Mary Lane Costello Edge
Mary Lane Costello Edge was born Dec. 20, 1959, the only child of her beloved parents, Doris and Alexander Costello. She came into this world fighting for her life, and would do so many times during her 60 years on this Earth. She fought through German measles, difficult pregnancies to bring her two daughters into this world, life-threatening kidney infections, and ultimately the diagnosis and treatment effects of combating an inoperable oligodendroglioma brain tumor. Over the last two years of her life, as the effects of chemotherapy and radiation shut down nearly every organ system, she fought for every breath and every chance to open her eyes each day. But ultimately, the Lord granted her the grace of passing peacefully from this Earth Dec. 17, 2020. She was in her home and surrounded by those who loved her so dearly.
As a child, Mary Lane was already taller than her teachers by the third grade. Growing up, she loved the Beatles, cinnamon toast, and time spent with her beloved grandparents, Jessie and Edwin Clevenger. She would later say that she always felt she had a lot to do and not a lot of time to do it. So, she worked to graduate early from Jefferson High School and began a Business Administration degree at Shepherd College the following fall. At the age of nineteen, she married Roger Edge, an athletic boy from Wheeling, who had stolen her heart. They shared their 45th straight Thanksgiving together this year, holding hands at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Early in their marriage, Mary held positions at the Bank of Charles Town and the Food and Drug Administration, but by April of 1982, she had taken on her favorite role. With the birth of Erin Elizabeth, she became a mom, a role she embodied with every part of herself. With the birth of their second daughter, Kari Leeann, in July of 1986, the family of four was set. A family that was given a gift from God to share more love and create more wonderful memories together than should ever be allowed.
In addition to flourishing as a wife and mother, Mary held many leadership positions as a member of the Order of the Eastern Star Chapter #128, Charles Town, served as an elder in the Halltown Presbyterian Church, and was honored as a Patroness Member by the Eta Tau Chapter of the music fraternity Sigma Alpha Iota. As a daughter, Mary spent many hours on the phone with her mother, Doris. They often read news articles to one another, or ended up recounting memories of friends, family, and events that only they could remember. She loved documentaries, reading biographies, and cherished the opportunities she had to travel with her daughters to London, Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, Spain, and Italy. She spent much of her life waiting outside music lessons, making costumes, and giving pep talks. But beyond that, she bandaged every wound, wiped away every tear, and could enfold you in a hug that would make the rest of the world disappear. Her laugh filled every room, and her big brown eyes had a sparkle that could not be described in words.
Mom was diagnosed with a brain tumor May 28, 2017. Life for our family changed after that day, but beauty and grace could still be found. During radiation and chemo treatments, and eventually long stays in hospitals and rehabilitation centers, music told the story of our family. Mom could hear her grandmother singing “You are my sunshine” to her in the darkest times. Memories of her father buying her the first album of “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” made her smile. And finally, the words of Ed Sheeran’s song “Perfect” told the love story of Roger and Mary. Our Dad could say to her, “he found a girl; beautiful and sweetthey were kids when they fell in love, when her heart was all he owned, and her eyes were always holding his. He found a woman, stronger than anyone they knew. They shared their dreams, shared their home, and shared a love to carry children of their own.” In the end, they were “fighting against all odds,” but he could tell her, “sugar, just hold my hand, and I’ll be your man. I know I have met an angel in person. I don’t deserve this, but you are perfect tonight.” To us, she was perfect and we will miss her every day until we can be enfolded in her arms again.
Mary Lane was preceded in death by her grandparents; Jessie and Edwin Clevenger and Ada and Edward Costello, as well as her father, Alexander Costello, whom she missed every day. She is survived by her mother, Doris Costello; her husband of 41 years, Roger Alan Edge; her two daughters, Erin Elizabeth and Kari Leeann Edge, who loved her more than anything in this world, her mother-in-law, Alice Edge, and her aunt and husband, Sharon and Charlie Symons.
As a result of the COVID Virus, there will be no funeral or services at this time, but the family looks forward to celebrating her beautiful life at a later date.
The family is thankful for every prayer that has been offered up for Mary Lane, and for all the love that has been sent their way at this time, and over the past several years.
Any condolences can be sent to the family at: P.O. Box 88, Halltown, WV 25423.
In lieu of flowers, food, or gifts of any kind, donations can be made to the National Brain Tumor Society: Oligodendroglioma Research Fund. Donations can be made online at www.braintumor.org or mailed to: National Brain Tumor Society, 55 Chapel Street, Suite 200, Newton, MA 02458.
Condolences may be expressed also at www.eackles-spencerfuneralhome.com.