Mary Lee Minor, daughter of Hazel Minor was born September 4, 1944. Ms. Minor was raised and nurtured by her foster parents Mr. and Mrs. Will Gaggers. They motivated her to develop a good work ethic. She was educated in the Washington, DC public school system, her undergraduate degree in General Science was from the District of Columbia Teacher’s College, and her Master’s degree in Middle School Science from George Washington University in 2008.
Ms. Minor followed Christian teaching from an early age until her passing and was a beloved, respected leader in her church, Capital Christian Fellowship, Lanham MD where she was a long-standing member. Ms. Minor also served in the wider Church as a board member of Eastern Mennonite Missions, an international mission’s agency. She was last employed by the Archdiocese of DC where she taught middle school science and math. The joy of her career was exposing her students to the beautiful world of math and science through field trips, hands-on experiments, and demonstrations. As the director of the Cottage City Mennonite Learning Center, Ms. Minor delighted in coordinating after-school programs which included tutoring, computer training, and field trips.
Ms. Minor also enjoyed traveling all over the world including Pakistan, Bangladesh, Paraguay, Bolivia, South Africa, three times to Europe and many other countries. She was known for her keen sense of humor, down to earth temperament, and love of games like Scrabble and Words with Friends. Mary was a class act, had a sharp mind and was quick to let you know it!
Ms. Minor leaves behind an indelible mark on all who knew her and openly shared her faith while on dialysis with the hope that many people would take better care of themselves and maintain a healthier life style. She loved God, she loved her family, and she loved life. A new season began in Ms. Minor’s life when she was introduced to her biological father, Clarence E. Corbin. As only God could have planned, she established special relationships with her siblings, Ruth, Helen, Frances, and Tim that spanned many years and enjoyed her bond with her nieces.
Ms. Minor was truly grateful for the blessings of the body of Christ that nurtured and cared for her until her passing. She was called to eternal rest on April 11, 2022 and will be missed by all who knew her. Mary leaves to cherish her memory: Zachery Young (Mariana), Kareen Jelks (Kimberly), Nelson Okanya (Carmen), Cathy Shindle (Jim), godson Andrew Shindle, Anne Rivera, and Pastor Jaye Lindo. She was preceded in death by her siblings Ruth Corbin Jones, Frances Corbin Hall, and Clarence Timothy Corbin. Ms. Minor is survived by her sister, Helen Corbin White; nieces Tanya Miller, Sheila Corbin Campbell, and Rita Edwards; cousins Marie Richardson, Tehphna Richardson, Crystal Wood, and Cristina Wood along with a host of beloved relatives and friends. We are grateful to have been chosen to be part of her journey this side of heaven. We grieve at our loss but rejoice in the assurance that we will be united one day in glory!