Mary Jane Delaney

August 2, 1959June 20, 2018
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Mary Jane Delaney, 58, passed away Wednesday, June 20, 2018, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. She was born August 2, 1959, to William “Gene” and Daisy Miles Thomas. She worked for Red Cap and Baptist Memorial Hospital for several years. She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church. She enjoyed traveling, playing cards and spending time with her family.

A celebration of life service will be 12:00 P.M. Sunday, June 24, 2018, at Crossroads Full Gospel Church with Bro. Stanley Shook officiating. Burial will be in Crossroads Full Gospel Church Cemetery. Services are under the direction of McMillan Funeral Home.

She is survived by Robert Delaney, who were together for 38 years; one daughter, Christy (Adam) Hill; one son, Craig (Macie) Delaney; her mother, Daisy Thomas; two brothers, Donald (Mary Kay) Thomas and James Harold (Faye) Thomas; and eight grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her father, William “Gene” Thomas; one brother, Billy Thomas; and one grandson, Adrian Hill.

Visitation will be Saturday from 11:00 A.M. until at the church.

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  • Robert Delaney, Husband
  • Christy (Adam) Hill, Daughter
  • Craig (Macie) Delaney, Son
  • Daisy Thomas, Mother
  • Donald (Mary Kay) Thomas, Brother
  • James Harold (Faye) Thomas, Brother
  • William "Gene" Thomas, Father
  • Billy Thomas, Brother
  • Adrian Hill, Grandson


  • Visitation Saturday, June 23, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Sunday, June 24, 2018

Mary Jane Delaney

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Rachel Hall

June 25, 2018

Mary Jane will be missed . Sorry I couldn't attend the services . She always had a smile when I saw her .



Mary Jane Delaney was a modest woman, quiet and observant in her ways. She was trustworthy and traditional in her approach to her life and in her relationships. She was tough-minded with the kind of “stick to it” attitude that earned the respect of all who knew her. She was also a woman who was meticulous, carefully disciplined, and orderly in virtually everything she undertook. Realistic about life, she was always at the ready, prepared to take on responsibility.

      Mary was born on August 2, 1959 at Swedish American Hospital in Rockford, IL. Her parents were William Eu"Gene" & Daisy L. Thomas. Mary was raised in Booneville, MS. She was brought up to be self-confident and dependable. These were traits that would serve her well throughout her life.

      Growing up in the Delaney household was a bit different than most homes. There were good times to be had, but just as often there was a fair share of challenges as well. However, Mary was able to work through the usual family problems when they appeared, and she was the one person in the family who seemed able to keep the stress at bay. Mary was raised with 3 siblings. She had two older brothers, Billy and James and one younger brother Donald. Mary was constantly involved in activities with her brothers and sisters. Mary and her siblings may have had the typical rivalries while growing up but Mary was always consistently loyal to her family.

      As a young child, Mary was never someone who needed to be the center of attention. She wasn’t pushy and never forced her way into games or other activities. Mary developed a variety of interests, though, and the things she enjoyed doing she did well. She was always curious about the world around her and was often eager to explore it. She was a Girl Scout. In her spare time she liked to play dolls, played in the yard with neighbors, camping and playing cards. Mary's memorable achievements included creating pottery pieces. However, what Mary enjoyed most was simply playing and spending time with her many friends.

      While her teachers and even her friends generally thought of Mary as being a serious person, she managed to have a pretty good time in high school as she made that critical transition from adolescence to adulthood. She graduated from Booneville High School in 1978. She enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. Mary was a very logical person who enjoyed learning about factual information. Using her exceptional memory, she was able to learn much through observation. Mary always seemed to have a command of the facts and was able to make it seem as though she could easily master any problem that might be presented to her.

