Mary Louise Loftus

Mary Louise Buswell Loftus

Sunday, April 18th, 1926 - Sunday, April 14th, 2019
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Loftus, Mary Louise, 92, passed peacefully April 14, 2019, at her home in Kilmarnock, Virginia, surrounded by her family. Her husband of 59 years, Leo Gerard Loftus preceded her in death on April 4, 2008. Also preceding her in death were parents, Lillie Mae and Samuel H. Buswell of Culver, Indiana and siblings Jack, John and Sally.

Mary is survived by her four children, Kathy Morchower (Michael) Weems, Va., Shirley Loftus-Charley (Doug) Afton Va., Terry Loftus, Laguna Niguel, Ca., John Loftus, Laguna Beach, Ca., four grandchildren, Shannon Olsen (Jeff), Kelly Loftus, Craig Charley (Marisa), Amy Charley (Andy Wright), six great-grandchildren and many loving nieces and nephews.

Mary was born in Plymouth, Indiana on April 18, 1926 and spent her childhood growing up in Culver, Indiana, the second of four children. In 1944 she went to college at Indiana University where she was extremely active in university life. She was president of the Woman’s Athletic Association (WAA), selected to Pi Lamda Theta, an education honorary, and during the spring of her junior year was inducted into Mortar Board Society for scholastic achievement. During her senior year she met her future husband, Leo, a Bostonian whom she married in 1948.

Leo joined the Navy and the family moved every 2.5 years as his stations changed. Mary was able to get a teaching position each time they moved. In all she spent 35 years as an influential, knowledgeable and respected high school physical education and health teacher. Her longest tenure was at Potomac High School in Oxon Hill, Maryland from 1967-1980. She coached girls’ basketball, gymnastics and volleyball teams.

Upon retirement Mary and Leo moved to the Kilmarnock, Va. area where she was very active in the Hills Quarter Bridge group, China Girls bridge group and the Rappahannock Garden Club. For many years Mary volunteered to teach adults in the Kilmarnock area how to read and write.

Family was everything to Mary and she enjoyed preparing crab fests during family reunions, which were playfully called 'The Loftus Olympics.' To Mary, age was just a number. She retained her sharp wit, humor and intelligence by staying active in the hobbies she loved such as overseas travel (including a trip to China in her 80's) golf, vegetable and flower gardening, knitting, reading and practicing a wide variety of creative and skillful crafts.

She did everything she wanted to do in her life. Her presence, company and crab cakes will be missed by everyone who had the privilege of knowing her.

A sincere thank you to Hospice of Virginia for their care, support and compassion.

There will be a celebration of Mary’s life on May 7, 12:00 noon at 361 Tuckahoe Drive, Kilmarnock, Va. 22482

A private burial ceremony will be held in Arlington National Cemetery where she will be laid to rest next to her husband, Leo.

In lieu of flowers, those who wish may send memorial contributions to the Animal Welfare League of the Northern Neck, P.O. Box 975, White Stone, Va 22578
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    Tuesday, May 7th, 2019 | 12:00pm
    Tuesday, May 7th, 2019 12:00pm
    361 Tuckahoe Drive Kilmarnock, VA
    Address not given
  • Interment

    Arlington National Cemetery
    Address not given
    Arlington, Virginia 22211
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Donations are being accepted for: Animal Welfare League of the Northern Neck.


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Joan Ball

Posted at 10:40am
May the God of all comfort Jehovah give the family
peace and comfort now. John 5:28,29
Wayne & Joan Ball

Posted at 08:43pm
Mrs. Loftus was my PE teacher and gymnastics coach at Potomac HS. (I am class of '76.) She was tough and exacting, but really encouraged me in gymnastics, which I continued into college. Because of her encouragement, I have kept athletics in my life. I am a life-long runner, now, and have run marathons. I appreciate that she pushed us girls to be brave and strong, even before Title IX. My condolences to her family. You will never know how many little lives she changed. Great teach, great coach.

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