- The Washington Times - Friday, January 7, 2005

Mary Prangley, former mayor of Hyattsville, died Dec. 22 of complications from Alzheimer’s disease in Dunkirk, Md. She was 85.

Born in Baltimore, Mrs. Prangley grew up in Mount Rainier.

After marrying Robert V. Prangley in 1940, the two made their home in Hyattsville, where they raised seven children.

Mrs. Prangley was involved in her community, including St. Jerome Church and School. She served on several boards, including at Leland Memorial Hospital, Elizabeth Seton High School and DeMatha Catholic High School.

After raising her family, Mrs. Prangley focused on public service. She succeeded her husband in 1977 as a member of the Hyattsville City Council and went on to serve in local government for 22 years. She served as president of the council before being elected mayor in 1995. She served in that position until 1999.

Mrs. Prangley was elected president of the Prince George’s Municipal Association and the Maryland Municipal League and was inducted into the Hall of Fame for the Maryland Municipal League.

She was an elector for Maryland in the 1996 presidential election. She was chairwoman of the Program Committee of the National League of Cities and was appointed by Govs. Harry Hughes, William Donald Schaefer and Parris N. Glendening to state commissions on criminal justice and child education.

Mrs. Prangley was a professional ballroom dance instructor for the Vic Daumit Dance Studio, baked large sculptured wedding cakes for many couples, was a fashion model who regularly appeared on the TV program “Inga’s Angles,” and was runner-up in the Mrs. Maryland pageant.

She is survived by five sons, Robert E. Prangley of Cincinnati, Joseph M. Prangley of Jacksonville, Fla., Gregory L. Prangley of Clearwater, Fla., Patrick J. Prangley of Olney, and Cristopher V. Prangley of Kennesaw, Ga.; two daughters, Deb McNelly of Dunkirk, Md., and Tina Hughes of Crownsville, Md.; 18 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Her husband died in 1998.

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