MARY CROSS BEAN - ESSEX JUNCTION - Mary Cross Bean, 75, of Essex Junction, beloved mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin and friend, passed away Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, at home. She has gone to be with the loved ones that have passed before her. Mary was born in on July 24, 1938. She was the daughter of Helen (Graystone) and Reginald Cross of Colchester. Mary graduated from Cathedral High School in Burlington in 1956. She played the saxophone, piano and basketball. She went on to attend the nursing program at Fanny Allen School of Nursing, and thoughtfully cared for patients for more than 35 years at The Elizabeth Lund Home, Fanny Allen Hospital and The Star Farm Nursing Home. She leaves all of her children, whom she loved dearly, daughter, Katherine O'Loughlin and husband, Frank, of Newton, Mass.; son, Carl Bean and companion, Brenda Williams, of Jericho; son, Michael Bean of Essex and companion, Wendy Bean; daughter, Kelly Bean and companion, Dale Dubois, of Williston; daughter, Kimberly Kimball and husband, Bruce, of Essex Junction; and daughter, Kara McGrady and husband, Jeff, of Clifton Park, N.Y. Her grandchildren were incredibly important to her and she enjoyed watching them grow; she proudly attended their sporting events, concerts, school plays and recitals: Krissa, Kelsey and Michael Bean, Danielle Dubois, Casey and Bailey Kimball, Melinda Bean, and Avery and Zackary McGrady, sadly say goodbye. Mary leaves her brothers, William, Larry and Patrick Cross; and sister, Helen Coombs. She was predeceased by her brothers, Reginald the second, Thomas, and James "Mick" Cross; sister, Jane Riley; husband, Carl Bean; and dear friend, Diane Ward. Mary also leaves Melissa and Mitchell Ward, whom she also considered family; and many wonderful inlaws, nieces, nephews and cousins. Mary's life was filled with love, laughter, hobbies and adventures. Her traveling spirit took her to tropical islands, the east coast, west coast, gulf coast, and the coast of Spain. She traveled with family and friends to places where she could enjoy beaches, seafood, traditional cuisine and cultural events. She was an avid sports fan and attended games at Giants Stadium, Candlestick Park, Lambeau Field, San Diego's home turf, Gillette Stadium and Fenway Park. She was fondly known as the family "Bookie" during the NFL season, with her three-television set up. Mary created beautiful wooden furniture for many years, designing, assembling and finishing hutches, tables, armoires and more. She made fabulous wedding cakes for family and friends. Mary enjoyed reading, gardening, and going to the theatre, but mostly she appreciated spending time with her family. She was recognized as being very strong, generous, gentle, capable and independent. She impressed upon her children and grandchildren the importance of being hardworking, selfreliant, creative, resilient, caring and having fun. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, at 11 a.m. in Holy Family Catholic Church in Essex Junction. Interment will follow in New Mount Calvary Cemetery in Burlington. Visiting hours will be on Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Ready Funeral Home, Mountain View Chapel, 68 Pinecrest Dr. in Essex Junction. Online condolences may be sent to In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Bradley D. Nadeau Scholarship Fund, Essex High School, 2 Educational Dr., Essex Junction, VT 05452; or to VNA/Hospice of the Champlain Valley, 1110 Prim Rd. Colchester, VT 05446.

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Published in The Burlington Free Press on Nov. 17, 2013