My heart felt condolences to Mary's family and many of Mary's friends for your loss. Mary is truly missed by her other family at Sun Oak.
I met Mary three years ago when I began working where she called home, she used to say "If I can't be home this is the place where I want to be". Mary and I created so many memories, shared our secrets and thoughts, after all I was her housekeeper, kind of like your hair dresser so to speak, you learn a lot about someone, especially when you spend a lot of time together.
Mary loved her sports, Baseball and Basketball, she loved her newspaper, don't ever let her be without her TV Guide or the weekly menu because she'd tell you about it.
Although Mary spent her days in a wheel chair, she was very independent and quick with her thoughts, sharp as a tack one would say.
Mary addressed everyone by name, remembered events, she loved to talk and I loved to listen.
I'd love to share many stories about Mary with those who read this but there are so many.
I have one that comes to mind. I was cleaning Mary's room one day and I also cleaned out her refrigerator, tossing out what I assumed to be old Chinese food, well, apparently is wasn't because she came looking for me all the way to the end of the building. She asked if I had thrown away a take out container, I said yes, I assumed it was old, it looked old. She said well it wasn't, it was from yesterday, Crab Won Tons from Fats(one of her favorite restaurants) and they are so good. She said I wish you would have asked me first, I was planning to have that for dinner tonight, she again said how good they are.
I was really feeling the guilt by then, apologizing over and over how sorry I was for not asking, then promising never to do that again unless I asked first. Mary did forgive me.
I left work that night feeling terrible,so I called Fat's and ordered the Crab Won Tons, drove to Roseville and back, by this time she had already had dinner and was already back in her room.
I knocked on her door, let myself in and surprised her with the bag from Fat's, she said I didn't have to do that but thanked me, which in return I told her I know but I felt bad and wanted her to enjoy her Won Tons.
This is just one of my favorite memories made with Mare.
I'm so thankful for knowing such a sweet and caring lady.
I love you Mare, you will always be embedded in my heart.