Let the memory of Mary be with us forever
  • 76 years old
  • Born on April 6, 1938 .
  • Passed away on May 18, 2014 .
Mary Evelyn O'Donovan Wolfe, aka Mima, passed away peacefully May 18th in her Santee home surrounded by family. Mary was born April 6, 1938 in Albany, NY but lived most of her life in San Diego. She was a devoted wife, mother and sister. As the daughter of Major James O'Donovan and Mary Evelyn O'Donovan, she is survived by her siblings James O’Donovan, William O’Donovan and Gail Unwin, her children Theresa Murray, Sheila Leyva, Julia Burns, Stanley Aguilar, Carlos Aguilar, Jennifer Tetrault, and Becky Vidaurri, her 21 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her soul mate and husband of 42 years, Dean Wolfe, as well as her sister Joanna Espana. She proudly dedicated 20 years of her life to Pacific Bell as an operator and staff associate in engineering. She diligently earned an associate degree from Cuyamaca College, where she perfected her Spanish speaking, much later in life. She was an avid admirer and collector of real estate and found great interest in the endless possibilities of Craigslist. She reveled in the occasional opportunity to splurge, get dolled up and hit the slots. Most of all she loved her family and made endless sacrifices to ensure our well-being. Her strong, loyal and selfless personality touched more lives than we can possibly know. She’s been such a tremendous part of our lives that it’s hard to imagine how we’ll continue in her absence, but because of her, we know that we’ll find the strength to carry on in a way that is worthy of her honor. We’d like to thank Dr. Cuomo and the team at Pulmonary Medicine for giving her the best quality of life possible and the precious time we had with her. We’d also like to thank the Vitas Hospice Nurses and staff for making her last days as comfortable as possible and helping us all through the process. A celebration of life will be held June 17th from 1pm-8pm at the Meadowbrook Mobile Home Park Clubhouse 8301 Mission Gorge Rd, Santee
Posted by Sheila Leyva on 18th May 2015
Mom, I miss you so much, it's been one year and I still cant believe you are gone. I wish you were still here, to talk to and hang out with. We miss you on our Tuesday's together, Olivia is growing up so fast! I know you are having a good time with everyone, but I wish you were here. Love forever
Posted by Julia Burns on 18th May 2015
Mom, It is hard to believe it has been a whole year without you in my every day life. I miss the late night conversations. And how ypu always knew just what to say, even if at the time i didn't think so. I am the woman i am today because of your love,wisdom, strength, encoragement and your love of all six of us. Thank you for loving me as much as you did.
Posted by Mike Leyva on 21st April 2015
Dear Mima, Since I regretfully didn't wish you a happy birthday, I wanted to do so now that I've finally gotten to this site. So, HAPPY BE-LATED BIRTHDAY MIMA!! I love you and miss you more than I can say. Better late than never. I heard a theory recently about that that I know you would like and make everyone else I think rest a little easier. Even after a loved one dies, we continue to love and miss them just as much as when they were alive. As years pass those feelings do NOT diminish. Regardless of your religious beliefs or what you think happens when you die, some see this as evidence that we will see our loved ones and friends again. That those feelings remain because we will be together again, somewhere, somehow.
Posted by Sheila Leyva on 6th April 2015
Happy Birthday mom, I miss you and think of you all the time, certainly has made my life change. We celebrated your birthday and Easter with Auntie Gail's family and Uncle Bill, it was nice to be with the family, we missed you very much but know that you are with a lot of family and friends and having a good time. Watch over us, I love you !
Posted by Amy Hamilton on 6th April 2015
Happy birthday Mima! We celebrated Easter with auntie gails family yesterday and I could tell you were there with us . It was a beautiful day surrounded by lots of family. I miss you everyday but I know you are with me and a part of my life, living in my amazing baby girl. She is already wanting to be organized and help me with my paperwork just like I did when I was little with you, it makes me smile :-) I love you and I hope you and grandpa are having a dance party in heaven! Xoxo
Posted by Julia Burns on 6th April 2015
Happy birthday Mom.. I miss you every second of every day. Life will never be the same without you. I know there will be a day when we will see each other. The first thought I had when I woke up this morning was to call you and wish you a happy birthday. I hate that I csn*t. I am at peace knowing that you are watching over me and my family. We sure need it. I love you Mom
Posted by Sheila Leyva on 26th January 2015
Well it's a new year! 2015, I miss you everyday mom, please watch over me and my family, we need an angel to look out for us. always Love You mom
Posted by Ruth Placek on 10th July 2014
Dear Marilyn, We will certainly miss you. We grew up together, faced hard times, the good with the bad and accepted the cards that God dealt for us. My love and best wishes to your Family. You were always a loyal, dedicated Wife, Mother, Grandmother and special Friend. We will miss you, but you are in a better place without pain, sorrow and the re-unitement with youir beloved Husband, Dean Wolfe Ruth
Posted by Sheila Leyva on 12th June 2014
Hey mom, Well yesterday was our Wednesday with Amy and Olivia, we miss you!
Posted by Yvonne T on 10th June 2014
You are missed dearly Mary!!
Posted by Terry Murray on 10th June 2014
I love you Mom

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