MaryKay Frye

Obituary of MaryKay R. Frye

Smethport - MaryKay R. Frye, 81, of Smethport, passed away Tuesday (April 18, 2023) at Sena Kean Manor, Smethport.

She was born October 8, 1941 in Johnstown, PA the daughter of Thomas and Mary (McGee) Read. On June 13, 1962, in Elkton, Maryland, she married Donald P. Frye, who survives.

MaryKay graduated from Altoona Catholic High School.  She then went to nursing training school in Chestnut Hill, PA and from there, anesthesia school, graduating from Duke University in 1971.

Mrs. Frye was a registered nurse anesthetist.  Her last employment was at Williamsport Hospital, now UPMC-Williamsport, PA.

She was the love of my dad’s life and stood together with him in partnership and loyalty. They spent years traveling and going on cruises. She lived her life with a determination to succeed and offered loving support for her husband, child and grandchildren. She will be forever missed and remembered by our family.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by:

One daughter:  Lisa Frye Mann (Glenn) of Wilmington, NC

Grandchildren:  Alexander Barnes and Hannah Barnes

Brothers:  Paul Alexander Read of Raleigh, NC, William “Bill” Read of Slidell, LA

Step Sisters:  Emily Frazier of Irwin, PA, Leora Miller of Hooversville, PA and Donna Jean Sambol

Step brother:  Phillip Read of Hooversville, PA

And several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers and one step brother.

In keeping with MaryKay’s wishes, there will be no visitation or services.  Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, Smethport.

In lieu of flowers, please reach out and help a friend or neighbor in MaryKay’s memory.  Online condolences may be made at

Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., Smethport.



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