Mary Jane Theresa McGrory
Miss Mary Jane Theresa McGrory, age 83, of New Castle, DE, died on Wednesday, July 21, 2010, at St. Francis Hospital in Wilmington.
A native Delawarean, Miss McGrory was born in Wilmington on July 17, 1927, a daughter of the late William Joseph McGrory and Catherine Ahrens McGrory. She was a graduate of Ursuline and later attended Beacom College for her business degree. She would go on to make her professional career with the DuPont Company, where she worked as a secretary in the Engineering Development Laboratories and was known affectionately as Little Sarge. She retired from DuPont after 42 years of service.
A gifted amateur singer and actress, Miss McGrory lent her talents to many church productions at Our Lady of Fatima parish and also sang in the church choir. She looked forward, as well, to attending performances at the Grand Opera House. Other favorite activities included traveling by train (particularly steam trains in which she had a lifelong interest), reading, solving difficult crossword puzzles, and having long, lively telephone conversations with her many friends.
Known by all for her generous, compassionate nature and her fine sense of humor, Miss McGrory will be long remembered for her devotion to her family, especially her beloved nieces and nephews.
She is survived by her siblings, Ellen A. McCarthy, Thomas P. McGrory, and Catherine M. Casey; and many generations of devoted nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by siblings, Elizabeth McGrory, William A. McGrory, John E. McGrory, and Johann M. McGrory. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 12:30 pm on Monday, July 26, 2010, at Our Lady of Fatima R.C. Church, 801 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle. Interment will follow in All Saints Cemetery, 6001 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Miss McGrory may be made to Our Lady of Fatima R.C. Church, 801 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE 19720.
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