Babette Lohe McGarry

August 12, 1930December 26, 2020

Babette L. McGarry passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 26 at her home in Potomac, Maryland. She was 90 years old.

Born Babette Martha Appolonia Lohe in New York City in 1930, Babette was the daughter of Ewald and Barbara Lohe. Following her graduation from Lafayette High School in Buffalo, New York, Babette attended Bryant Stratton College where she studied business accounting. She landed a job at WBUF in Buffalo, New York where she met and then married Maurice “Mac” McGarry in 1959. They moved to Washington D.C., when Mac began a long and distinguished career as host of “It’s Academic.”

She started her family in Potomac, Maryland in 1960. In her 61 years as a Potomac resident, Babs, was very active as a volunteer, often in leadership roles, especially at Our Lady of Mercy School and Parish, Connelly School of the Holy Child and Potomac Swim and Tennis Club. Babs worked at Woodward and Lothrop “Woodies” at Montgomery Mall in the Chocolate Department during the 1980s and early 1990s. She and Mac were members of Kenwood Golf and Country Club.

Babs also maintained a home in Bethany Beach, Delaware where she entertained many friends and family. She loved to visit the local stores, dine at her favorite restaurants and browse the collection at the local art gallery. She was an ardent believer in the value of education. She read the newspaper daily up until just a few days before her death. She was a consummate supporter of the environment and enjoyed gardening.

Babs is survived by her sister Judy Ann, her four children, Stephen McGarry (Laura) of Bethesda, Maryland, Laura McGarry Lamke (Jim) of Skillman, New Jersey, Mark McGarry (Patricia)of Darnestown, Maryland and Andrea McGarry Cremins (Michael) of Ashburn, Virginia, as well as seven grandchildren, Eileen, Brendan, Joe, Kevin, Ryan, Erin and Kristen.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Babette's memory to the following charities: The Sierra Club Foundation ( and The Nature Conservancy (

A Memorial Mass will be held at Our Lady of Mercy Church in Potomac, Maryland on January 9, 2021. Due to COVID restrictions, it will be livestreamed. Interment will be private.


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Judy Andrizzi

January 8, 2021

To my loving sister Babette, I am so grateful for the wonderful relationship we shared. You were such a bright ray of sunshine everytime we spoke and the times we shared were priceless although too few.
Thank you for sharing your wonderful family with me. May you be joyful in the presence of the Lord.
Judy Ann and Nick

Joel LaRocca

January 8, 2021

My sincere condolences in the loss of your beloved Mother. I will cherish the fond memories when your mom and dad would visit our family in South Florida when I was a young man. I enjoyed countless conversations filled with joy, laughter and wisdom with both of them. May she rest in eternal peace and deepest prayers to all of you.

John Jacobson

January 6, 2021

I didn't become close with Mark until we were well into adulthood. So I've hesitated to add anything here, since I didn't have the pleasure of knowing Mrs. McGarry as well as so many of you that have shared your memories and sentiments did.

But then I thought about the times I came by her home too see Mark, and how she welcomed me as warmly and genuinely as if she'd known me her whole life. I appreciated our shared interest in nature and wildlife, enjoyed her quick wit, and was especially fond of seeking her opinion of some aspect of Mark's life so we could discuss it openly in front of him. She never missed the cue to join me in trying to make Mark squirm, but also did so in a way that made clear her affection and caring for him.

Those brief interactions revealed what a kind, loving person she was, and how lucky I was to have known her, however briefly. The world is a better place for her having been a part of it, and I hope Mark and his siblings can find can find some solace in knowing how much joy they brought her, and that her strength, love and caring lives on in them.

Safe home Babette McGarry.

Leticia Lusung

January 2, 2021

My condolences to Mc Garry family, Sorry for your loss. Mrs. Mc Garry I always called her, you will be missed and always be remembered, always happy and cheerful, I will missed all the chat we had every time you get your done and a pedicure, always something to look forward to. I’m going to miss you .

Michael Gallagher

January 1, 2021

It is with a heavy heart that I write today about Babette (to me always Mrs. McGarry).
We would often have deep conversations about family, life or relationships. I valued her opinion and experience as a woman & Mother of four (her son Mark my dear friend).
I will think of you often Babette and my thoughts & prayers are with the McGarry family.

Nick Champeau

January 1, 2021

It was a pleasure to have enjoyed Babette's spirit of goodness in my life as an added bonus for being a friend of Mark's. She always brought a sharp wit and a quick smile to any setting. Some few like her bring that special very soft grace and kindness you can just feel. I knew when Mac & Babette were around it was first rate! Thank you for touching all our lives to enrich our journeys. Prayers for the family and to all who knew and loved her...

Maria Brown

December 31, 2020

I was so sorry to hear this news. I extend my deepest sympathy to all of the family.

I looked up to Babette as a wise and charming woman. I admired her courage and most of all the fiery energy she exuded. I will always have fond memories of sitting and chatting with her and how interesting the conversations were.

One of my favorite memories was when Patricia and I were sitting around half the day and mentioned going to see Mark at work. We lingered and still hadn't made a move in quite a while. Finally, Babette looks at us and said "get up, get dressed, put on some lipstick and get going". I always loved that and will recall that line from Babette whenever I'm feeling sluggish.

Bob Meinhard

December 29, 2020

Although I was saddened to hear about my Aunt Babette’s death, I am happy that she lived a very long and fulfilled life. I remember Babette always speaking her mind and not “pulling any punches”. My first memory of her was in 1966 when my family traveled to DC for a visit. At the time, she was pregnant with my twin cousins, Andrea and Mark. My Mom and Babette were discussing what to make all the kids (6!) for dinner, and I remember Babette saying , “Oh, just throw-’em a hot dog!”- really cracked me up at the time. She was very funny and always quick with a sharp observation. Fast forward FIFTY years - the last time I saw her, in 2016, she had slowed down a bit, but she still was engaging and curious about what was going on in the world. Rest In Peace, Babette - we all loved you very much.

Jennifer Nicastro

December 29, 2020

We will miss you but you will forever live in our hearts! Rest easy and keep an eye on us all from above!

To the family I am so sorry for your loss. We pray the duration of mourning her loss is short and you find peace in celebrating her long and full life in the coming days and weeks ahead.