Mary E. Straine, age 74, of Haig Point on Daufuskie Island, South Carolina passed away on August 17, 2017 after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. Mary is survived by her husband and high school sweetheart Jim of 54 years and her children Michael (Colleen), Kathleen (Bernie), Kevin (Erin), Daniel (Erin), and daughter in law, Patricia Straine MacGregor. She was predeceased by her son James, who was killed on September 11, 2001 from the terror attacks in New York City. She was blessed to be Nana to her 16 grandchildren: Finn, Charlie, Declan, Adele, Dugan, Catie, James, Keagan, Quinn, Ryan, Patrick, Hugh, Duncan, Ennis, Cora and Emma. Her sisters Kathy and Ann, brother Joe and many heartbroken nieces and nephews also survive Mary.
Mary was born in Langley Field, Virginia to the late Joe and Hannah Fineran and grew up in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania. Mary graduated from Chestnut Hill School of Nursing. Following her marriage in 1963, Mary moved to Fort Sill, Oklahoma where she worked as a Medical Surgical Nurse for 2 years. After years of living in the Philadelphia area, Mary and her family settled in Warren, NJ in 1975 where she raised her five children, worked in nursing homes and was the school nurse at Watchung Hills Regional High School. In 1989 she and her husband, Jim moved to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg where they spent 3 ½ years. While in Luxembourg Mary was actively involved with The American Women's Club as well as with The American International School of Luxembourg. Mary returned to Warren NJ in 1993. In 2001, Mary and Jim moved to Haig Point on Daufuskie Island as part time residents and in 2005 moved to Haig Pont on a full time basis. Mary loved the peace, natural beauty and serenity of Haig Point and loved golfing, walking along the beach road, bird watching, reading, cooking, traveling with friends and visits from all her grandchildren. Mary will be greatly missed by her family and many friends.
There will a Memorial Mass for Mary at Our Lady of the Mount Chapel in Warren, New Jersey on Friday, September 1st, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make a donation to Tidewater Hospice or Memory Matters.