Mary McRae

July 24, 1937January 27, 2021

MARY McRAE, a longtime Orange, California resident, now a resident of Southlake, Texas passed away on January 27, 2021, after a brief illness. Mary was born July 24, 1937, in San Francisco, the first child of Arthur and Margaret Wittman. She graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 1958. She did her clinical rotation at UC San Francisco where she met her future husband Mike, who was a medical student at the time. She became a medical technologist in San Francisco. She is survived by her son Douglas of Texas, and daughters Lynne (Mike) Pentecost of Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, and Laurie (Brian) Pearce of Pleasanton, CA. Also beloved grandchildren Avalon McRae, Pierce McRae, Austin McRae, Barrett McRae, and Jack Richards. Also, brothers William (Ludi) Wittman, of San Antonio, Texas, and Stephen (Lisa) Wittman, of Vancouver, Canada. Predeceased by husband D. Michael McRae, MD, parents, and brother Richard Wittman.

A memorial service will be held at a later date when we can all gather to remember her. Memorial donations to Mercy Ships, a children’s medical charity, would be greatly appreciated.


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Nancy Price

February 17, 2021

Mary and I first met at Aptos Junior High School in San Francisco during the years 1948 through 1951. She always got a kick out of looking at our old class pictures in our white middy blouses and dark skirts. While Mary went on to Lowell I went to Lincoln. Our paths crossed again here in Orange while our boys were playing baseball. I played in the El Mo bridge group back in the 70s and again a few years ago. Mary lived just a few blocks from me. We went out to dinner a number of times. I was ill and unable to get to see her when she was last here in Orange but always enjoyed her Christmas card and letter. She will be greatly missed. Love, nancy price

Bonnie Sharp

February 15, 2021

Mary and I were friends for so very long. It was in El Modena High School that we shared in leadership and friendship. Then, as our kids grew up, it was bridge that kept the friendship moving along. When Mary would come back to Orange for a visit, it was always a very, very special time. She was a great gal and is greeted happily by our Lord and Savior. What an angel!

Carolyn Shusterman

February 14, 2021

Mary was the founder of our Bridge group that she started back in 1976. We would be celebrating our 45th anniversary if it wasn't for the pandemic. Our bridge group gives back to the community and every year Mary would do the research to suggest who we would contribute to.
Mary was a fantastic party planner who made our gatherings so meaningful and fun. One game she organized involved each of us sharing something that no one in the group would know. We wrote down our accomplishments/ secrets which Mary would read aloud so we could guess who owned them.
Mary was loved by all of us who were fortunate to know her and we know there is a special place in heaven for her.