Mary Juanita Saunders Tolley, 81, of Radford, Virginia passed away peacefully in her home on Sunday, November 20, 2022 surrounded by her loving family. She was born on August 23,1941 in Amherst County to the late Wade Hampton Saunders, Sr. and Charlotte Estelle Campbell Saunders. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband, Albert Claud Tolley, Sr.; brother and sister-in-law, Wade (Bill) Hampton Saunders, Jr. (Peggy); sister, Brenda Saunders Wheeler; brother-in-law, Gary Sumner; and many other close family members who have now welcomed her home.
Here to cherish her memory include her very special and loving sisters, Martha Estelle Saunders (Tommie Massie) of Amherst, Jean Saunders Sumner of Amherst, and Teresa Saunders O’Brien (Mike) of Gladstone; daughter, Sabrina Michelle Tolley of Radford; sons, Albert (Bub) Claud Tolley, Jr. (Shirley) of Christiansburg, and Jonathan Eric Tolley (Denise) of Pulaski; 3 grandchildren, Monica Ann Tolley (Jameel) of Radford, Jonathan Wade Tolley of Radford, and Brandon Scott Tolley King of Radford; 5 great-grandchildren, Homer (CC) Oakley James IV, Damarria (DJ) Otis James, Elijah Scott King, Jonathan Hunter Tolley, and Grayson Cole Tolley; 3 step-grandchildren, Zachary Harrell (Maria) of Wilmington, N.C., Nathan Harrell of Pulaski, and Alan Faustino of Pulaski; and a very special bonus granddaughter, Infinity Harmon. She had two pets whom she adored, Vincent and Nala.
She was a longtime member of Carter Street United Methodist Church where she sang in the choir and served the Lord. After graduating from what was then named Radford College in 1961, she worked at Radford University for many years before retiring. Mary enjoyed spending time with her family, trying out new foods, traveling, watching crime shows and sports, and doing crossword puzzles. Mary will be truly missed.
I would like to give a special thank you to my village that has allowed me to keep G-ma at home and be able to work. You all have sacrificed yourself and been very selfless in her care. Thank you from the bottom of my heart CC, DJ, Jameel, and Finny.
I would also like to give a HUGE thank you to Good Samaritan Hospice for the care that we have received. Denise, Sarah, Mary Lee, and Pastor Todd, you all are truly my angels.
In lieu of flowers, I ask that donations be made to Good Samaritan Hospice in the name of Mary S. Tolley.
The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. on Monday, November 28, 2022, at the Carter Street United Methodist Church in Radford. Services will begin at 12:30 p.m. Interment will follow in the Southwest Virginia Veteran’s Cemetery in Dublin.
The Tolley family is in the care of Mullins Funeral Home & Crematory in Radford. www.mullinsfuneralhome.com