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Mary Wilkans
  • September 11, 1962
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  • May 03, 2021

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Mary Rita Wilkans was a self-proclaimed crime junkie known for her humor and resilience. More importantly to Mary, though, she was a mother to Alex and grandmother to Peyton. On May 3, 2021, she passed away suddenly after an aggressive battle with cancer.

Born on September 11, 1962, Mary was chosen weeks later by loving parents John Edward & Rita Rose (Quinn) Morrissey. She grew up in Oak Lawn, Illinois, and graduated from Mother McAuley High School in 1980. Mary then went on to Moraine Valley Community College. Mary spent 37 years in Loss Prevention and a majority of her career with GameStop.

A longtime resident of Port Orange, FL, she recently moved to New Smyrna Beach after retiring early. Known for her integrity and relentless wit, Mary can never be replaced. Although she spent a majority of her life traveling, stability came in the form of her daughter, Alex, whom she shared with former spouse Mark Wilkans. After Alex married Matthew Kearney, Mary’s world opened with the birth of her granddaughter, Peyton Grace Kearney.

Mary is survived by her daughter Alexandra (Matthew) Kearney, granddaughter Peyton, brother Thom Morrissey (Anna), and many cousins. She is preceded in death by her mother, Rita (Quinn) Morrissey, and father, John Edward Morrissey.

A memorial service will be held at Baldwin Brothers in Port Orange, Florida, on May 7, 2021 at 2:00 pm. A Zoom link is provided for those who wish to attend virtually:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3119188658
Meeting ID: 311 918 8658
Passcode: 2s1f7B


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  1. Judy Faford posted an image:
    15 Jul 2022
    Love you Mary!
    Love you Mary!

  2. Judy Faford posted an image:
    15 Jul 2022
    Silly times
    Silly times

  3. Judy Faford posted an image:
    15 Jul 2022
    Graduation 1980
    Graduation 1980

  4. Judy Faford says:
    15 Jul 2022
    Oh Mary Mary Mary….. I’ve been looking for you  Hi Thom, Hi Alex. Alex I met you once decades ago so you probably don’t remember me. Thom you should. Your sister and I were inseparable back in the day. Love her to pieces. Always had a kind word, always had a smile and a laugh. We got in soooo much trouble LOL but had a lot of fun and great adventures (albeit stupid when I think back, hitch hiking and all.) Mary is such a good hearted woman. Makes you feel better just to have her around. I so wish I knew what was going on and what happened because I would have been there with/for her for I too am battling cancer. It is a wicked assassin that no one should have to deal with. It changes lives period. My heart breaks for the lose of such a happy soul and prayers of strength and peace to the family….. Sorry this is so late, I just found out last night. XOXO Judy (Faford) Dwyer Fugate

  5. Ryan Cummins says:
    19 Feb 2022
    I wish I had written this sooner, and I'm so sorry I hadn't.
    I knew Mary from our time working together for years at GameStop, from her work visits, to her sharing great gifts she got during conventions. I can't even count how much wonderful stuff she gave to me, most I still have and treasure even more now. One time when she overheard me talking about a rare video game I was trying to get, told me she knew where to get it and was able to grab one for me! I couldn't thank her enough! Mary was always so helpful and friendly to everyone who worked with her.
    So when I heard Mary was gonna make our store her office, I was actually pretty excited! She set up her desk and chair in the back with her Keurig coffee maker, Mary even bought hot chocolate for me a few times to make in it! Though coming into work I'd always have to be careful. Johnny or Miko would tell me Mary was in the back, so I'd have to carefully open the door slowly. She'd be on the phone or laptop busy with work, I hated interrupting her since I tended to open the door a bit loudly. Heh, Mary would say "you sound like a herd of buffalo!" when I'd smack open the back door having no idea she was at her desk. Today we still have that desk, and her very comfy chair in the back. We still call it Mary's desk too. Wrote her name on it and I don't think we'll ever call it anything else.
    With how much Mary was loved at work, it's no surprised to see how loved she is here.
    Thank you Mary, thank you for making our lives all the better.

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  15. thomas lawrence says:
    08 May 2021
    Mary was a great friend and colleague, I will miss her.
    I have known her forever in my Gamestop carrier in Florida.

  16. Tim Taylor says:
    08 May 2021
    Mary was a genuine soul and a very special person. RIP my friend and I hope you are laughing with all the angels where you belong!

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  33. Tina Sellers says:
    06 May 2021
    Alex, your mom was a pioneer in a male-dominated profession. She was one of the first to break the glass ceiling and pave the way for others. If Mary called someone her friend, she was loyal and would do anything for them. She projected such a rough exterior at work, but was a sweet and kind soul underneath. She loved you, worked for you, and lived for you. I can only imagine how proud she must have been of her grandson! I am sending you love and happy memories of your mom, and I'm so very sorry the world has lost her so soon.

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  36. Thomas Morrissey posted an image:
    06 May 2021
    Rita Rose Morrissey, Thom Morrissey & Mary Wilkans<br />
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Love you, Mary! Miss you so much.<br />
Love to Alex, Peyton & Mark
    Rita Rose Morrissey, Thom Morrissey & Mary Wilkans

    Love you, Mary! Miss you so much.
    Love to Alex, Peyton & Mark

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  39. Richard Baiker says:
    06 May 2021
    I knew Mary in her high school days as I was good friend of her brother Thom. I loved that she could go toe-to-toe with him and never back down. She was a beautiful, willful young lady, and I'm sure she remained that way through out her life.

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  42. Rob Ray says:
    06 May 2021
    Every time you came to any store I ran you taught me something, lifted me up, made me laugh and shared a part of your life. You were one of the few regional managers I got excited to see. You made every interaction memorable. We have had difficult conversations, visits where we just laughed and times at conference where we just stood outside and vented about everything. You cared for each one of us, more than your job would have ever required. You supported us, defended us, trained us and made us better for it. You will be missed beyond measure and are an influence to more than you knew.

  43. Betty Macareno posted an image:
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    At dinner with Mary. She LOVED her fish tacos!
    At dinner with Mary. She LOVED her fish tacos!

  44. Betty Macareno says:
    06 May 2021
    Alex, you know that you and Peyton were the world to your mom. She was loved and respected by all that knew her. She was a great business partner and a true friend. A strong, independent woman that did not hold back on sharing her thoughts with you. (whether you wanted to hear it or not) She was honest, kind and genuine. One of the funniest people I know. I loved to make her laugh. Driving ‘Ms Daisy’ on business trips were some of the best times I have ever had. I will cherish all our times together and I will miss my dear friend. Rest in Peace, Mary.

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