Lee County

Mountain Empire Community College student being laid to rest

LEE COUNTY, Va. - Mary Cole Sayers, 20, of Jonesville, VA, passed away suddenly on Monday in a motor vehicle accident.

Mary was a daughter of Mary Hines Sprinkle and Michael Sayers and was born June 8, 1993.

She was a 2011 graduate of Lee High School and would have graduated from Mountain Empire Community College this fall.

She was pursuing a degree in psychology.

She was an avid horse rider and an award winning equestrian.

She had grown up in the 4-H Program in Lee County where she had met many special friends in the Reigning Horse and Sharp Shooters Programs and the 4-H 50 Mile Ride Group. She will be remembered by those who knew and loved her for her special laugh and love for dance.

Mary was preceded in death by her grandfather, W.R. Hines and by her cousin, Max Hines.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by her grandmother, Francis P. Hines; one sister, Julia Hartley Goble and husband Jeramy; brother, John David Hartley and wife Merrilee; niece and nephew, Liam and Elyse Hartley; dear friend and cousin, Abe Kolko; and several aunts, uncles, cousins and extended family members.

The family will receive friends from 4pm until 7pm Friday, March 28, 2014 at First United Methodist Church of Jonesville.

The funeral service will follow at 7:00 p.m. with Rev. Betty Marshall officiating.

The graveside service and interment will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 29, in the Woodard Cemetery.

Everyone is asked to meet at the cemetery by 10:45 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations may be sent to the Mary Cole Sayers 4-H Horse Program Fund.

Checks may be made out to the Virginia Tech Foundation and please include "Mary Cole Sayers Fund" on the memo line.

Donations may be mailed to Barbara Martin, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (MC0402), Hutcheson Hall, Suite 216, Virginia Tech, 250 Drillfield Dr., Blacksburg, VA 24061.

Donations may also be made online at https://webapps.es.vt.edu/givingto/academic/gift.

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