Mary Watkins McCargo, affectionately known as “Link,” the oldest daughter of the late Wesley E. and Mary E. Wooden was born on October 14, 1930, in Vienna, Virginia. She quietly transitioned from this life surrounded by her loving family on May 8, 2023, at the Reston Hospital Center, Reston, Virginia. She is preceded in death by her beloved husband, John W. McCargo, Sr. From this union, they were blessed with a son, John W. McCargo, Jr. of Charlestown, West Virginia. Mary accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as her personal Savior at an early age, and was baptized at the Cartersville Baptist Church of Vienna, Virginia where she was a faithful member. She later united with the First Mount Olive Baptist Church, Leesburg, Virginia where she served as a member of the Senior Choir and the Food Services Ministry. Mary received her education from Vienna Elementary School (later renamed Louise Archer Elementary School) in Vienna, Virginia and Jennie Dean High School in Manassas, Virginia. During her many years of dedicated employment, Mary was employed with The Madeira School, McLean, Virginia, Mark Winkler Company, Tysons Corner, Virginia, and SCOPE, Incorporated, Reston, Virginia until her retirement.
Her sister Ethel (Walter deceased) Wheeler, Alexandria, Virginia preceded her in death and her beautiful life will forever be cherished in the lives of her son: John W. (Amanda) McCargo, Jr., siblings: Thelma T. (Leonard deceased) Polk, Herndon, Virginia, John M. (Pasty deceased) Wooden, Vienna, Virginia, Wesley E. (Mary Ann deceased) Wooden, Jr., Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; her granddaughters: Kayleigh McCargo, Reanna McCargo, Shannon (DeVonte) Hairston: their Mother, Nichola McCargo, her youngest granddaughter McKinley McCargo, and great grandchildren: Emma, Serenity, Jaden and Jaxson; and a host of loving family and friends.
Mary was a very kind and loving lady, full of wisdom and grace. She gave abundantly of herself to her family. She loved the Lord and read her bible and meditated faithfully. She captured her reflections in her many journals. She enjoyed preparing meals for gatherings, sewing, handcrafting beautiful décor, and tending to her beautiful plants. Mary was so very proud of her son, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews and she cherished their visits. She and her siblings spoke daily with each other. She will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her. Thankfully we have many memories that will be cherished, and her legacy will live on our hearts forever.
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