Mary Jane Willis


Mary Jane Willis, 60, of Charleston passed away May 24, 2019 at Select Specialty Hospital, Charleston, surrounded by her family.

She was a physician assistant for approximately 30 years serving various facilities within Kanawha County and most recently was employed by the State of WV-Division of Rehabilitation Services.

Mary was a member of the Dawes United Methodist Church where she was also a member of the choir and served as treasurer for many years. Mary enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, reading and cheering on the Mountaineers. But Mary's greatest passion was caring for her three beautiful granddaughters as she was known to say there is nothing better than being Nana to her three girls.

Preceding her in death were her parents, Homer A. Phelps and Martha Elizabeth Link Phelps.

Surviving are her husband of 40 years, Charles "Chuck" Willis; daughter and son-in-law, Cassie and Chris Cochrane of Vienna; granddaughters, Reagan, Haley and Lenna Cochrane; brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Bonnie Phelps of Dry Branch; sister and brother-in-law, Karen and Mike Gray of Belle; brother-in-law, Tom Willis of Coalburg; sister-in-law, Virginia Ivey (Eddie Grey) of Montgomery; sister-in-law, Catherine Raitt (Jeb) of Norfolk, Virginia; nieces, Amy Sowards, Pam Carroll (Brian) and Sarah Ivey; nephews, Billy Ivey (Jenny), Jimmy Ivey, Charles and Richard Raitt; great nieces, Alyssa, Mallory, Marissa, Zoie, and Sophie; great nephew, Bryson; and a host of other extended family members and friends.

The family wishes to thank the many doctors, nurses and staff who cared for Mary during her illness.

Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at the Chelyan United Methodist Church, with Pastors Carl Terrell, Sr and Scott Neal officiating. Visitation will be from 5:30 p.m. to service time Tuesday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the Rosenbaum Family House by making checks payable to WVUF/Rosenbaum Family House, 30 Family House Drive, PO Box 8228 Morgantown, WV 26506.

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