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Obituary for Mary E. Rash
Mary Emma Rash (Bray) passed away peacefully in Vacaville, Calif. on Feb. 7, after a long illness; her husband, Col. (ret.) Thomas “Woody” Rash, and daughter, Suzanne Dillman, were with her. Mary was born Feb. 18, 1927 in Clifton, Tenn., one of nine brothers and sisters. After graduating Frank Hughes High School in Clifton, she moved to Nashville, attending business college and working for WSM, Home of the Grand Old Opry. She met Woody, a WWII veteran and a Nashville native, and married in August 1947. They celebrated 64 years of marriage in 2011. Mary was the consummate Southern lady, gracious and friendly, but also strong willed and determined. As Woody's career in the United States Air Force took them around the world and across the country, she managed a family, established homes wherever they moved and steadfastly supported her husband and children. They retired in Vacaville in the mid 70’s and Mary made many friendships and spent many years as a member in the Vacaville Museum Guild and Saturday Club. She is survived by her husband, Woody, 94; a son, Thomas W. Rash, Jr. (also “Woody”) of Charleston, SC; daughter Suzanne R. Dillman of Fairfield, Calif.; a grandson, Thomas W. Rash III; five granddaughters, Amy and Carrie Rash, Cady, Lizzy and Chelby Dillman and two great grandchildren, Dylan and Kelly. She was very much loved by her family and will be dearly missed.