OBITUARY

Mary M. Estrada

July 14, 1945October 16, 2020

Mary Estrada took her last breath on October 16, 2020 at Lawrence Hospital in Bronxville, NY at the age of 75. She was surrounded by love with her two sons at her bedside. Mary ultimately succumbed to complications from multiple myeloma which she had been battling bravely and brightly for over 5 years. Born in Brooklyn, New York in 1945 to a traditional Italian-American family Mary set her own course, following her adventurous spirit and love of travel and learning. Though unable to attend college, a product of the times where only her two brothers were afforded such opportunity, she took a job with the airlines near her Babylon, Long Island home that would change her life and open her world view. While working with TWA she met her husband, Robert Estrada (now deceased) and the two had a love that lasted a lifetime and adventures that filled their hearts and supplied countless stories to match. In marrying Bob (Puerto Rican descent - New York City raised), Mary was a woman ahead of her time, ignoring the racism and ignorance of the day and following her heart. Always, her love was her strength and she met every challenge with her grace, quick wit, good humor, charm and bright smile. They had two sons Robert (48) and Edward Estrada (47) whose early years were filled with journeys “overseas” as Mary often described them. From living several years in England followed by Saudi Arabia then back to the United States in Kansas, they finally settled in Mary’s own childhood home in Babylon, Long Island. There, she happily transitioned from her world travels and adapted to the life that presented itself to her – that of stay at home mother to her two boys. And she was exceptional - creating a warm, inviting home filled with an abundance of food, friends and family. Mary well documented her travels with her photographs satisfying and cultivating her artistic essence that graced the walls of her home. In her later years, Mary spent time pursuing her passion for art and engaged in painting portraits and still life as well as photography. Mary was a bright light who loved to recount stories of her travels and her life experiences, she loved to read and have thoughtful debate about political issues of the day. She was a bit of an anglophile who loved watching all BBC television. Most importantly, she loved her family. Her time with her sons Bobby and Eddie and their wives Melanie and Carmita and her grandchildren. Oh her grandchildren! How proud she was of Teddy (15), Harry (13), Bobby (10) and “the girl” Sydney (6). Some of her happiest times were with her family at her “happy place”, the beach and most recently Moody beach in Wells, Maine. She will always be remembered and loved as the Mary who could light up a room with her smile, her smart conversation and her elegant verve as well as her great big heart.

Services

  • Visitation

    Monday, October 19, 2020

  • Religious Service

    Monday, October 19, 2020

  • Interment

    Monday, October 19, 2020

Memories

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Dan Montellese

October 23, 2020

My Aunt Mary was funny, kind, and always made me smile.

She had an energy, a light that surrounded her.

She was a true warrior.

I will carry her on in my heart. She will be missed.



Mary McDonald

October 19, 2020

I met Mary only once, but that’s all it took to share a kinship. Mary and I share the same name and like Mary in the Bible, the name represents “the chosen one”. The ‘one’ who where’s the crown of an earthly Angel and Mary Estrada was truly an Angel, as she lived a selfless life, a life of giving and being. Mary’s life’s work will live on in her family and friends and I’m grateful to have crossed paths with Mary Estrada, as she passed on a peaceful energy that will be remembered. Love and blessings....Mary McDonald

Annie Severson

October 18, 2020

I will always remember Mary’s Big Smile and Great Big Heart.
I had the pleasure of living with her in Long Beach when we worked for TWA at JFK.
Mary gave me some of the happiest days of my life and I will be forever grateful to to have had her as my friend.

Susan Corbe

October 17, 2020

In 1998 we moved next door to Bob and Mary. We quickly became good friends and later they felt like family to us. Bob with his amazing dry sense of humor and Mary just made you feel so loved. She became a mentor to me since I had lost both my parents. Always listening and giving such smart advice. After Bob passed we would talk often and she was so worldly and classy. I loved listening to her. She cared so much about us and was always so thoughtful. We will miss her terribly but will also cherish our great times together. We are blessed to have beautiful memories.

Connie Luciano

October 17, 2020

What can I say about Mary? She was truly one of the most important people in my life - throughout my life. I truly believe that without her influence and love that she unconditionally poured into my life - I would be a very different person today. I love her and will miss her...love Connie “Bug.”

Gerry Rau

October 17, 2020

Some friendships last a lifetime. Ours was one of those. Rest in peace my dear friend. I will keep you in my heart always.

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