This isn't getting easier. I feel like my heart is breaking every time I look at your picture. I can't believe you will not be here for Christmas. I am taking the kids to see James play, The Wizard of Oz and to Swansons Nursery, all the things we should be doing together. I told Adrian guess who is coming over for a little while? and he said Nana!? like he used to then we both cried because it still felt like that could be my answer. I thank God for every moment I had with you, every hug you gave my babies. You changed their hearts and left something there that they will carry to their kids. I know it's there even if those hearts, all of our hearts feel broken today.
My children still play with the plastic turtle & stuffed owl she gave to them. They continue to remember her kindness & gentle ways, even though it has been years since she was our nanny. Her radiant smile and her ever positive attitude will stay with us, always.
It's been over a year and there isn't a day that goes by that I don't think about Mary. Her bright shining face and radiant smile will always stay with me. I love you Mary McCann!
Mary and I were partners and friends for many years. Over a year has passed and there isn't a day I don't think about her and picture her smiling face.
A free spirit with a gentle soul. I am so sorry.
Oh mom. This is so hard. I spend most days avoiding our reality and the others crying. I know it will change but right now I miss you more than I thought possible. I am only happy that you are free of pain. I hope you knew you were the best mom I could of asked for. Not pefect but the only one true perfect mom for me.
I spent the best childhood years running around our neighborhood with Mary and Joanie, Dougie, Mark and Bruce and all the others on the block. She lived right next door and those days were just the best. She had the coolest laundry shoot and we would go down it all the time!! I also remeber the life size nativity in their garage and we would get in it and pose as the cars drove by as their house was listed in the paper for their Christmas decorations. Our favorite childhood Christmas was when us 4 girls all got bikes. I can still see my sister Lynda, and Mary and Joanie and me out in the street with our bikes. Mary and I had our first communion together and got in trouble for talking which my grammy never forgave me for. She sounds like she and I would have been wonderful and well matched friends in our adult lives as well. I wish we could have met up again. I loved her mom and dad and my heart goes out to all of you. God Bless
We will miss seeing Mary at family gatherings and at her grandkids birthday parties. She was always smiling! In fact I don't ever recall a time when she wasn't smiling and enjoying everyone around her. We are so fortunate to have known her. Our hearts go out to all of you.
As we left my moms funeral yesterday I think my five year old son said it best. He whispered in my ear "when Nana died it took a lot away from me"
That is how we all feel this has taken a lot away from so many. She held us together when my dad died and now the hole in our family some times feels like it will eat us up. At those times I look at the faces of my kids and know that I am also so blessed. I have received such comfort from reading these entries. We have felt so loved in the last two weeks. Thank you for all of your kind words and memories we love to read them. Hug and kiss the ones you love in memory of Mary.
Mary was a friend, roommate, colleague, mentor, and counselor to me for many years. Not having a huge family of my own, she welcomed me to every family event with open arms. My son was lucky enough to meet her, and to feel the special gift she had with children. She will truly be missed. Love always....Jeri & Mateo
I'll never forget the times Mary and I went swimming, we had fun times. Mary has always been a pillor of strength for many and always had a bright smile on her face, most importantly she always made everyone feel comfortable around her. She had a great sense of humor and was a great Mom and Grandmother. Mary will remain in the hearts of many forever. Mary is now back with Greg again as it should be.
To Mary's Family
I too am a neighbour of Mary's at Harpwood Lane and nothing defined her better than her bright and sunny smile; all the more vivid, this being Seattle. She was a wonderful person. My daughter still plays with the toy house she gifted her. Thank you Mary. We will miss you...
We will miss Mary so very much. She was a part of our family while being the nanny for our two children and they adored her, as did we. She always had a twinkle in her eye, an easy laugh, and a positive outlook on life. She inspired us all. Our hearts ache.
Spurgin/McCann family, I'm really sorry to hear about the loss of Mary. I have fond memories of playing at the house in Sheridan Beach and time spent with all of you. Your mom was a memorable woman. Even though it has been many years, both of your parents had a impact on my childhood. It was great to grow up with your family.
Friends forever....Love you Mary Mccann.
I'm very sorry to say that I didn't know Mary McCann, but the obituary that you all wrote conveyed what an extraordinary person she was! Simply reading about her life inspired and nourished me, such as the fact that "the cancer never defined her" and that she "attended every miserably acted school play, even when her child had only a minor role as a mushroom" and "how she did everything she could to make the lives of her children as bright and as interesting and as full of love as she was." This is the kind of thing so many of us hope will be said of us after we're gone. I'm so sorry for your loss, but know that I'm deeply moved and inspired by the life of someone I never had the opportunity to meet.
My mom was so kind, so loving, so funny, and so thoughtful. Ive have never seen her so happy as when she was holding, tickeling, or watching one (or all 6 :) of her grandkids. Her being gone has left a big hole in all of our hearts, but we were blessed to have felt her love for as long as we did. I will love you always momma-I am happy for you and dad to have you "Heaven Wedding" as Kai says.
Mary was a lovely person, and we enjoyed knowing her for many years, as a long-time friend of James(my son). We will miss her.
--Alice & Eilene
you've been in my thoughts for years, along with thoughts of the kids.
rest in peace mary...
To Mary's family,
For many years Mary was our neighbor at Harpwood Lane. We always enjoyed her garden and have missed her as she struggled with the cancer. But this did not define her. She was always kind to our grandkids and we knew she loved her own kids and grandkids. We shall really miss her. We believe that she is with Father God and in His arms and not in pain gut whole. Much love, Howard and Kim Berry (#4)
We'll miss you Mary. I was lucky enough to know you as a child - so glad to reconnect with you as an adult. You were a bright star and will be sorely missed.
Mary's late husband Greg and I coached our sons'(Jeremy and Aaron) first soccer team way back in 1977 and 78.It has been many years but I remember the family fondly and I am so sorry for your loss. It sounds as though Mary was much like our daughter Lindsay who died 7 years ago at the tender age of 22 from brain cancer; the cancer did not define her either. It takes a strong and special person to battle that insidious disease. Blessings to the entire family.
It's going to be hard at family events--Easter, soccer games, birthday parties, Halloween--and not see her sweet, smiling face. Things will not be the same without lovely Mary there to share them. My heart aches for her children and grandchildren, who so enjoyed their Nana being there.