      Always considered to be a solid friend, Mary was fortunate to have numerous acquaintances and several very close friends during her life. Since she disliked making generalizations about people and preferred to draw her own conclusions based on direct observation, Mary was able to see beneath the surface of relationships and became a true friend to those who knew her. She was committed to her friends and valued the trust she placed in them. It was not uncommon for Mary to go beyond the call of duty for others, and friends frequently sought her out for advice because she had a knack for coming up with practical solutions to any type of dilemma. While growing up, some of her best friends were Janie Murphy and Vickie Reese. Later in life, she became friends with Annie Justice and Janet Byrd.

      In June of 1980 Mary exchanged wedding vows with Robert John Delaney at the Lakeview Bible Church of Booneville, MS. Compassionate and devoted to Robert, Mary held endearing, traditional values about marriage and family life. She took the responsibility of marriage to heart, giving it her total commitment. She was a source of strength to Robert and using her gifts at nurturing one-on-one relationships, she worked hard to make her new family happy. Robert and Mary were together for 38 years but were divorced October 17, 2007.

      Mary brought the same traditional values in her marriage to bear on how she raised her children. She was a good parent to them, always firm yet fair in her dealings. She would always listen carefully and think things through before she acted, even when it was an adverse situation. Mary was also a walking schedule, always seeming to know what everyone in the family needed to do, where they needed to be and when they needed to be there. Mary was blessed with 2, one son, craig and one daughter Christy. They were also blessed with 9, Destiny, Jonathan, Braxton Allen, Braxton Wayne, Easton, Kaden, William, Sean and Adrian.

      Mary greatly enjoyed what she did for a living. She was a hard worker who expected the same in return from her co-workers. She was skilled at working effectively in small groups and in one-on-one situations as well as handling solo assignments efficiently. Mary enjoyed dealing with concrete ideas and could penetrate any amount of fuzzy information to reach the essential facts. Always able to attend to the task at hand, Mary was excellent at meeting deadlines. She was an efficient worker, one who paid careful attention to detail, allowing sufficient time to complete one task before moving on to the next. Her primary occupation was working in the medical field. She was employed for Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville, MS. Mary worked hard to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done.

      Mary liked to experience things first-hand as well as learn about them. This trait carried over into her hobbies, where she was very methodical in how she organized her activities and categorized things. Since she enjoyed her private time, Mary always tried to allocate a specific time for working on her hobbies. Her favorite pursuits were spending time with her grandkids and traveling. Mary was content to enjoy her hobbies alone but was also willing to share her interests with others.

      As a woman who always showed great commitment to the things she believed in, it’s little wonder that Mary was so active in her community. Being practical and mentally disciplined, Mary preferred to base her decisions on first-hand experiences. Mary was never afraid to roll up her sleeves and dig right in. Mary was a member of several community groups, including serving on committees for the Relay for Life.

      Mary was a woman who was dedicated and devoted to her faith. She was a member Grace United Methodist Church for 26 years. During that time, she was a leader for the youth group. She was a sympathetic woman who valued her beliefs and was willing to work tirelessly for them.

      Mary enjoyed traveling and taking vacations. Since she was an early starter and had a knack for planning everything, traveling with Mary appeared effortless. She enjoyed researching all of her examined options and applying cost-effective planning techniques. Plus, no matter where she traveled, Mary always had a back up plan at the ready, just in case. Favorite vacations included going to Alaska to see her daughter and her family.

      Mary Jane Delaney passed away on June 20, 2018 at Magnolia Hospital in Corinth, MS. Mary Jane fought bravely for 30 years against cancer. She is survived by Robert together for 38 years, her children Craig and Christy and 8 grandchildren. Services were held at Crossroads Full Gospel Church. Mary was laid to rest in Crossroads Full Gospel Church Cemetery in Booneville, MS.

      Commitment is a key word that can be used to describe the life of Mary Jane Delaney. She was committed to living the life of a good woman who was both practical and trustworthy. She was committed to the traditional values that she upheld her entire life. She committed herself to being a hard worker who expected the same effort in return from those around her. Most of all, she was committed to those she knew and loved.