Mary L. (Kelsay) Hartman, 98, of Richmond, died Thursday, January 28, at Friends Fellowship Community. She was born March 20, 1917, in Anderson, Ind., a daughter of the late Guy H. and Cassie (Wiltsie) Kelsay.
Mrs. Hartman studied at Earlham College and graduated from Drexel Institute of Technology in Philadelphia. She worked as a home extension agent in Clarion and Clearfield counties in Pennsylvania and in Fayette County, Ind.
Mrs. Hartman met her husband, Paul Hartman, during her work in Pennsylvania. They became engaged in 1942, shortly before he was drafted for WWII. During his service in Europe, she purchased a farm near Greens Fork and farmed it by herself without electricity or running water. She taught home economics and other subjects at Whitewater and Greens Fork schools. She and Mr. Hartman were married on January 13, 1946, immediately after his return from the war. In addition to raising four children, Mrs. Hartman worked in food service at Earlham College and Reid Hospital. She served as the food service director and dietitian at Richmond State Hospital for 14 years.
Mrs. Hartman was a superb seamstress, gardener, and cook. She enjoyed food preservation, reading, and British comedies on television. She was a member of Williamsburg Friends Meeting and was clerk of the meeting for 36 years.
Mrs. Hartman and her husband lived on their farm for over 65 years before relocating to Friends Fellowship Community, where she served on the first board of trustees in the 1960s. Paul and Mary Hartman celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary earlier this year.
Survivors include her husband; four children: Rachel Lapoint (husband, Justin) of Mt. Olive, N.C., Alice Hartman of Knightstown, John Hartman (wife, Paula) of Bedford, and Beth Treaster of Richmond; six grandchildren: John Lapoint of Mt. Olive, N.C., Alice Lapoint of Riverside, Calif., Sam P. Hartman (wife, Holly) of Fishers, Andrew Hartman (wife, Michelle) of Bloomington, Anna Friedman (husband, Eric) of Vacaville, Calif., and Sam J. Hartman of Columbus, Ohio; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Hartman was preceded in death by her sisters Ruth Gloor and Rachel Oesting and her brothers Nixon, Guy, and John Kelsay.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday, February 7, at 2 p.m. in the community room at Friends Fellowship Community.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Friends Service Committee (afsc.org).