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Cannova, Mary Elizabeth Horan
73, of Southlake, Texas passed away on November 15, 2015. Mary Cannova left us unexpectedly and too soon. Mary was born in Sharon, Massachusetts and graduated from Sharon High School and Boston University. After graduating college, she moved to New Jersey where she worked as an interpreter at a hospital in New York City. While in New Jersey, she met her husband Jack Cannova, whom she was married to for 23 years. They moved to Phoenix, Arizona in 1971, and together they started a business in their garage, Tempe Industrial Supply. They owned and expanded Tempe Industrial Supply for nearly twenty years before Jack's passing in 1991, when Mary ran the business on her own for several more years before selling it. Mary recently moved to Southlake, Texas to live with her daughter Gina. Nothing brought Mary more pleasure then spending time with her five adoring grandchildren and being silly and having fun with her family. She enjoyed traveling, Pilates, reading, chocolate, animals, volunteering and texting her grandchildren (she was a COOL Nana). She will be missed more than words can say. Survivors include her daughters Carla Gibbons (Todd) of Chandler, Arizona and Gina Phalen (David) of Southlake, Texas, her five beloved grandchildren Kiera Gibbons, Jace Gibbons, Ethan Phalen, Emmit Phalen and Justen Phalen, her brother David Horan and sister Althea Wilmarth, and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her husband Jack Cannova, her parents, her beloved mother-in-law Irma Devlin, and one brother and sister. Her life will be honored in a personal remembrance with her loved ones, and she will join her husband in the paradise of the Polynesian Islands. Donations can be made in her honor to the Phoenix Zoo where she enjoyed volunteering and spending time with her family, or the Humane Society of North Texas.



Published in The Arizona Republic on Nov. 20, 2015
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