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Mary Deuell
"Mary was recognized across the Agency for her expansive knowledge of the procurement and financial systems that are used by auditors, managers, and Congress," said Tom Weih of NASA Langley's Business Management Branch. "She was an exceptional employee that always factored the human element into the decision making process. The lessons she taught will carry with me for the remainder of my career."

POQUOSON - On Friday, Oct. 29, 2010, Mary Hylton Deuell, 47, gathered her wings and went to be with her beloved Lord Jesus. She passed away in the company of her loving family, friends, and NASA co-workers at the Sentara Careplex Hospital, Hampton.

Mary was a native of Newport News and a 1981 graduate of Menchville High School. She graduated from Old Dominion University in 1986 with a B. S. degree in Business. She was employed at NASA for 25 years and touched the lives of her co-workers with her infectious laugh and wit. Mary was a member of Bethel Baptist Church in Yorktown, where she was a servant who shared her faith through incredible love and kindness for others.

Mary deeply loved her family and willingly sacrificed for them at all times. Even in her cancer, she fought to be with them as long as possible. She never gave up. She kept her family and friends strong even in her darkest times.

Mary was preceded in death by her mother-in-law, Ruth Deuell; maternal grandfather, Raymond Young; and paternal grandfather, Dalton H. Hylton. She is survived by her loving husband of 20 years, Roy "Sonny" Deuell Jr.; their two children, Zack and Emily; her parents, Dalton and Brenda Hylton of Newport News; brother, Christopher Hylton of Newport News; father-in-law, Roy Deuell Sr.; paternal grandmother, Bonnie Hylton of Floyd; maternal stepgrandmother, Marie Young of Norfolk; brother and sister-in-law, Frank and Beverly Holmes of Williamsburg; nephew, Josh Holmes; nieces, Casey and Jessica Holmes of Williamsburg and Charleigh Hylton of Newport News; and many loving aunts, uncles, and cousins.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 1, 2010, at Bethel Baptist Church Old Sanctuary, Yorktown. A Celebration of Mary's Life will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, at Bethel Baptist Church Worship Center by the Rev. Jeff Mingee. Followed by burial at Peninsula Memorial Park, Newport News. Memorial contributions may be made to Bank of America - 529 College Fund for Zack Alan Deuell and Emily Kay Deuell, Coliseum-Riverdale Branch, 2030 Coliseum Drive, Suite A, Hampton, VA 23666.

Arrangements by Claytor Rollins Funeral Home, Poquoson. Online condolences to www.claytorrollins.com. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at dailypress.com/guestbooks.

- Excerpted from the Daily Press


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