On Sunday, September 26, 2021, Mary Lou Galpin, passed peacefully in her home at the age of 85 after a difficult battle with pancreatic cancer. Mary Lou was born on May 26, 1936 in Des Moines, Iowa to Clarence Lewis and Bruna McNamara. Mary Lou was a proud graduate of East High School in Des Moines, Iowa. She received a BA in English from Hood College and two Masters in both Liberal Arts and Counseling from Western Maryland College. She was a teacher and a counselor in the Montgomery County Public School system for over three decades before retiring in 2012. On April 18, 1955 she married Robert James Galpin and raised four children, Michael, Terry, Rob and Julie.
In her role as teacher and counselor, Mary Lou had a passion for helping students navigate a successful path through their formative high school years. Mary Lou cherished the friendships she had with work colleagues - friendships that lasted well after her retirement. As a member of Delta Kappa Gamma International, she served as President of the Sigma Chapter and was a Eucharistic Minister at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Damascus, MD.
Mary Lou was preceded in death by her husband Bob and daughter-in-law Heather Brown. She is survived by her four children, Michael and his wife Theresa, Terry, Rob and his wife Heather, and Julie - her four grandchildren, Jeremi, Carly, Tori, and Jack - her great grandchild Maddox, and several cousins, nieces and family in Des Moines, Iowa.
A visitation will be held 2 to 4 and 6-8 p.m. on Sunday, October 10th, 2021 at the Molesworth Williams Funeral Home, 26401 Ridge Road, Damascus, Maryland 20872. In lieu of flowers donations to your favorite charity.
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