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Mary Alice Dodd, 92, a woman of great strength and indomitable spirit, died peacefully at Holy Spirit Hospital on January 30, her children at her side.  Born July 21, 1921, the youngest child of William A. and Jennie (Morton) McFadden, she grew up in Chester County, Pennsylvania. She was predeceased by her beloved husband of 66 years, William H. Dodd, in 2009, and by her siblings, Carl and William McFadden and Laura M. Fulton.  


Mary was a long-time member of Allison United Methodist Church, where she served in leadership roles with the Administrative Board, the United Methodist Women, and numerous committees, including Social Concerns, Missions, Evangelism, and Staff-Parish Relations. She also was active in community groups, including the Carlisle Civic Club, the YWCA, the local chapter of Meals on Wheels, and P.E.O., a philanthropic educational organization that helps women further their educations.  


Mary was an avid gardener, bird watcher, and animal lover who reveled in "country living" and taking care of her family. While raising four children, she was a Cub Scout den mother, Girl Scout leader, president of the South Middleton Township P.T.A., member of the Carlisle High School Band Boosters, board member of The Carlisle Day Care Center, and a Braille transcriber. 


In 2001, The Dickinson School of Law Alumni Association honored Mary as "a most worthy recipient" of its Honorary Alumna Award for "her years of active service" to The Dickinson School of Law community. A strong supporter of her husband's service to the Law School and a friend to many students and alumni, she was an active member and leader of the Dickinson Law Wives for many years. 


Mary is survived by her children: William H. Dodd, Jr. and Stephen M. Dodd of Carlisle; Beverly D. Dougherty of Murrells Inlet, SC, and David R. Dodd of Pittsburgh; and by two grandchildren: Lauren E. Dodd of Palm Beach, FL and Allison M. Dodd of New York City.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, February 4, 2014, at 1:45 p.m. in the Ewing Brothers Funeral Home, 630 S. Hanover St., Carlisle, with Rev. Dr. Paul L. Herring officiating.  Private burial will follow at Cumberland Valley Memorial Gardens, Carlisle.  A visitation will be held from 1 p.m. until time of services at the funeral home.  In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Carlisle United Methodist Church, 45 S. West St, Carlisle, PA 17013.

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  Mary was a gentlewoman we greatly admired as did we her late husband unequaled Law Prof. Bill Dodd
Joan & John Maher
 Was a pleasure working for you and with you over many many years!
We will miss you! God Bess!!
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 Tim and Barb Irwin
My thoughts and prayers are with family at this time. I was a caretaker for Mary and I loved her very much! She will be missed !
Tina Hughes
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Aunt Mary may you rest in peace.
Bud and Joe McFadden and family
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Aunt Mary may you rest in peace.

Bud and Joe McFadden and family
 Mary was a wonderful woman who served her God and community for so many years and in so many ways. I was privileged to be one of her P.E.O. sisters. My condolences go out to her family.

Paula Howard
Mary was a strong yet compassionate woman who never hesitated to speak truth to power. The encouragement and support I received from her as a young law student was invaluable. She left a powerful legacy through the love she shared with her family and friends and the service she provided to Allison UMC and the law school. We have been blessed.
 Mary D. France
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Ewing Brothers Funeral Home, Inc.
Since 1853
630 S. Hanover St., Carlisle, PA 17013
Phone:  (717) 243-2421
"Five Generations of Service"
Steven A. Ewing, FD, Supervisor, Owner
William M. Ewing, FD
(1926 ~ 2009)
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(1926 ~ 2009)
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(1892 ~ 1988)
William J. Ewing, FD
(1898 ~ 1934)
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(1866 ~ 1924)
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(1831 ~ 1903)

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