Mary was born on August 2, 1946 in Queens, NY to Alfred and Albina Saturno. On May 7, 1964 she married Timothy A. McGrath, Jr. also of Queens and they raised two daughters, Marie and Traci, and one son, Tim on Long Island in New York. She received her BSN from SUNY Stony Brook in New York and was a licensed Registered Nurse. She later attended Long Island Post University in Brookville, New York where she received a master’s degree in Public Health Administration.
Having been raised in a large Italian family Mary had a passion for cooking. She was a staunch believer in education and received all her degrees while raising three children. She inspired that in her children who between them hold 3 bachelor’s degrees, 3 master’s, an M.D. and a J.D. Later in life she developed a passion for quilting and has produced many beautiful and cherished quilts. Above all, Mary’s greatest passion where her grandchildren Dylan, Emily, TJ, Hayley, Brooklyn and Alexis. She cherished every moment that she spent with them and she has left indelible and joyous memories with all of them. They will forever love their Nanny. Her soul has left this earth to be with her beloved granddaughter, Brooklyn, who was lost to SIDS in 2011.
Mary was preceded in death by her granddaughter, Brooklyn McGrath, her father, Alfred, mother, Albina, two sisters, Rosalie and Linda, and two brothers Alfred and Anthony. She is survived by five siblings Richard, Barbara, Denise, Rita and Stephen. Her legacy lives on through her three children and their spouses Marie McGrath and Gary Morrissey of Austin, TX, Traci McGrath and David Dunn of Belle Mead, NJ and Timothy and Lindsay McGrath of Mebane, NC and ultimately her grandchildren, Dylan Morrissey, Emily Morrissey, Timothy McGrath, Hayley Dunn and Alexis Dunn.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The National Brain Tumor Society at https://braintumor.org/ , The Glioblastoma Foundation https://glioblastomafoundation.org/ or to the The American Sids Institute https://sids.org/
If you have fond memories of Mary the family requests that you plant a gardenia plant in your garden and think of her when it blooms. Gardenias were her favorite flowers.
McClure Funeral Service of Mebane is assisting the family.