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Mary Elizabeth (Rives) Oppenheimer

Wednesday, April 15, 2020
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Mary Elizabeth (Rives) Oppenheimer, of Langhorne, PA, passed away suddenly at home on Friday, April 3, 2020, at the age of 92.

Born in the Greenwood Community near Ruston, the daughter of Elgia Winston Rives and Tressie May (Harrison) Rives, she was a graduate of Ruston (LA) High School and attended Louisiana Tech University in Ruston. During her junior year of college she moved to Lafayette, LA, when her father opened a lumber company there. While working on the newspaper The Daily Advertiser in Lafayette she met Sandy Oppenheimer from New York City, a reporter on the paper. They were married in 1951 and moved to Levittown, PA, in the summer of 1954.

Mary retired from the quality control department of Ampco-Pittsburgh Corporation in Bensalem, Pa. Mary served on the boards of the Levittown Public Recreation Association and later the Summit Ridge Condominium Association. She was a member of the Levittown Federated Women’s Club and a charter member of the Bucks County (PA) Roadrunners.

Along with her husband she participated in many local races in addition to running the Honolulu Marathon and two New York Marathons.

She is survived by her husband Sandy, the longtime editor of the Bucks County (Pa.) Courier Times; daughter Charlene (Jack) Watts of Langhorne, Pa.; son Randy (Cathy) Oppenheimer of West Chester, OH; granddaughters Lauren (Brian) Ameling of Greenville, S.C., Elisabeth Oppenheimer (Catherine Vanderwaart) of Silver Spring, MD, Carly (Ian) Meginnis of Houston, TX, and Alison Oppenheimer of Greenwood, IN; and greatgrandchildren Anna and Nathan Vanderwaart, Silver Spring, MD, and Nolan Meginnis, Houston, TX. Mary had six sisters.

Preceding her in death were Edna Richardson of Dubach, Bonnie Mercer of Shreveport, and Elsie Rasbury of Ruston. She is survived by Tressie Hensley of Bernice, Billie Gaye Doss of Dubach and Julie Ross of Crossett, AR. Private services were held Tuesday, April 7, at the Washington Crossing National Cemetery in Newtown, PA.

A memorial service will be scheduled for a future date.