SILVER SPRING, Md. — Mary Murrell Persick of Silver Spring, Md., died Thursday, September 19, 2013. Mrs. Persick was born in Elizabethton, Tenn., to Trula Lowe Berry and Daniel James Berry. She married the late Francis A. Persick of Omaha, Neb.
Mrs. Persick ended a distinguished Federal civilian service career of 30 years as a paralegal with the U.S. Maritime Administration where she retired in 1987.
Mrs. Persick is survived by her children, Theresa Persick Arnold and husband, Bernd M.W. Arnold of Fairfax City, Va., and Kenneth A. Persick and wife, Rose Eva Persick of Silver Spring, Md., and Rockville, Md., respectively. Mrs. Persick was the devoted and loving grandmother to Francesca Rose Persick.
She was predeceased by a brother, Albert M. Berry; two sisters and their husbands, Pearl (Lester “LH”) Dick, and Irene (Luke) Tucker; three sisters-in-law, Kathryn Persick Haas, Martha Persick Kinsley and Roberta Persick; brother-in-law, Kyle “OK” Davis; and nephew, Jeff Berry.
She is also survived by four sisters, Minnie Kate Berry, A. Kaye Berry, Edna Berry Eitel (William W. Jr.) and Linda Berry Davis; sister-in-law, Margaret Ann Berry; brother-in-law, William T. Persick; and several nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends called at Collins Funeral Home, 500 University Boulevard, West, Silver Spring, Md., on Sunday, September 22, from 2 to 4 p.m., and on Monday, September 23, at Our Lady’s Chapel at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 520 Viers Mill Road, Rockville, Md., from 9:45 a.m. until the Mass of Christian Burial at 10:15 a.m. Interment will be at Gate of Heaven Cemetery on Tuesday, September 24, at 10:30 a.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Montgomery Hospice Society, 1355 Piccard Drive, Ste. 100, Rockville, MD 20850 or to the Employee Fund at Sunrise of Rockville, 8 Baltimore Road, Rockville, MD 20850. The family would like to thank both staffs for their care, love and attention to Mrs. Persick.
Francis J. Collins Funeral Home, Silver Spring, Md., (301) 593-9500, is in charge of arrangements.