McNamara, Mary C. (White) -Of Reading, April 12th. Beloved wife of Daniel J. McNamara. Mother of Mary Beth Maroney and her husband Robert of Reading, Daniel F. McNamara of Wakefield, Jean M. Fay and her husband Steven of NH and Michael J. McNamara and his wife Mary of Stoneham. Sister of the late Roger T. White Jr. Grandmother of Jamie, Steven, Kristen, Ryan, Cara, Jenna, Katie and the late Scott. Great grandmother of Ryan and Lilah.
Even though she was quite ill, Mary defined herself as the luckiest women in the world because she had her husband (who literally selflessly sat by her side all day every day for the past five years that she was in nursing home care), her children and her faith to support her.
Mary loved her family more than anything. She always bragged about her children and grandchildren, never missed a perfectly timed birthday or holiday card and her love, commitment and dedication to her marriage and family gave them all such a wonderful example to follow.
She loved the holidays and found joy looking thru the Sears & Roebuck wish book at Christmas time with her children. Easter egg hunts where she would hide a special egg for each of her kids with several creative clues that contained a $5 bill, they thought they were rich in those days. Tins of all kinds of lovingly made homemade cookies stacked 3 feet high in the corner of the dining room for Christmas, Santa Cookies (she was the original matriarch of Santa cookies), a birthday cake on Christmas Eve for Baby Jesus and perfect cheese cake (no cracks allowed). Holiday or celebrations, the theme was so carefully planned down to the finest details-everything would match perfectly-the napkins, the plates, the tablecloth, the cups and whatever else was on the table-all laid out minimum 1 day in advance.
Mary loved to spend time at Hampton Beach & Marco Island with her family. Pizza late on the first night of Hampton vacation was always a must, Meletharb’s ice cream ( hot fudge Sundaes were her favorite)and Sunday brunch at the Ashworth was a never miss. She never went in the ocean enough to get her bathing suit wet-unless it was that one day no one was watching. She would often talk about driving up to Maine for clams/dinners and enjoy riding along the coast.
All those that knew and loved Mary will miss her love, friendship and devotion to her faith. Her faith is what she relied on to get herself thru tough times and she taught her family always to do the same. Rest easy our dear, until we meet again.
Due to the sad situation of the Covid-19 Pandemic and restrictions that are in place, all services for Mary at this time are privately being held. Later services honoring her life will be planned where family and friends may gather and share stories and memories of this great woman.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mary’ name to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1905.
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