Aura B. McCusker

Aura B. McCusker


Aura Blanche McCusker, age 89, of Hancock, Md., passed away on Monday, April 8, 2019 at her home.

Born September 28, 1929, in Amaranth, Pa., she was the daughter of the late George E. and Katherine B. (Carnell) Ward; and the widow of Robert C. McCusker, who passed away on February 7, 2011.

She was a member of the Mt. Olivet Presbyterian Church, in Hancock, and was a former church treasurer there.

She was a member of the Hancock Rescue Squad Auxiliary; the Webster B. Harrison Post 26 Auxiliary; a charter member of the Hancock Historical Society; a member of the Red Hat Society; a volunteer for Meals on Wheels; a member of the Commission on Aging; a member of the Interfaith Service Coalition; and a volunteer for Christmas For Others.

She loved to quilt and sew in her spare time.

Aura and her husband owned and operated Bob’s 66 Service Station and Fruit Stand on Sidling Hill from 1954 until 1986.

She is survived by three daughters, Ann Mazingo and her husband, Dennis, of Hagerstown, Md., Sandra Watring and her husband, Elmer, of Parsons, W.Va., and Vickie Vann, of Hancock; eight grandchildren, Becky Watson and her husband, Kenny, of Hancock, Scott McCusker and his wife, Betty, of Hancock, Tim Vann, of Hancock, Andrew Vann, of Martinsburg, W.Va., Patrick Mazingo and his wife, Lisa, of Hagerstown, Md., Hubert Watring, of Hedgesville, W.Va., Joe Watring and his wife, Amy, of Hedgesville, and Edgar Watring, of Beverly, W.Va.; seventeen great-grandchildren, Katie, Autumn, Justina, Jada, Brooklyn, Amber, Brittany, Elizabeth, Makayla, Lindsay, Jacob, Nick, Jonathan, Thomas, Jared, Hunter and Dylan; several nieces and nephews; a sister-in-law, Hedy Yost, of Berkeley Springs, W.Va.; and a brother-in-law, Henry McCusker, of Hancock.

Aura was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Robert McCusker, and an infant son, William McCusker; three brothers, Paul, Clyde and Raymond Ward; a daughter-in-law, Susan McCusker; a son-in-law, Peter Vann; and three grandsons, Bill McCusker, Vincent McCusker and Eric Mazingo.

The family received friends at the Grove Funeral Home, 141 W. Main Street, Hancock, Md., on Thursday, April 11, 2019, from 2 until 4 and 6 until 8 p.m.

Funeral services were held at the Funeral Home on Friday, April 12, 2019, at 11 a.m. Rev. Philip Unger officiated. Burial followed at the Mt. Olivet Presbyterian cemetery, 14253 Exline Road, Hancock.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her name may be made to the Hospice of Washington County, 747 Northern Ave, Hagerstown, MD 21742, or to the Veterans War Memorial Foundation of Hancock, c/o Vicki Hott, 131 E. Main Street, Hancock, MD 21750.

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