DAGSBORO, Del. - Mary Elizabeth Levengood, of Dagsboro, passed away at home in the care of her family on September 5, 2012. Born on August 24, 1950 in Lancaster, PA, she was the daughter of the late George and Gertrude Pierce Balser. She was a wonderful woman who dedicated herself to children. Her life was children, children, children – her own, her grandkids, and the 175 foster children she helped to raise in her career with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as a Foster Mother. She loved the beach, going out in the boat but most of all was devoted to her family. They called her "Santa's helper."
She is survived by her husband, Jesse Allen Levengood, and her own children: Laura, Tracy, Joe, Pamela, Edna, J.R., and Jessie, Jr. – as well as the many foster kids, and foster grandkids she helped raise over the years. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren of her own, and siblings: George and William "Dennis" Balser; and Sandra Wentzell, Teresa Deemer, and Marian Rebecca Ramey. She also leaves many extended family members and many, many friends.
A Memorial Service and Celebration of her life will be held at Dagsboro Church of God, on Rt. 113, Dagsboro Delaware on Saturday morning, September 8th, at 11:00 AM. Pastor Kim Tephabock will officiate. Interment arrangements are private. Electronic condolences can be submitted at Watson Funeral Home's website.