Mary DeRoo

South Charleston, WV

Mary DeRoo

Mary Virginia Morgan De Roo, at the age of 88, made her swift journey to heaven on Thursday, September 12, 2019, after battling a lengthy, debilitating illness.  Mary Virginia was a loving, devoted, supportive wife and mother, a woman of strong convictions and faith, a positive force in the lives of many.

She was a passionate advocate for women and women’s rights.  She was a warm and caring helping hand for those less fortunate, always putting others before herself.

Mary V. and John were founding members of Blessed Sacrament Church.  Mary V. implemented the first Meals on Wheels Program in the State of West Virginia.  She implemented and was actively involved in many other charitable organizations throughout her life, including:  Catholic Charities, Job Corps, WICS, many local arts programs, Habitat for Humanity, Council of Churches, National Council of Catholic Women (NCCW) and its West Virginia branch to name but a few.

Mary Virginia is survived by her devoted husband of 63 years, John Louis De Roo and their children and families,  Lawrence Philip and his wife Nancy Alys (McGranahan) De Roo  and their children Meghan and her husband Adam Millat, Kevin, John, and Julianne; Mary Ellen and her husband LTC (retired) James H. Donahue, Jr., and their children Michael Darcy and his wife Nora and their children Rowan, Noah Jane and Charesa Donahue; and Diane Elizabeth and her husband Matthias Reinhard-De Roo; Mary V.’s nieces and nephews, Marylyn Kay Morgan and her family; John Philip Morgan and his family; Kenneth Lee Morgan and his family; Mary Frances Morgan and her family; and many other loving nieces and nephews and their families.

Mary V. is cherished by many special friends, including Bill and Maureen (Bunny) Crockett and their daughter Peg Nagem and family; the McGranahan Family; the Donahue Family; her Bridge Club; her Book Club; the Hanging Chads of Union Carbide; Rock Lake Village Neighbors; Northwood Road Neighbors; and the Trinity Community in BeaverCreek, Ohio.

Mary Virginia’s family who preceded her to heaven are her grandparents, Philip Asbury Morgan and Minnie Lee Garten Morgan; her mother, Alvena Morgan; her brother, John Francis “Jack” Morgan.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Mary Virginia Morgan De Roo will be held at 11:00 a.m. at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church of South Charleston on Monday, September 16, 2019 with Rev. Father John Finnell officiating.  Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Park in South Charleston.  Family and friends may visit from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 15, 2019 at the church and one hour prior to the service on Monday.

In lieu of flowers, please donate in Mary Virginia’s honor to Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church and/or Habitat for Humanity (West Virginia Branch).

Memories and condolences may be shared by visiting and selecting the obituary.

Snodgrass Funeral Home is honored to be assisting the family with arrangements.

6 replies
  1. Ed and Peggy Thompson says:

    Dear John and family,
    As long time Union Carbide work friends, we sincerely extend heartfelt love, sympathy, and prayers at this sad time. It goes without saying that you, John, and Mary have always been an inspiration to all of us for your exemplary devotion to one another. May God bless you and provide comfort in knowing there are those who care.
    Much love, Ed and Peggy Thompson

  2. Olof Scott says:

    Dear John and all the DeRoo family:
    Please know that you are in our prayers as we’ve learned of the passing into life eternal of your beloved Mary Virginia. I was blessed to know her for over 35 years and work with her, especially in the WV Council of Churches. In 2014, I was blessed to be the recipient of the award established in her name, the Mary Virginia DeRoo Ecumenical Service Award. She truly was a servant of our Lord and His Church. May the Peace of our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ grant you His comfort and sustain you at this time. In the Orthodox Christian tradition we pray, “With the saints give rest, O Christ, to the soul of Thy servant, Mary Virginia, in that place of brightness, that place of verdure, that place of repose, where there is neither sickness, nor sorrow, nor sighing, but life everlasting.”
    In Christ,
    Very Rev. Olof Scott, Dean Emeritus, St. George Orthodox Cathedral, Charleston, WV

  3. Adrienne Ann Mullen says:

    I am so sorry for your loss, I have many happy memories of being at the DeRoo home in Rock Lake Village. Mary Virginia always greeted me with open arms and made me feel so special. Your are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Adrienne Ann Mullen

  4. Enid Madaras says:

    Mary Virginia’s life sent out such beautiful ripples. I’m lucky to have been touched by them through knowing her daughter, Diane. May her soul rest, and may peace and comfort be with you. A mother’s love is forever.

  5. Glenn Walker says:

    My condolences to John and Family in the passing of such a wonderful person, Mary Deroo. I had the priviledge of working in the same building at UCC with Mary and her husband John. They were always so kind, loving and a great example of Christianty lived out in the workplace. Thank you John for all the great times and conversations you shared when you came down to the Record Center. May you find comfort in your wonderful created memories.

  6. Lee Platt says:

    John & Family,
    I know that your loss of Mary is excruciatingly difficult. I still remember her bright, pleasant personality. You are in my prayers in your grief.


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  • Sunday, September 15
  • 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Funeral Service

  • Monday, September 16
  • 11:00 AM


Monday, September 16
10:00 am to 11:00 am