, of Reno, NV; William (Michelle) Sampson and children, Willy, Isabelle, Sophia and Olivia, of Le Sueur, MN; Stephanie Sampson-Magill (Maria) and children, Jackson and Katherine, of Lansing, NY.  Additionally, she is survived by an extended family and neighborhood children (young and old).

Calling hours will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, September 20, 2019, at Lansing United Methodist Church, 32 Brickyard Road, Lansing, NY 14882.  A memorial service will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 21, 2019, at the church with a reception to follow.

Please consider memorial contributions in Mary’s name to Hospicare at 172 East King Road, Ithaca, NY 14850, or Lansing United Methodist Church at the address above, or to the Lansing Food Pantry at 32 Brickyard Road, Lansing, NY 14882.

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Mary E. Searles, please visit our flower store.

Past Services

Visitation

Friday, September 20, 2019

4:00 - 7:00pm (Eastern time)

Lansing United Methodist Church

32 Brickyard Road, Lansing, NY 14882

Plant Tree

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.

Memorial Service

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Starts at 11:00am (Eastern time)

Lansing United Methodist Church

32 Brickyard Road, Lansing, NY 14882

Plant Tree

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.

Visits: 2

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the
Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Service map data © OpenStreetMap contributors

Send Flowers

Send Flowers

Plant A Tree

Plant A Tree