|Mary Willard Pickett Bagby
Published in The Washington Post on Mar. 17, 2020
MARY BAGBY (1923 - 2020)
(1923 - 2020 Age 96)
Of Fairfax, Virginia, peacefully passed away on Tuesday, March 10, 2020.
Mary was born in Washington, DC, on November 12, 1923, the daughter of Belle T. and
Ludo C. Pickett. In DC, Mary attended Central High School (1942) where she was a
member of Alpha Chapter, Beta Mu Sorority. Subsequently, she received her degree
from Stratford Hall, Stratford College in Danville, VA. At graduation, she received the
school's highest award, the "James T. Catlin Citizenship Award."
After college, Mary joined the Department of Defense at the Pentagon, retiring in 1978
with 33 years of service. During her time with the DoD, Mary received numerous
Outstanding Performance Awards and became Chief of the Administrative Division,
Defense Telephone Service.
Mary married Richard Wallace Bagby, her husband of 50 years, on August 12, 1966, in
Fairfax, VA. They were members of the Pinecrest Community in Annandale, VA, and later
enjoyed time at Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, NC. Mary, a card lover, played Bridge quite
often and enjoyed completing crossword puzzles.
Mary is survived by daughter Linda Gail (Bagby) Koch of Lexington, NC; son-in-law
Steven Richard Jelinek; four grandchildren: Merrill (Jelinek) Ridgway, Adam Jelinek,
Tatum Jelinek, and Cody Jelinek; and two great-grandchildren, Hadley and Haden
Ridgeway, all of Northern Virginia, as well as nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband Richard, daughter Barbara Elaine (Bagby)
Jelinek, and four siblings: Fred Pickett, Frances P. Clark, Dorothy P. Porch and Margaret
"Tommie" P. Carpenter.
Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery, where she will join her husband, at a
future date to be scheduled.