Mary Linda Vannoy Priestley

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.


Submitted by Diane Thompson on
Mary Linda and I shared many WONDERFUL hours riding over hill and dale on her amazing horses. We became friends and I learned how much she loved our Lord, her family, friends, fox hunting, history and her horses. Her passing will be a tremendous loss to so many. She will be greatly missed by all. Rest in peace dear friend.

Submitted by Kathy Pepper on
Our prayers and thoughts are with you. We pray God will give you comfort and help you all through this difficult time.

Submitted by The Smiths on
Our deepest condolences to the family. We are so sorry for your loss. May your loving memories of Mary help you through this difficult time. May our loving, heavenly Father, who is the God of all comfort, give you the strength and comfort that you need (2 Corinthians 1:3, Psalms 83:18). He promises us that soon, "He will wipe away every tear from their eyes and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore" (Revelation 21:3, 4). May all of His promises concerning our loved ones who have passed away give you peace.

Submitted by Aunt Letts on
Lia, I am so sorry to hear of the death of your sweet mother. We are sending hugs to you and all of your family. It must be a comfort to know she had the chance to make memories with your handsome boys!

Submitted by Adriane on
Mary Linda was a great source of comfort to me during a very stressful time in my life. She was always fun to talk to and got me on her horse, Folly despite my anxiety . She reminded me to not forget to face my fears now and again. Loved her very much and will miss her .

Submitted by Rebecca on
Grief can be so hard and painful, but our special memories  can help us to cope. I'm sorry to hear about your loss and wanted to share the Bible's hope of a resurrection at a time when there is no more sickness, pain or death right here on earth. This is the promise from our father according to Revelation 21:3,4. Sincerely Rebecca

Submitted by Judy Reed Smith on
MaryLinda and I were late entrants to Friends School and both drove from Newark. I will always treasure her quiet friendship. My love to Everett and family. Judy