Coping with Grief
We would like to offer our sincere support to anyone coping with grief. Enter your email below for our complimentary daily grief messages. Messages run for up to one year and you can stop at any time. Your email will not be used for any other purpose.
It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Ms. Mary Elizabeth Washington, 69, of Vance, South Carolina, who transitioned on Tuesday, December 19, 2023, at MUSC Health Orangeburg. The family will be receiving visitors at the residence of her brother, Mr. James White, Jr., 10446 Old Number 6 Highway, Vance, SC 29163 from 12 NOON - 9 P.M. beginning on Wednesday, December 27, 2023. Please adhere to all COVID-19 precautions and guidelines when visiting the family. Masks are not required but encouraged when visiting the funeral home.
Mary Elizabeth Washington Life Reflections
I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day; the night cometh no man can work. St. John 9:4
God looked around His garden and saw an empty space, He then looked down from Heaven and saw your tired face, He put His arms around you and said “come rest my child for you work down here has already been done.” Come take your rest my child!
Evangelist Mary Elizabeth Washington was born in Orangeburg County on April 15, 1954, to the late James and Bethel Lee White.
Mary attended the public schools of Orangeburg County School System and in 1972 graduated from Roberts High School in Holly Hill, SC. She later attended Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College. After realizing her passion for styling hair, she enrolled in cosmetology school. Upon graduating, Mary opened her own Beauty Salon. Her learning didn’t stop there, she had a desire to care for the elderly. Mary attended and graduated from Colorado Technical University with her home health aide credentials.
Mary was introduced to her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at an early age at Liberty Hill Baptist Church, where she served as a bible study leader. As her love for the Lord grew, she joined Eutawville Deliverance Center and served as an usher, choir member and Sunday school teacher. Her walk with the Lord allowed her to hear his voice and became a teacher of His gospel. Mary was ordained into the ministry as an Evangelist by the late Rev. Hinson Pooser.
Mary worked diligently as an employee of Amber Industries, Onwatch Security, WJBS 1440 AM and 96.1 FM radio stations and Orangeburg County Disabilities and Special Needs Board. This helped her develop her business skills that allowed her to become an entrepreneur, owning Pay Day Loans and Washington, LLC Trucking company.
On October 24, 1998, she married the late Bishop Robert Washington. Unto this union one child was born. Through the years, Mary has touched the lives of many people. She loved preaching the word of God and telling people about the goodness of God.
On Tuesday, December 19, 2023, at MUSC Health in Orangeburg, South Carolina, Mary transitioned peacefully from this life to answer the call from Jesus, saying. “Well done, my good and faithful servant, take your rest. She is preceded in death by her son, Robert Lee Washington, Jr., and a sister, Yvonne Maxwell. Family members left to cherish her memories are her children: Thomas Pringle, Jr., and Shanekia Pringle; her bonus sons: Jeffery Washington and Jason Washington; her loving grandchildren: Swazunique Pringle, Adrevious Willingham, Swanasia Webb, and Jonovan Webb; her great grandchildren, Andres Willingham, Asante Willingham, and Kayorri J’Keia Thompson; her siblings: Rev. Dennis (Helen) White, Rev. Larry White, Ruthie Ann (Rev. Sammie) Shuler, James White, Jr., Regina (Christopher) Bryant, and Sylvia Davis; brother-in-law: Bobby Maxwell; uncle: Rev Jessie (Margret) Jamison; her caregiver: Delois Fuller; her special little girls: Aaliyah T. Fuller, Logan S Fuller, and Lyric S. Fuller and a multitude of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends who are left sorrowful but will hold on to their shared times together.