Mary Diane (Kopczynski) David
Mary Diane was born in Pennington, New Jersey on July 24, 1954. She was the eldest of 5 siblings growing up in Pennington, where she attended and graduated from Hopewell Valley Central High School in 1972.
Mary, with dreams of getting a higher education and becoming a geologist, received her bachelor’s degree in anthropology at East Carolina University in North Carolina and master’s degree in geology at State University of New York at Binghamton. After graduating, Mary traveled to “The Energy Capital of the World” - Houston, Texas, in hopes of finding a job as a female geologist in a male dominated field. It took many knocks on doors and determination but with her confidence and strong will she landed her first job with Exxon in 1979. She soon moved to Corpus Christi, Texas where she met Henry – a geologist from Houston working temporarily in Corpus Christi for Exxon in 1981.
Mary and Henry fell in love and were married on September 25, 1982 in Mary’s home town of Pennington, NJ. The couple settled down in Houston, TX in 1982 (with the exception of a short diversion to Cairo, Egypt from 1989-1992) to continue with their careers, and had three children. Mary left the oil business in 1989 and devoted the rest of her life to her family.
Throughout her 61 years, Mary enjoyed many past times and hobbies. She was an aspiring author who loved to read and write in her spare time and was a member of the Romance Writers of America (RWA), NW Houston RWA, West Houston RWA and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She also loved to go to garage sales and antique shops collecting old vintage toys. History, culture and traveling were also some favorite subjects that she was fascinated by. She had traveled to many places throughout her lifetime including: Greece, Germany, UK, Indonesia, and the most beautiful honeymoon in Bora Bora.
Mary always put others before herself. She has helped many family members, friends and other individuals throughout her lifetime and will be deeply missed by them all. She was spiritual and believed in angels being all around us and leaving little signs to show their love. Mary is still with us today and every day - just look for the “pennies from heaven”.
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7
She is survived by her husband, Henry B. David; daughter, Kirsten M. David; daughter & spouse, Hilary A. David & Jordan B. Sorrenti; son, Lucas H. David; mother, Angela G. Kopcyznski; father, Alexander R. Kopczynski; sisters, Barbara F. Naugle and Jeanette J. Ribsam; brothers, Arthur A. Kopczynski and Alexander J. Kopcyznski; and numerous nieces, nephews, friends and other loving extended family.
Funeral service is Saturday, March 5 at Klein Funeral Homes, 16131 Champion Forest Drive, Spring, TX at 2:00 pm. Interment will follow on Tuesday, March 8 at Harbourton Cemetery in Lambertville, NJ at 1:00 pm. Friends are welcome.
Local arrangements are under the direction of the M. William Murphy Funeral Home, 935 Parkway Ave., Ewing, NJ 08618.
The family has designated the “National Ovarian Cancer Coalition” for memorial contributions in Mary Diane’s name.
In addition, one of Mary’s family recipes is featured in “Her Recipes for Life” cookbook which is available on the Ovarian Cancer Action website: http://ovarian.org.uk/fundraising-and-events/her-recipes-for-life. All proceeds for the purchase of the cookbook are donated to ovarian cancer research.
Posted on 03 Mar 2016 by MFH