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Mary Virginia "Blackie" Bright

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Mrs. Mary Virginia "Blackie" Bright, age 92 years, of Jefferson City, Mo., died Friday, November 26, 2010, at St. Mary's Health Center.
Mary Virginia was born April 15, 1918, in Jefferson City, Mo., the daughter of George W. and Anna Mary Melcher Surface. She was married on June 14, 1942, in St. Charles, Mo., to John E. Bright, who preceded her in death on November 27, 1979. A lifelong resident of the Jefferson City area, Mary Virginia attended Jefferson City Public Schools. A homemaker, she had been employed with the Tweedie Footwear Factory for several years. She was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church. Mary Virginia enjoyed listening to her son's music and spending time with family. Survivors include: one son, Johnnie Dale Bright of Jefferson City, Mo.; one daughter, Beverly Sue Hedrick of Jefferson City, Mo.; two grandsons, Travis Bright Hedrick and Tyler James Hedrick, both of Kearney, Mo.; and two great- granddaughters, Kambrie Jean Hedrick and Samantha Dawn Hedrick. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; six sisters, Ada Gates, Goldie Surface, Gladys Houchin, Frances Phelps, Hazel Vache, and Anna Ruth Wiggins; and five brothers, Arthur Surface, Chester Surface, George Surface, Howard Surface, and Russell Surface. Visitation will be at Freeman Mortuary from 10:00 until 11:00 a.m., Monday, November 29, 2010. Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Monday in the Freeman Chapel with the Reverend Shane Crum officiating. Graveside services and interment will be at Riverview Cemetery. The family requests cut flowers to be placed on her grave after the service. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Freeman Mortuary. www.freemanmortuary.com

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