Cumberland— Mary Lou (Greise) Heavner, 81, of Cumberland, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 18, 2017, at the Allegany Health Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Born on May 31, 1935, in Cumberland, she was the daughter of the late Margaret Elizabeth (Barrett) and George F. Greise.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her former husband, Harold A. Heavner; sisters, Dorothy Ware and husband Samuel, and Betty Ware and husband Robert; brother, Fred Greise and wife Ann; sister-in-law, Veronica Greise

Mary Lou attended Saints Peter and Paul School and Ursuline Academy.   Her first job was in the Dietary Department at Sacred Heart Hospital on Decatur Street.  She was employed as a school bus driver with the Allegany County Board of Education.  She began her career driving for Eastside and Gephardt Schools in 1965.  Mary Lou took good care of all the students she transported, especially, the Kindergarten students from Northeast Elementary, and the special education students from Cash Valley School.  Mary Lou also drove students who attended the Maryland School for the Blind and Hearing Impaired on the weekends.  She especially enjoyed the bus trips she took driving Dr. Jane Dawson’s Education Classes. She retired after 37 years of dedicated service.       Mary Lou was also employed as a hall attendant in the Resident Life Office of Frostburg State University for thirteen years.

Mary Lou was a lifelong member of Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church and Our Lady of Mountains Parish.  She was a CCD teacher for twenty years and for eleven of those years, she was the Director of the Program.

Mary Lou loved being around nature.  She especially loved feeding, identifying, and watching the birds.  She could identify every species of birds and flowers.   Mary Lou had a “Green Thumb”, and she had the ability to grow anything.  Every year she planted a vegetable garden and several flower beds.  Mary Lou was proud of having her motorcycle license.  She taught her children, grandchildren, and many of her nieces and nephews how to ride a bicycle and how to drive her tractor.

Mary Lou loved being a mother and grandmother, she is survived by her children, H. Jeffrey Heavner and wife Miriam, McSherrystown, PA, Nancy L. Smith and husband Larry, Cumberland, and Mary Beth Dawson and husband Mike, LaVale; grandchildren, Dr. Jason Heavner and wife Dr. Mojdh Heavner, Joel Heavner and fiancée Nicole, Hannah Smith, Michael Dawson, and Molly Dawson.  Mary Lou is also survived by a great granddaughter, Aryana Rose Heavner, and numerous nieces and nephews; brothers, Larry Greise, Cumberland, Bernard Greise and wife Carol, LaVale; sister, Judy Roche, Cumberland.

At Mary Lou’s request, she will be cremated.  Friends will be received at the Scarpelli Funeral Home, P.A., 108 Virginia Avenue, from 4-7 P.M.    Tuesday, March 21, 2017.  The Christian Wake and funeral services will be conducted at the funeral home at 7 P.M.

The family would like to express their gratitude to the Staff of the Allegany Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for the kind considerate care they gave Mary Lou for the past three years.  They would also like to extend their thanks to Dr. Gary Wagoner, her physician for the past 40 years.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing to honor Mary Lou’s memory may do so by making contributions to the Ursuline Sisters of Kentucky, 3105 Lexington Road, Louisville, Kentucky 40206.

Condolences for the family may be left at www.ScarpelliFH.com.