Mary S. (O'Connell) McDermott (1931 - 2014)

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Mary S. McDermott

(nee O'Connell)

AGE: 82 • Wilmington

Mary S. (O'Connell) McDermott, age 82, of Wilmington, DE passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 17, 2014 surrounded by her loving family. She was born on December 5, 1931 in Wilmington to the late Frances O'Connell Farren (nee McLaughlin) and John J. O'Connell.

Mary graduated from St. Ann's Grade School and Ursuline Academy. She was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years, Mark J. McDermott. She was a devout Catholic whose greatest joy was spending time with her family.

She is survived by her seven children: Mark (Kerry), Jack (Kathleen Butler), Mary P., Michael (Mary Beth), Neil, Daniel (Michele), and Patrick (Kathleen). She is also survived by fifteen grandchildren: Matthew (Laura), Kate, Amy, Erin, Maggie, Jill, Daniel, Molly, Brendan, Aidan, Kristina, and Samantha McDermott, Michael Stears, Meghan Stears and Anne Marie Brancati and four great-grandchildren. In addition, she is survived by her sister, Frances Cunningham and her brother, Joseph Farren and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to thank Ina Li, MD; the staffs of the Christiana Care Independence @ Home Program, the Wilmington Hospital ACE unit, Seasons Hospice and the Wilmington Hospital Emergency Department for all of their loving care.

Family and friends are invited to attend the viewing on Wednesday, April 23 from 5:00-7:00PM at the Doherty Funeral Home, 1900 Delaware Avenue, Wilmington. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, April 24 at 10:00AM at St. Ann's R.C. Church, Gilpin Avenue and N. Union Street, Wilmington. Interment will follow at St. Joseph on the Brandywine Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions in Mary S. McDermott's memory to the , 92 Reads Way, New Castle, DE 19720, or Birthright of Delaware, 1311 N. Scott Street, Wilmington, DE 19806 or any .

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Published in The News Journal from Apr. 21 to Apr. 23, 2014
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