Mary Emily Passmore passed away September 5, 2018

Mary Emily Passmore, age 23, died as a result of cancer on September 5, 2018 in Houston, Texas.  Mary was born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas on November 29, 1994.

At age five, she moved to White Hall, Arkansas and was a 2013 honor graduate of White Hall High School. She was a member of Grace Episcopal Church in Pine Bluff and was actively involved in Sunday School and Vacation Bible School, both attending and later helping as a song leader. In junior high and senior high school Mary excelled both athletically and academically. She was a straight-A student and elected to the Student Council.  She was in the Gifted and Talented program and received multiple awards in English, Science, Math, Physical Education, and History. She was an All-American Stepper and choreographed a dance for the Beta Club Convention, and was yearbook co-editor and Spanish Club vice president. Mary was on the school tennis team and qualified for state all four years of high school. She attended Arkansas Girls State and was also a member of FCCLA, the skeet shooting team, and SIS (Sisters in Service). She served on the Homecoming Court, was a choir member and voted a class favorite.

Mary graduated cum laude from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee in 2017. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology and her minor was Religious Studies. She was a member of Chi Omega Sorority and did community service work in many areas, including tutoring children. Other honors included Theta Alpha Kappa, the Religious Studies Honor Society and the Beta Beta Beta Biology Society. She loved her years living in Memphis and attending Rhodes, and her close college friends will serve as pallbearers at her funeral.

Mary was accepted into the University of Arkansas School for Medical Sciences School of Pharmacy, but was unable to attend because of cancer treatments.

Her maternal grandmother, Mary Barden Copeland and paternal grandparents, Mary and Jearl Passmore preceded her in death.

Mary was a joy to be with because of her fun spirit and kindness. She is survived by her parents, Ron and Marybeth Copeland Passmore and her brother, Will Passmore.  She is also survived by her maternal grandparents, Charleen and Ed Copeland. She adored her aunt and uncle who live nearby in White Hall, Mike and Cathy Copeland Lewis, and they were like her second parents. Her paternal aunt and uncle, Janice and Joe Hren, from Niles, Michigan visited as often as possible to see their “darling niece”.  All four of Mary’s aunts and uncles were her godparents. Mary is also survived by her cousins, Josh (Jennifer) Hren and Jeremy (Liz) Hren. She is also survived by aunts, uncles and cousins in Chattanooga, Tennessee: Kristy and Patrick Lenoir and their children Jackson, Bailey and Emma, and Misty and Dr. Todd Dobson and their children Georgia and Presley. Her great-uncles and aunts are Dr. Richard Meyer (Betty, deceased) of Little Rock and Diana and Mike Barden of Virginia.

The funeral was Saturday, September 8, 2018 at Grace Episcopal Church, 4101 South Hazel Street in Pine Bluff, Arkansas.  Interment followed at Graceland Cemetery by Fuller Hale-South Funeral Services.

Memorials may be made to Grace Episcopal Church or the charity of the donor’s choice.

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