OBITUARY

Mary Josephine McGarry

July 16, 1933March 28, 2021

On March 28th 2021 Mary Josephine McGarry nee Lepore left her earthly bonds to meet her Savior and be in eternal peace. Mary Jo, as she was known to her family and friends, was 87 and died peacefully in her own home surrounded by her husband of 64 years, two of her three sons and her caretaker.

Mary Jo was raised by immigrant parents in the midst of the Great Depression and World War II, which taught her to be frugal and always grateful for what she had. Mary Jo mainly supported her husband, Jim, in his career but later on in life clerked at an insurance company, worked with children in a preschool setting and volunteered in numerous charitable events.

She was fond of playing Bingo at the Lions club, and her and her husband would make numerous trips to Biloxi and later in life travel extensively. It wasn’t all glad times as she saw her youngest child contract cancer and with the Grace of God and numerous trips to MD Anderson, it was put into remission, letting him have a full life, marry, have children and become a doctor.

Mary Jo was predeceased by her parents Angela and Gerardo Lepore, her sister Mary Lou Quarno, and a grandchild Ericka Lloyd.

She leaves behind three sons, James Jr. (Angel), Jerry, and Doctor William (Laura) McGarry, 5 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. She also leaves her caretaker of two years Yolanda Armstrong.

Mary Jo was a vivacious and fun-loving woman who will be deeply missed.

No visitation is planned, but Catholic mass and funeral rites will be celebrated at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 11655 Fort Caroline Road, Jacksonville, Florida 32225 on Saturday, April 10 at 11:00 AM.

Services

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Saturday, April 10, 2021

Memories

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Megan Edson

April 9, 2021

Her smile was contagious! And it seemed as though no matter what was going on, she was always smiling! I will always remember the phrase "neat & clean" which is what she would say often while brushing my hair. This picture shows how happy she was, and one of my favorite memories when she would take me to the beach! I love you so much grandma!!

Brenda Hartsell

April 8, 2021

Our love and prayers are with the McGarry Family at this time. May God give you peace and healing in the days ahead. We are with you. We love you.

Brenda, Michelle, Morgan, & Brandon

Laura McGarry

April 8, 2021

Mary Jo and sons, Jimmy, Jerry and Billy

James McGarry

April 8, 2021

Mom the "Sassy" fisherman

James McGarry

April 8, 2021

Scotch Plains backyard with her 3 sons

Angel McGarry

April 8, 2021

My sweet, so smart mother in-law just got her wings. So many memories over the last twenty years but one was my first dinner party for my soon to be inlaws. I was brave and made spaghetti for my Italian mother inlaw, I now know with bolognese sauce. She said it was wonderful and as long as I was doing the cooking anything would be "just great" She was a beauty her whole life and smart and funny too. She is loved and missed by us all and will never be forgotten.

Laura McGarry

April 7, 2021

The beginning of their beautiful life together...
James McGarry and Mary Jo Lepore.

Laura McGarry

April 7, 2021

She was loved so deeply! This is true love!

Laura McGarry

April 7, 2021

This was one of her favorite photos of her and her beloved, Jim.

Laura McGarry

April 7, 2021

Her she is at a basketball game cheering on her 8 year old grandson!