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Mary Maggie Leach Scarborough

Obituary for Mary Maggie Leach Scarborough

July 21, 2021
Willow Grove, Pennsylvania


Mary Maggie Leach was born in Maxton, North Carolina on August 28th, 1928 to Mack and Eliza (Campbell) Leach. She was the seventh of eleven children.

Mary received her education in the Maxton North Carolina Public School System. From early on, Mary wanted to be a missionary, so she attended Paine College, a Chrisitian school in Augusta, Georgia. While there, she received her Bachelor's Degree, and after graduating, she moved to Washington D.C. to be close with family. She was employed at High's Ice Cream and began working as a nanny at twenty-one years old.

Mary met Willie Foster, and from that union, had two children. Upon moving to Philadelphia, she worked as a teacher at Get Set Daycare and retired from the Philadelphia Board of Education School System. She married Claude C. Scarborough, Sr. and from that union had three children.

When she was young, Mary attended St. George United Methodist Church, the family's place of worship that they attended every Sunday. Her grandfather rang the church bell. At Emmanuel Methodist Church, Mary was a Sunday school teacher. She also attended The Salvation Army, where she accepted Christ and served as the Mother's Day Club President. At Logan United Methodist Church, Mary worked as a layperson, helped in the bus ministry, and brought souls to Christ. While attending West Oak Lane Baptist Church, she worked in the kitchen and with children. At Christ Baptist Church, she sang with the Silver Keys choir, worked as a camp counselor, served as a Deaconess, and completed biblical education classes.

"Pretty Mary" loved reading her Bible and singing hymns. She could often be heard humming a tune. Her father liked making up little rhymes and songs for his children, something Mary inherited as well. She loved to travel and shop at Boscov's and Macy's, her favorite stores. When answering the phone, Mary's signature greeting was, "God bless you. I love you." Ask her how she's doing and she'd often say, "Fine and beautiful, praise God."

Mary's heart was full of love, and it was felt in every embrace.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Mack and Eliza; eight brothers and one sister, William, James, Walt, Mack, Benny, Leonard, Robert, Neil, and Louise.

She leaves to cherish her memory: one sister, Sarah Catherine; five children, Wesley (Delores), Paulette (Roy-deceased), Sydney (Renee), David (Ildefonsa), and Timothy (Kelly); five step-children, Leonard (deceased), Eleanor (deceased), Claude Jr. (deceased), Gwendolyn-Elizabeth (deceased) and John; twelve grandchildren, Tynisha, Tamisha (Damon), Laurette, Frantzer (Mously), Sheehan, Lael, Justin, Sarah Hannah (deceased), Leslie, Kayla, Kendall, and Nicolas; eight great-grandchildren, Lajaya, Aniyah (deceased), Donovan, Samir, Devon, Lauriana, Micah, and Demi. She also leaves to cherish her memory a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Relatives and friends are invited to greet her family on Thursday, July 29, 2021 from 10:00 AM until her Funeral Service at 11:00 AM at the Christ Baptist Church of Philadelphia, 1509 Church Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19141. Her interment will be held privately.

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