Mary Linda Vannoy Priestley, 72, of New London, Pennsylvania, passed away on October 9 at Christiana Hospital after a short illness.
Mary Linda was born in Wilmington, Delaware on January 19, 1946 to Mary and Ralph Vannoy. She attended Friends School and graduated from the University of Delaware.
Mary Linda’s great interest was horses and horseback riding. She was passionate about fox hunting. She started riding horses at age 5. She was a foxhunter for almost sixty years with Ross Taylor Hunt, Patsy duPont Hunt and then the Fair Hill Hounds. She was president of the New London Area Historical Society.
Her family remembers her as loving and helpful. She was a member of St. John’s Methodist Church in Lewisville, PA. On Sundays she attended St. John’s and also Christian Life Center in New London, PA.
She is survived by her husband of forty-eight years, Everett P. Priestley, New London, PA; her son, Everett Vannoy Priestley, and daughter-in-law, Carol Priestley, of New London, PA; her daughter, Mary Amelia Priestley Walker, and son-in law, Scott Walker, and their sons, David, Tommy and James, of Bel Air, MD. Mary Linda was predeceased by her parents and by her brother, Richard Lee Dayton.
A memorial service will be held on Thursday, October 18 at Christian Life Center, New London, PA. Greeting will be at 10 A.M. and the service at 11 A.M. followed a luncheon reception. Mealey Funeral Homes is in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. John’s Methodist Church, Route 213, Lewisville, MD.