Mary Evelyn Wathen
Mary Evelyn Wathen

Mary Evelyn Wathen, 90, of Bushwood, Maryland, passed away peacefully on Monday, June 13, 2022 at home with her loving family at her side. She was born on September 25, 1931, in Park Hall, Maryland to the late Ignatius Abell Hammett and Ethel Marie Ridgell Hammett.

On March 25, 1950, she married her beloved husband, Joseph Woodrow Wathen, Sr., at Sacred Heart Church in Bushwood, MD. Together they celebrated over 55 wonderful years of marriage before his passing in 2005.

Evelyn was a true believer in God, and she loved her Sacred Heart Church family. She dedicated her time decorating the altar and helping with church dinners. Sacred Heart Church was an important part of her life and she attended mass until she was not able.

Evelyn loved being a mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She was a great cook and baker, but you could also find her working in the tobacco field. She had many hobbies including crocheting, canning vegetables, crabbing for soft crabs, and making wedding cakes for family and friends. Evelyn loved listening to her collection of country music CDs from the fifties, sixties, and seventies, and dancing at club dances where her brother-in-law’s band, Bob Norris and the Country Cousins, played.

She is survived by her children, Patricia Wathen of Bushwood, MD, Denise Nolet (Duane) of Charlotte Hall, MD, Joseph Wathen, Jr. of Bushwood, MD, Pam Payne of St. Leonard, MD, and Edward Wathen (Karen) of Hollywood, MD; grandchildren Danielle Wathen, Juliana Payne, Demi Nolet, Deanna Nolet, Sophi Wathen and Cole Wathen; and great grandchildren Parker Crews and Evelyn (Evy K) Crews. She is also survived by her siblings Jerome Hammett of Compton, MD, Joseph Hammett (Barbara) of Charlotte Hall, MD, Cecelia Atkins of California, MD, John Hammett (Kitty) of Avenue, MD, Lou Guy of Avenue, MD, David Hammett (Patty) of TN, and her niece, Janet Nagle, who was like a daughter to her.

Evelyn is preceded in death by her parents, husband Woodrow, sisters Agnes Wathen and Doris Norris, brother Daniel Hammett, sisters-in-law Joyce Hammett and Gertrude Hammett, and brothers-in-law Hayden Wathen, Bob Norris, Ken Atkins, and Joe Matt Guy.

The family will receive friends on June 23, 2022, from 9:00AM to 10:00AM in Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Bushwood, MD, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10:00AM with Reverend Stephen Wyble officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be Wayne Guy, Bill Bailey, Bobby Hammett, Timmy Hammett, Mike Hammett, and Mike Norris.

Condolences may be made to the family at

Arrangements provided by the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home and Cremation Services, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

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