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WASHINGTON, PA: Mary E. Gosbee Sargent, 90, of Washington, Pa., died January 8, 2016. She was born on February 8, 1925, in Kingston, N.Y., a daughter of the late Albert Roy and Maude Bell Gosbee. Mrs. Sargent spent her early life in Essex, Massachusetts, graduating from Essex High School in 1942 and Salem Commercial School, Salem, Massachusetts in 1943. While in high school, Mrs. Sargent worked for Judge Robert Hill and was awarded the Good Citizen Award by the Daughters of the American Revolution.

On February 25, 1945, she married Rev. C. Clifford Sargent in the Methodist Church, Essex, where Mr. Sargent served as student pastor while attending Boston University School of Theology. Together they served churches in Western Pennsylvania, Maine and New England Southern Conferences of the Methodist Church.

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Washington, for over 47 years where she served on the Staff, Pastor, Parrish Relations Committee and was a member of the Sew & Sew Circle of United Methodist Women. She also volunteered at Washington Hospital Clergy Desk and was a weekly storyteller at a local preschool. While living in Norwich, Connecticut, Mrs. Sargent organized the first Trick or Treat for UNICEF Campaign in the City of Norwich.

Mrs. Sargent was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years; her daughter, Mary E. “Tommy” Baker; and siblings, Raymond Gosbee, Annie Glenn Gosbee and David Gosbee Burnham.

She is survived by her daughter, Karen A. Johnson of Beaver, Pa.; sons-in law, Kenneth L. Baker of Washington, Pa., and Stephen L. Johnson, of Beaver Falls, Pa.; three grandchildren, Amy Johnson (Todd) Smith, Daniel (Tiffany Poole) Baker and Heather Johnson; six great-grandchildren, Grace, Brenden and Marina Smith, Samantha Pisano, Nica and Hendrix Baker; two sisters Rosalie Tinkham, Clinton Twp., MI, and Stella R. Migliore, Dearborn, Mich.

Friends and family are invited to attend Mrs. Sargent’s Memorial Service to be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, January 23, 2016, in the First United Methodist Church, 29 North College St., Washington, PA 15301. Rev. Dr. Kenneth N. Schott will officiate. A reception and luncheon will immediately follow the service. Private interment will be in Beallsville Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions be directed to the First United Methodist Church or to the Citizens Library of Washington. Hummell & Jones Funeral Home, Inc., Washington, is assisting the family with arrangements. Messages of condolence may be left online at www.hummellandjones.com.
Published on  January 16, 2016
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