Born: June 29, 1920
Died: December 30, 2012
Mary Hodge Fairchild, 92, passed away on December 30, 2012 in her home at Spring Arbor in Leesburg, Va. Prior to moving to Spring Arbor in 2011, she lived at Leisure World of Virginia in Lansdowne since 1998. Mary was born on June 29, 1920 in Beech Grove, Kentucky to the late Orville Hodge and Allye Osborne Hodge. She received her B.S. from Western Kentucky University in 1940. In 1946 she received a master’s degree in Library Science from Peabody College, Vanderbilt University.
During World War II, Mary served as a Navy Librarian, first at the Marine Corps Base at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina and then at the Marine Corps Air Station at El Centro, California. After the war, she worked at Kennedy Veterans’ Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. Later she worked as the Assistant Director of Library Services at the VA Regional Center in Atlanta, Georgia. She then accepted a position as reference librarian at Texas A & M University. It was there that she met her future husband, the late Homer Fairchild.
While living in New City, New York, she was an elementary school librarian at Bardonia Elementary School from 1967 until 1970. When the family moved to Bethesda, Maryland in 1971 after, spending a year in Monterey, Ca., Mary began work as school librarian at West Rockville Elementary School in Rockville, Maryland. She retired in 1982.
In retirement, Mary continued to work part-time as a substitute librarian until 1988 when her husband retired and they both moved to Advance, North Carolina. In 1998, they moved to Leisure World of Virginia where they remained until they moved to Spring Arbor in 2011.
Mary enjoyed spending her spare time reading, playing the piano and painting. Everywhere she lived, Mrs. Fairchild was an active church member, most recently at St. David’s Episcopal Church in Ashburn.
Mary is survived by her three children, Ann Starzenski (Edward), James Fairchild of Missoula, MT, and William Fairchild of Chatsworth, California; grandchildren Laura and David Starzenski of Leesburg; a number of other relatives; and her special caregiver Joan Burke. She was predeceased by her granddaughter Sara Starzenski.
The family thanks all of those who cared for her over the last few years. A visitation will be held January 4th at St. David’s Episcopal Church in Ashburn at 12:30 until time of service at 1:30. Interment will follow at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery in Leesburg. Memorial contributions may be made to Capital Caring, 209 Gibson St., NW, Leesburg, VA 20176