Mary Louise (White) Baxter

Mary Louise (White) Baxter passed away Jan 6th, 2024 in Kemah, Texas. At her request, there will be no services.

Born August 31, 1937, in Highland Park, Michigan, a daughter of Frances (Vlasic) White and John White. Although spending the last several years in Texas, she grew up and always considered Youngstown her home. After graduating from The Rayen School in 1955, she was offered and accepted a position with the State Department in Washington, DC.

On August 3, 1957, Mary was united in matrimony with a young soldier. David Young Baxter and spent the next 12 years living and working in Germany, Africa, and Taiwan. In the US, she also lived on military installations in Massachusetts, Arizona, and Maryland. Unfortunately, shortly after retiring from the Army, her beloved husband, David, died suddenly in 1981.

Her career as an Executive Secretary included the Department of the Army, the Military Assistance Advisory Group, Good Samaritan Medical Center, the Edward J. DeBartolo Corporation, and the Area Agency on Aging. Furthering her career, she attended Youngstown State University which developed her love for writing. While there, she proudly received the Viet Nam Veterans’ Scholarship. This led to the ownership of Boardman Resume and Secretarial Services for almost twenty years holding free workshops for OBES to help veterans’ transition back in the workforce.

Being of the Catholic faith, she taught religious education in Germany and typed songs and prayer responses when the mass was switched from Latin to English. Her memberships included the Red Hat Society, Austintown Fraternal Order of Eagles Auxiliary, National Association of Uniformed Services, Society of Military Widows, and charter member of the Professional Association of Resume Writers.

The pride and joy of her life was in raising her big family: one daughter. Lesli Eden Viana (Sergio) TX, and four sons: David Young, Jr. (Lisa) OH; Brett William (Maryanne) OH; Randall Clifford (Belynda) TX; Derrick John (Kathy) GA. She loved being a grandmother as well as a great-grandmother. She also leaves a sister, Marjean Bulla, of Youngstown, and her loving long-time companion and friend, Raymond Melewski of Canfield.


  1. You will be missed and so glad i spent the last year with you every day. We had some great scrabble games. I think you let me win sometimes by the way. You will be missed by all of us. Love you and always,
    Lesli, Sergio, Daniel and Katie

  2. Will miss you mom, our conversations and visits. You did a wonderful job raising us especially after dad passed. Love and miss you already your son David

    David Baxter
  3. Rest in Peace my friend. I always enjoyed your stories of your life. All of the places you lived and where the kids were born.
    I always urged you to write a book of your life.
    See you on the other side.

    Jim Donlin
  4. So glad we met. Enjoyed our lunches together when you lived in Ohio. Stayed in touch after you moved. I really appreciated the times that you reached out to me when you thought I was hurting. You were so caring; such a good friend. You will be missed. I still can’t believe that you left us so suddenly, but I’m glad it was peaceful. Rest in Peace dear friend. 🙏💖

    Carol Blanch
  5. Love you Mema! You always were my number one supporter pushing me to be the best photographer and weather guy out there, even when times got tough, and for that I’m grateful. Amelia will grow up knowing just how much you loved her. Will love and miss you always! Love Davey.

    David Baxter III
  6. Love and miss you Mema! I am forever grateful for your encouragement to keep working my passion of weather and photography. You always said to never give up, even when times got tough. You were my biggest supporter! Amelia will grow up knowing how much you loved her! Love and miss you, Davey

    David Baxter III
  7. I will miss our talks about all our memories. You and I belong to a special group which I am the last.aThank you for being my dear friend all these years.Love you and will see you when its my turn

    Judy Davis Rowland
  8. My deepest sympathy’s to Mary’s children. Your Mom was a special person in my life, and I’m going to miss her. She may be gone, but I’ll have all the memories of our time together. Always in my heart.

    Ray Melewski

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