Mary L. Haskins “amazingly devoted mother and grandmother”
AUSTIN, Pa.---Mary L. Haskins, 90, a lifelong resident of Austin, passed away with her loving family by her side on Thursday, June 16, 2022, in UPMC Cole, Coudersport, after a short illness.
Born on Sunday, January 10, 1932 in Austin, she was a daughter of John A. and Eloise A. Mahon Riale. On June 29, 1979, she married Aaron L. “Bernie” Haskins, who passed away on November 4, 2005.
Mary attended school in Austin. A hard worker, Mary had many jobs over the years, retiring as Postmaster in Austin. After her retirement, she worked part-time at the Austin Area School in the cafeteria. Mary never let a needy child go hungry, she paid for the lunch of any child who could not afford their meal.
Mary was a member of the Austin United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday school. She was a member and past matron of the former Mecca Chapter #217 Order of the Eastern Star in Austin and a former member of Eulalia Chapter #148 Order of the Easter Star in Coudersport, and was a past member of the Moose in Port Allegany. She was a founding member of the Republican Women’s Club in Austin. She was also a Girl Scout leader. Mary’s greatest love was her family, most especially her grandchildren. Two of her great-great-grandchildren, Skyler Burrows and Blake Burrows, took care of her for the last few years allowing Mary to stay in her home.
Surviving are two daughters, Connie E. Brundage of Port Allegany and Vicki L. (Don) Ayers of Austin; a stepdaughter, Linda Babcock of Ohio; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, Mary was predeceased by a daughter, Diane Ayers; a stepson, Laverne “Butch” Haskins; a grandson, Bill Brewer: a son-in-law, Larry Brundage; and a brother, John Riale.
Family and friends may call from 12 noon to 2pm on Monday, June 20, 2022, in the Austin United Methodist Church, Turner Street, Austin, where a celebration of life will follow at 2pm in the church with Pastor Todd Lamer, officiating. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery, Austin.
Mary’s family has entrusted her care and cremation arrangements to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.
To express condolences, light a candle, or share a fond memory of Mary, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.