This tribute was added by Lori Drexler on September 15, 2020
I had the joy of getting to work with Mary and share life with her on a daily basis for a season. From the moment I met her in the lobby of a Newport Beach hotel, I felt comfortable and quickly sensed a connection. When I think of Mary, a few things that immediately come to mind include her kindness, deep love of family, sense of humor, warmth, curiousity, compassion, loyalty, and her close walk with Jesus. She was very special and will be dearly missed. I'm thankful for the memories and the wonderful example she was to me. I pray God's comfort and peace as your family continues to grieve while also celebrating her life and rejoicing that she is in the presence of the Lord.
This tribute was added by Teri Gundlach on September 7, 2020
To my dear friend Mary and her family,
Mary, you were one of my closest friends for almost 50 years. We met before I had kids and we raised them together. We started a neighborhood bible study together that brought so many women and families to the Lord. You were a perfect partner to lead with and we never had an issue. We talked over so many thing as we ran together around Harbor View for 8 years. We always said "if those streets could talk!"  We helped start MOPS together. 
Then you left for Chicago and I got to come visit very soon on a cold Chicago January. You had already made good friends since you initiate and love people and pray for them.
I was so happy when you returned and we continued our great friendship close up. You were always there for me and always prayed for me-you and Don both. We watched our kids grow up and get married and shared the joy of grandkids together. We also enjoyed couple's times together and were in coupes bible studies together too. We continued to exercise together changing from running to biking!
Our verse together was Hebrews 10:24. "Let us stir one another on to love and good deeds". You did that for me and so many others. I am a better Christian, wife, mother, friend, teacher, mentor because of you! I have missed you the last 2 years when you weren't able to share yourself in the same way, but you still ministered to me and others with your sweet attitude and your ability to sing all those old hymns. Jesus still shone through you. I miss you in my life, but I have such joy too knowing your are with Jesus whom you loved so much. You make Heaven a better place and I will love spending eternity with you!

I am praying for Don and Brynne and Brian and the rest of the family as you miss Mary. Please know she was so loved by so many and goes before us now. I love the wonderful hope we all have that we will soon see her again.

With Love , Teri
This tribute was added by Janet Foster on September 6, 2020
How is it possible to feel such sorrow and such joy upon hearing of Mary's death?
My sorrow comes from the loss of a dear friend who took it upon herself to create her very own "Jan Foster project"---bringing me into her bible study groups, inviting me to events of Christian organizations she was part of, as well as teaching and showing me what being a deep committed Christian truly means.
My true joy comes from knowing that Mary is now complete, made new, has now seen Jesus face to face, and is loudly singing " Now all I will ever do is forever, forever worship You!!" Words can't possibly convey how much Mary will be missed.
This tribute was added by Carolyn Eleinko on September 5, 2020
Mary was an inspiration and a light to me when I moved to Newport Beach in 1979 - I was invited to a ladies bible study in Harbor View Homes and met Mary - she was a light and a mentor to me. She was always thinking of others and how she could pray for them . She prayed with me .
My husband Richard and I then got involved in a couples bible study in Newport Beach and we
were shown beautiful loving marriages that reflected Our Lord Jesus!
Don and Mary were one of those couples!
What a beautiful example they gave us and other couples to follow!

I lost my dear Richard after 51 years of marriage in 2015 and know that now he and Mary are rejoicing before Our Lord Jesus -at the crystal sea! 
My prayers and condolences to all of the family - may Our Lord comfort you all at this time as only HE can

May he give you peace as you adjust to life without Mary and know that she is Home!!
This tribute was added by Robert Howard on September 1, 2020
Dear Family , 

Judy and Bob Howard want to express our deepest sympathy to Don and everyone for your loss. Mary was in Judy's Bible study group for many years. She was a beacon of light to all that knew her. She is now in heaven with our dear Lord and free of any pain. We are Praying for all of you. 
This tribute was added by Mary Cesario on August 30, 2020
Dear Family, I treasure the time I was able to spend with Mary. Her and Terry's Bible Study filled me spiritually. Judy and Mary let me join them on their walks around Balboa Island enjoying God's nature and good conversation. We celebrated each others Birthdays with Judy and Priscilla. Now i will feel connected to Mary through Brynn's Superb nature pictures!
This tribute was added by Carol Jones on August 29, 2020

I am so very sorry to hear about Mary's passing. She was so wonderful and the first person to pray over me while I was sitting on her couch before our trip to India to visit an orphanage and then to a leper colony. She knew the program and her prayer was so heartwarming and memorable. I really learned how that prayer brought such peace to me. Yes, these little things we do for others mean so much to us. She will be missed.
This tribute was added by Dawn Vargas on August 29, 2020
Dear Mary,
Thank you for always opening your home to me when I was growing up. You and Don showed me what a stable, loving, Christian family was, and you treated me as a daughter. I will forever be grateful.
Dear Family,
I pray for the Lord to comfort you all during this very difficult time. I pray that His peace will be with you.
This tribute was added by Ann McKusick on August 29, 2020
I have know Mary for so long that I cannot recall when we met. Throughout the years at First Fruit and Women of Vision, Mary has consistently been kind, helpful, thoughtful, knowledgeable , loyal, loving and caring about the "least of these." She was an expression of the loving Lord Jesus who she served. She touched my life with her gentle strength. She will be remembered and missed. I pray comfort for Don and the family as they celebrate and mourn her life. Love, Ann
This tribute was added by Jenifer Zoutendyk on August 29, 2020
Mary, thank you for showing me and my family so much love. You were always a loving, loyal and great friend to my mom. You were like another mom to me and my siblings. We all always knew that we had you "in our corner" cheering us on, supporting us, and loving us.
Your presence in our lives, and the loved that you have shown me and my family over the years, has been something that has forever changed us for the better. Thank you Mary. We love you.
Vaya con Dios.
This tribute was added by Steve Velasco on August 28, 2020
Dear Family,
This world has lost an incredible soul and Mary will be missed deeply by each of us who was fortunate enough to have known her. Mary was loyal, loving and had an unstoppable enthusiasm for adventure. We send you our love and want you to know that we hold you and Mary forever in our hearts.
With deepest sympathy, Linda and Steve

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