Mary Sue Saint

August 31, 1933 ~ February 9, 2021 (age 87)


Mary Sue Saint, 87, of Sandy Spring, Maryland, passed away in her home on Tuesday, February 9th, 2021.

Mary Sue Ragland was born on August 31, 1933 in Beaver Dam, Kentucky.  Her parents were Mr. T.L. Ragland and Mrs. Mabel Charles Porter Ragland.  Mary Sue was the sister of eight siblings:  The Rev. Terry Porter Ragland, Mr. Maurice H. Ragland, Mr. Edward L. Ragland, Miss Edith Eloise Ragland, Miss Anna Laura Ragland, Mr. Thomas M. Ragland, Mr. Kenneth N. Ragland, and Mr. John L. Ragland.

Mary Sue is a graduate of Kentucky Wesleyan College in Owensboro, Kentucky with a Bachelor of Arts in English.  On June 4, 1954, Mary Sue Ragland married Wilfred Saint, Jr. of Everett, Massachusetts.  Fred was the son of Wilfred Saint and Emmie Batten Saint.  Dr. Saint preceded his wife in death. Sue and Fred moved to Massachusetts in the summer of 1954 where she worked at several different secretarial positions on Commonwealth Avenue near Boston University.  Her first job was at the College of General Education in the Social Sciences Department.  She also worked at Morton Shoes, IBM, a car agency, and for the Dean of Women in the Office of Planning and Development.  After returning to Maryland Sue earned a Master of Library Science from the University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland and spent most of her career working for Prince Georges and Montgomery County Public Schools as a Media Specialist in elementary and middle schools.  Sue was an avid reader herself and her passion was putting books in children’s hands. 

Sue is survived by two children Doug Saint, of Montgomery Village, Maryland, and Laura (John) Hieronymus of Derwood, Maryland.  She is also survived by 4 grandchildren (Ashley Krystine Saint (Justin) Compton, David Justin Hieronymus, Elyse Colleen Hieronymus, and Claire Nicole Hieronymus) and 4 great grandchildren. Sue was foremost a loving wife and devoted mother raising her two children while passionately caring for her entire family. She was also a trusted friend and confidant to many. She lived her life in such a way that she is remembered for her kindness, her compassion, her fairness, character, benevolence, and a force for good; one who had so much respect for life and so much love for her family, that she will be deeply missed. She served her Savior and her family well. 

Where she used to be, there is a big hole in the world.

A private Celebration of Life Service will be held on Monday, February 15, 2021 at Barber Funeral Home in Laytonsville, Maryland. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Sue’s name to the American Heart Association.

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