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405 Alleghany Street
PO Box 12
Clifton Forge, VA 24422
Phone: (540) 862-4157
Fax: (540) 862-5723
Mary Backels

Mary Backels

Monday, March 9th, 1931 - Monday, December 21st, 2020
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Mary Stevens Backels, age 89, of 1709 Ridgevue Avenue, Clifton Forge, Virginia died Monday, December 21, 2020 at The Brian Center Health and Rehabilitation Center in Low Moor following a brave six month fight as the result of a stroke on July 1.

She was born March 9, 1931 in Hillsborough, New Hampshire to the late William B. and Beatrice Card Stevens. She was a graduate of Weare (NH) High School and Concord (NH) Hospital School of Nursing. As a Registered Nurse, she worked at hospitals in Ann Arbor, MI, Long Beach, CA and Tallassee, FL.

In addition to spending time with family and friends, Mary had numerous interests including gardening, reading, travel, baking (perhaps you sampled her wares at the annual Chocolate Festival) and sports (rumor has it that she and Jack changed television services so she could watch the ACC Network).

Mary was an active volunteer in the community upon her move to Clifton Forge in 1968. The Girl Scouts, Red Cross Bloodmobile, American Cancer Society, Alleghany Highlands Arts and Crafts Center, Clifton Forge Public Library, and various committees at Central United Methodist Church were among the organizations to which she gave of herself.

Friendly, empathetic, humble and in possession of a quick, droll New England wit, she was loved by all, especially Jack – her loving husband of 67 years and best friend for almost 70 years – and by her children and grandchildren.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her brothers, Edward Holden, Walter Holden and Richard Holden and a son, Timothy William Backels.

She is survived by her husband, John Franz Backels of Clifton Forge; a son, Steve Backels and wife Kelsey of Millersville, PA; two daughters, Kristine Mary Girard and husband Bob of Earlysville, Va and Karen Louise Gioia and husband Bob of Demarest, NJ; seven grandchildren, Adam Backels, Parker Girard, Charlie Girard, Kerry Moomaw, Mitch Gioia, Trevor Gioia and Meredith Gioia; a brother, William Harrington Stevens of Nikiski, AK; and a number of nieces and nephews.

A family-only, private graveside funeral service will be held on Saturday, December 26, 2020 at 1:00 PM in Alleghany Memorial Park, Low Moor with Reverend Lynn Wright and Reverend Marion Sortore officiating. There will be no visitation. However, friends may call any time at Nicely Funeral Home. A celebration of life service will be conducted in the future.

The family suggests memorial tributes take the form of contributions to the Tim Backels Memorial Scholarship Fund @ Dabney S. Lancaster Community College, 1000 Dabney Drive, Clifton Forge, Virginia 24422.
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Rebecca Miller

Posted at 02:53pm
I am so sorry to hear of your loss; Mrs. Backels was so kind hearted and a joy to be around. God bless and comfort you all.
Becky Miller

Clare Weidman

Posted at 12:56pm
We are saddened to learn of Mrs Backels death. She was a beautiful lady who gave of herself to the community. We are keeping Jack and her family in our prayers. Clare & Patricia Weidman

Jim Oliver

Posted at 10:41am
Our community has lost a lady that always had a smile for you. A kind soul that will truly be missed.

Mary & Dave Miller

Posted at 03:10pm
Jack and family, our deepest sympathy. We always were glad to see Mary at family functions and loved her smile and her graciousness. May she rest in peace. Amen

Jennifer L Oeltjen

Posted at 01:02pm
Jack and family, may your memories of this great lady always keep her close to your hearts. She will be missed, in many capacities throughout this area.

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