Mar 30, 2021
Marion Lee McGarry, 93 of Sarasota, Florida passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family on March 30, 2021.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest and Rose McMullen, and her devoted husband of 64 years, Alexander McGarry. She is survived by her daughters Patricia McGarry, Gail (Rick) MacAulay of St. Petersburg, Jane (Tim) Beattie, and her beloved grandsons Carson and Dalton Beattie who are students at the University of Florida.
Marion grew up in West Orange, New Jersey. On June 14, 1946, Alex accompanied Marion to her senior prom at West Orange High School. It was their first date. They were married in 1955, and moved into their newly built home in Whippany, New Jersey. In 1978, Alex retired and the family moved to Sarasota, which he and Marion had visited during their honeymoon.
Marion's life was filled with generosity; she was a servant leader. In high school, she was a Girl Scout leader, and later the Girl Scout leader for one of her daughters. She also served as Junior Consultant for Girl Scouts in Morris County, NJ. She took a CPR course and helped save a neighbor's life after he had a heart attack.
She was an active member of Bee Ridge Presbyterian Church, where she and Alex participated in the Group In Between in the late 70s and 80s, and enjoyed many potluck suppers on Siesta Key Beach. She was active in her circle and a Honeybee visiting shut-ins. She collected and sorted clothes for migrant workers and other under-served groups. She headed up a cookbook committee to raise funds for purchasing a new stove for the church kitchen. She started the Prayer Shawl Ministry and knitted 77 prayer shawls herself. She also knitted tiny hats for newborns at Sarasota Memorial Hospital, and bandages for lepers, which required very precise knitting. She knitted so many bandages that she had to stop for a while because she developed carpal tunnel syndrome. Marion worked throughout the year preparing a myriad of knitted and other craft items for the annual Christmas Bazaar.
Marion was a people person; she loved meeting people and hearing their stories. She really loved making a connection between someone new, and someone that she had known for many years. Marion could make a new friend while waiting in the Publix checkout line. She remained close friends with girls that she had grown up with in New Jersey, even though they were separated by more than a thousand miles.
Sarasota was her home for over 40 years. Marion enjoyed numerous cruises, travelling to Alex's USS Chicago Naval Reunions and LGB Train shows. Her life's work was raising her family, serving her church and community.
Marion was a Christian, a woman of integrity, a loving wife, wonderful mother and proud grandmother.
Her family would like to thank the staff of Brookdale Colonial Park and Tidewell Hospice for their loving care. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to Tidewell Hospice, 5955 Rand Boulevard, Sarasota, FL 34238 or to Bee Ridge Presbyterian Church, 4826 S. McIntosh Road, Sarasota, FL 34233.
A service will be held Wednesday, April 7th at 10:30 AM at Bee Ridge Presbyterian Church, 4826 S. McIntosh Road, Sarasota, FL 34233. Interment will follow at 1:00 PM at Sarasota National Cemetery.
Published in Herald Tribune from Apr. 2 to Apr. 6, 2021.