Mary R. Despard

March 24, 1931 ~ February 25, 2022 (age 90)


Olean- Mary R. Despard, formerly of Root Street in Olean, passed away Friday (February 25, 2022) at the Cuba Memorial Skilled Nursing Facility.

Born March 24, 1931, in Olean, she was the daughter of the late, Michael and Bridget Dougherty Bearfield.

Mary was a graduate of Olean High School and worked for the Rehabilitation Center (now Intandem) for 25 years, before retiring. She enjoyed bowling, playing scabble, and crossword puzzles.

Surviving are three sons; Kenneth (Diane) Despard of Olean, Tom (Vanessa) Despard of Virginia Beach, VA., and Terry (Cindy) Despard of Spartanburg, SC; four grandchildren, Louis Ann Payne, Maxwell Alan Despard, Derek Lee Despard, and Phillip Craig Despard; three great-grandchildren; three siblings, George (Nancy) Bearfield, Jack (Judy) Bearfield, and Kay (Glenn) Cooper; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by; three sisters, Betty Huntington, Patricia Olkosky, and Sally Swetland.

Family will receive friends on Tuesday (March 1, 2022) at 10am at the Guenther Funeral Home, Inc. 1303 E. State Street, Olean. Burial will follow at 11am in St. Bonaventure Cemetery, Allegany.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to Intandem, 1439 Buffalo Street, Olean, NY 14760.

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March 1, 2022

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