Mary “Jeanne” Puderbaugh, 83, of Hagerstown, Md., died Saturday, May 25, 2013, at Meritus Medical Center.
Born Dec. 28, 1929, in Cumberland, Md., she was the daughter of the late Robert B. Davis Sr., and Hilda (Donahue) Davis.
Jeanne was preceded in death by her husband, Robert E. Puderbaugh Sr., in 1995.
She graduated at the age of 16 from Fort Hill High School in Cumberland, and worked there as a telephone operator. She became friends with a co-worker, whose brother, Robert Puderbaugh, would eventually become her husband. Jeanne then moved to Hagerstown in the 1950s when her husband was transferred with his job. There she raised four children and then returned to work at C&P Telephone and later retired from AT&T Co. in 1991.
Jeanne was generous with her family and friends, loved animals and had a soft spot for her precious cats.
She loved to read and write (her handwriting was very descriptive). She loved lilacs and a good bowl of potato salad. The place she loved the best was Cumberland, her hometown, where she always wanted to return to live someday.
Jeanne was a member of Funkstown Dixon-Troxell American Legion Post 211.
She was a devout Catholic and lifelong member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church.
She is survived by two daughters, Diane M. Estep of Clear Spring, Md., and Mary J. Puderbaugh of Hagerstown; one son, Michael J. Puderbaugh of Hagerstown; one sister, Teresa Twigg of Cumberland; one grandson, Dale Estep of Hagerstown; and the light of her life, great-grandson, Mike Estep.
She was preceded in death by a son, Robert Edward Puderbaugh Jr.; one sister, Bea Mattheau; and three brothers, Robert B. Davis Jr., Alec Davis and Kenneth L. Davis.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Wednesday at St. Mary Catholic Church, 224 W. Washington St., Hagerstown, with the Rev. George A. Limmer as celebrant. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery.
There will be no viewing.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Humane Society of Washington County, 13011 Maugansville Road, Hagerstown, MD 21740.
Online condolences are accepted at www.minnichfh.com.