Mary Esperti

Mary Jane Esperti (Stevens)

Friday, November 17th, 1933 - Saturday, December 21st, 2019
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Mary Jane Esperti, 86, of Salem, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, December 21, 2019, surrounded by her loving family.

Mary Jane Graduated in 1951 from Ferruim Junior College. She was a dedicated employee of thirty-four years to the Old Dominion Athletic Conference where she served as the assistant to the commissioner. Mary Jane was a devout Christian and lived her life according to the word of God in all aspects. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Salem, where she served as secretary of the administrative board for many years. Throughout her life, she carried herself with an unconditional love not only for her Lord but for all people. She lived her life without judgment towards others and was always there for you no matter what.

She is preceded in death by her loving husband, Pat Esperti; parents, James and Lola Stevens; sister, Callie Ruth Stevens; as well as her brother, Kyle Stevens.

Left to cherish her memory, are her daughters, Patti Esperti and Terri Esperti Naff, son in law, Abe Naff; grandchildren, Chris Eanes, Jessi Naff, Casey Naff and wife, Christian; great-grandsons, Caeden Eanes, and Nolan Naff; sister, JoAnn Martin and brother in law, Richard; as well as several nephews.

A celebration of Mary Jane’s life will be held on Thursday, December 26, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. in the chapel of John M. Oakey & Son Funeral Home in Salem. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. She will be laid to rest at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens immediately following her service. Dr. Mike Houff will be officiating.

In lieu of flowers, please make charitable donations to the Alzheimer’s Association in her memory.

The family would like to thank the staff of Brookdale Roanoke, as well as Heartland Hospice for all of their loving and compassionate care and support.

We love and miss you Mom, Grandma, Mimi, you were such a blessing and inspiration to your family.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, December 26th, 2019 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Thursday, December 26th, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    John M. Oakey & Son Funeral Home Chapel
    Address Not Available
  • Celebration of Life

    Thursday, December 26th, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Thursday, December 26th, 2019 2:00pm
    John M. Oakey & Son Chapel
    305 Roanoke Boulevard
    Salem, Virginia 24153
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Rev. Dr. Michael Houff
  • Interment

    Thursday, December 26th, 2019 |
    Thursday, December 26th, 2019
    Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens
    5737 Airport Road
    Roanoke, VA 24012
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Margie Dodf

Posted at 08:09am
Terri, that video tribute is so beautiful and your Mom was a beautiful lady and now a beautiful Angel, so sorry for you and your family and my prayers are with you, love, Margie

Fayth Heath & Tom Esker

Posted at 04:13pm
Terri and Patti, I never got to know your mom, but through you and your families, I know how you were raised. She must have been very special. I’m sure God knew her well and welcomed her home.

Richard&Sindy Esperti+Family

Posted at 11:13am
Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss... Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
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Andy King

Posted at 10:01am
Patti Jo and Terri, I remember so many happy family times full of laughter with Mary Jane, your dad Pat and you girls at your home in Cherry Hill Park. She was such a beautiful, sweet-natured lady. I recall Mary Jane being so understanding at Patti Jo’s birthday party (remember the giant, long multi-colored, 6 foot balloons?) when I took a bite out of the figural soap in her bathroom that looked exactly like very tasty candy (a little soap in my mischievous mouth at five didn’t hurt me).
I’m very sorry for your loss and offer you and your family my heartfelt prayers and condolences. I’m very sorry I can’t be there with the two of you as I just drove home Thursday to Texas from Virginia. Mom and Jimmy will be attending Mary Jane’s visitation on behalf of our family. Thinking of you... much love and God Bless,
Andy King

Don Reid

Posted at 09:22am
Very sorry to hear about your Mom, will keep you in my prayers. Take care-
Donnie Reid

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