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In loving memory of
Mary Mae McNamee
  • September 14, 1934
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  • January 31, 2010

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Mary Mae McNamee (Whaley) a native of New Smyrna Beach and a 1952 graduate of New Smyrna High School passed away January 31, 2010 at Bert Fish Medical Center after a lengthy battle with MDS.  She met her husband, Robert “Mac” while he was stationed at Patrick Air Force Base, FL and they were married in August 1956.  A totally devoted military wife she took the responsibility and difficult task of raising three children while Mac performed duty in Germany, Vietnam and Thailand.  After 22 years of service life Mary Mae returned to the local area and settled down in Samsula and participated, as a volunteer in all the schools, sports and club activities.  She was a coach, team mother, driver and real motivator in any endeavor the kids decided to undertake.  Life moved on to the fast lane after that as six grandchildren were brought into this world and she a very big part of all of their lives.  She never had a cross word for anyone and she could find good even in bad situations.  She was a crafter and traveled throughout Florida and as far away as Tennessee to display and sell her magnificent work for eleven years.  Crafts were a hobby to her because her real love was working in her flower garden with the help of the grandchildren.  She loved to travel and go to the mountains and celebrate the holidays, but trips became very infrequent during the last few years.  Mary Mae was Commander-in-Chief in her household and will be remembered as a hard working person with deep love and devotion to all of her family members.  Left to cherish her accomplishments and memories are her husband of 53 years, Mac, who says no one will miss her more after such a wonderful loving relationship. She leaves behind a sister, Jeanette Reid, Laverne, AL, aunt, Lucille Lutz; son, Bo and daughter-in-law, Merry, son, Brian, daughter-in-law, Pam, daughter, Sharon, son-in-law, Glenn; six grandchildren, Justin, Christie, Brittany, McKennzie, Sydney, and Dylan, and nephews, nieces and cousins in the local area.   In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the American Cancer Society, 1737 N. Clyde Morris Blvd., Suite 140, Daytona Beach, 32117.  6:00 PM at Baldwin Brothers Cremation Society 1 North Causeway New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169 on February 4, 2010 (map/driving directions) 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM at Baldwin Brothers Cremation Society 1 North Causeway New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169 on February 4, 2010 (map/driving directions)

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  1. 07 Feb 2010
    Susan and Cliff Hope says:
    Mac and family. We are so sorry to here of the loss of your wife, Mary. I can remember years ago running into you at craft shows around the area. I can remember the exact spot you held at the Longwood show. She was a very nice lady and we are sure she will be missed terribly.

  2. 07 Feb 2010
    Tom and Darlene McNamrr says:
    Bob, Bo, Brian and Sharon and families........We want you to know that our sympathies are with you. You are in our thoughts and prayers. We miss too that we will not get to see her again. We remember the first time we met when you brought her to MacDill to introduce her and how we were so impressed by her and always will be.
    God Blesss all of you.

    Tom and Darlene

  3. 02 Feb 2010
    Sandy Sutliffe and family says:
    Dear Uncle Bob and family, We were so sorry to hear that your Mary has lost her courageous battle. I had the priviledge of visiting with all of you last spring with my mom and aunt. Although being there for a short time, it was so obvious to see the love that she had for her family and they for her. Her kindness and spirit remains with each of you. We pray in time you will all find peace.

  4. 02 Feb 2010
    cindy humble says:
    Uncle Bob I am so sorry to hear about Mary Mae I havent seen either of you for so many years but I was lucky to reconnect with her on facebook.Saw her pic on Monday and was going to send her a message and found out she had passed.I am real sorry we never got a chance to see her again but I remember what a wonderful lady she was.She will be missed very much love cindy

  5. 02 Feb 2010
    NORM AND CINDY AURLAND says:
    Uncle Bob, We are sorry for your loss. I feel fortunate to have seen the two of you a few years ago in Virginia and Cindy and I were playing with facebook on Sunday and stumbled onto a picture of Mary mae. It was at that time on Sunday that I thought about her and how she was doing only to get the news Monday morning when Mom called. Call it an acident that we found her picture of call it faith. God bless you and our thoughts are with you and the family. Norm and Cindy Aurland

  6. 02 Feb 2010
    Bob & Ellen Gray says:
    Our sincere sympathies to Mac, their Children, Grandchildren and their Extended Families.

    Mary was a kind, sweet and caring person. The love she had for her family, gave her the strenght each and every day to continue, although she was so sick for the past few years. Mary was a fighter and an exceptional loving human being.

    We will miss Mary and her spirit will live on among us all.

    Love and Sadness,
    Bob and Ellen Gray

  7. 02 Feb 2010
    Frank & Darlene Mason says:
    To Mac,
    We wish to express our deepest sympathy to you & your entire family for your loss.
    Former Postal Employees

  8. 02 Feb 2010
    Mendy Reigel says:
    I love my aunt very much - she was the inspiration of my life and will continue to be. She was alway full of laughter and fun - she loved you regardless of whether you loved her or not - I will strive to pattern my life after hers.

    I will miss her.

  9. 02 Feb 2010
    Tootsie McDonald says:
    Mac, Bo, Brian, Sharon and extended family, My sincere sympathies go out to you. I have so many great memories sitting in the bleachers for Little League and school sports with Mary - as well as the bowling alley. Her enthusiasm and laughter was contagious. Although I have not seen her for some time, I knew of her courageous battle and prayed for each of you.

  10. 02 Feb 2010
    Peggy Dill says:
    Mac, Sharon and family Larry and I were saddened to hear of Mary's passing. I have many special memories of Mary, through the school years, our bowling and her friendshiip. I am glad she was a part of my life.


  11. 02 Feb 2010
    Heidi Hales-Eldridge says:
    We will forever be saddened to lose such a beautiful person inside and out as yourself. Your legacy of love and devotion to family and friends will continue in your kids and grandkids. Now you can be their angel looking out for them from above as you did here on earth.

    Until the day we meet again Ms. Mary.

    We love you and miss you.

    Heidi Hales-Eldridge

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