Mary C. Trant

December 7, 1928February 2, 2021

MARY CATHERINE (FAY) TRANT, 92, of Daytona Beach, Florida died February 2, 2021 at her home. She was born December 7, 1928 in Winthrop, MA, daughter of the late Ambrose and Mary (Nestor) Fay.

Mary graduated from Winthrop High School in 1945 and attended Westfield State Teachers College during which time she met future Westfield Postmaster and Councilman William T. Trant.

Mary and Bill were married in Winthrop in 1949 and raised 9 children in Westfield where they lived for 40 years before retiring to Winter Haven, Florida. They shared 53 wonderful years together before Bill's passing in 2002.

Mary was an active member of various civic and social organizations in Westfield. A woman of great faith and a devout Catholic, she was especially involved with Blessed Sacrament Church where she was a member of the Rosary Sodality, a CCD instructor and where she volunteered her time and talents for countless causes and events. Blessed with a beautiful singing voice, Mary sang in the choirs of Blessed Sacrament as well as St. Joseph Catholic Church in Winter Haven. She also entertained residents of senior living communities for decades.

Mary spent her life supporting various community organizations and activities as Cub Scout and Brownie Leader, Little League parent, election worker, school lunch monitor and in many other roles.

In her retirement in Winter Haven she was an avid golfer, bowler, church volunteer and member of the Red Hatters social group at Swiss Golf and Tennis.

In 2019, Mary moved to Daytona Beach. A sweet, loving, selfless person with a wonderful sense of humor, Mary embraced the Latitude Margaritaville community in which she lived with her daughter, caretaker, travelling companion and partner-in-crime, Sally. She adopted her new friends and neighbors as extended family and thoroughly enjoyed her final years in her beautiful new home.

Mary grew up through the Depression and World War II and exemplified the finest qualities of the Greatest Generation. She was a proud Irish American with a profound appreciation for her nation, its servicemen and women, first responders and those who give of themselves for the betterment of their communities.

Mary Trant was kind, considerate and loving to her family, her friends, and all she touched in her long and wonderful life.

Mary was predeceased by her husband, Bill, sons, Michael and Daniel, grandson, Ryan, brothers Jim and John and sister Alice (Fay) Nasife. She is survived by her children, Kevin and his wife Lena Markley of Kensington, Maryland; Patricia Madamas of Pittsfield, Massachusetts; Maureen Trant of Harwich, Massachusetts; Sally Trant of Daytona Beach, Florida; Timothy and his wife, Peggy, of Manassas, Virginia; Matthew and his wife, Gina, of Bethesda, Maryland; and Sheila Inserra of Park Ridge, Illinois; as well as her sister, Sally Sarkisian, of Torrance, California and sister-in-law, Maryanne Fay, of Herndon, Virginia. "Nanny" also leaves 13 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

The family wishes to express its deep appreciation to the staffs of Halifax Health Medical Center and Halifax Health Hospice Care for their skilled and thoughtful care of Mary, as well as to the men and women of Daytona Beach Fire Department Station #7 who she came to know and love.

A memorial service will be held at St. Brendan the Navigator Church, Ormond Beach on February 19. A funeral mass will be held at All Saints Catholic Church in Manassas, Virginia on February 26 followed by burial in Quantico National Cemetery.

Funeral Mass, Friday, February 26, 2021 at 10AM at, All Saints Catholic Church 9300 Stonewall Rd, Manassas, VA 20110.

(Service will be live-streamed on a private feed)

Committal Service, Friday, February 26, 2021 at 12:30PM, at Quantico National Cemetery Committal Shelter, 18424 Joplin Rd, Triangle, VA 22172.

(Due to COVID there will be no gathering after the service)

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Mary's memory to Halifax Health Foundation or Daytona Beach Fire Department 301 South Beach Street, Daytona Beach, FL 32114 with checks made payable to "Daytona Beach Fire Department."

Arrangements will be made by Volusia Memorial Funeral Home in Ormond Beach, Florida.


  • Memorial Mass

    Friday, February 19, 2021

  • Memorial Mass

    Friday, February 26, 2021

  • Committal Service

    Friday, February 26, 2021


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Ginny Wiley

February 19, 2021

Mrs. Trant was a delightfully funny lady. It was such a pleasure to get to know her and some of her family. She will be missed by all who knew her.

Grace Sullivan

February 5, 2021

I have lost a dear friend and my heart breaks for the beautiful family she has left behind. We had a special bond and I will miss our annual visits in Westfield on 9/11 for our yearly hugs.

God bless you all,

Grace Sullivan, Westfield

Sean O’Shea

February 4, 2021

Mary was such a beautiful soul. I remember her smile at the annual golf tournament in honor of her fallen son. She was so kind and warm and we are blessed to have had her in our lives however long or short. May the heavens open for her and may she be smiling down upon her family and friends forever more.

God Bless! You are all in our prayers. May all the fond memories you had with her flood you in time of grief and comfort you in times of loss.