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 Mary Catherine <I>Donnelly</I> Fry

Mary Catherine Donnelly Fry

Death 3 Jun 2013 (aged 81)
Burial Kansas City, Clay County, Missouri, USA
Memorial ID 111816142 · View Source
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She was, to the very end, a believer in second (and third) chances, unflinchingly tolerant, and unwaveringly loyal. She remained resilient until her final breath. This is the legacy of Mary Catherine Fry. After nearly a year-long battle with pancreatic cancer, Mary passed away Monday night, June 3, 2013 in the comfort of her own home. She was 81. Mary Donnelly grew up in Kansas City, the pupil of parochial schooling whose love for the Catholic Church knew no bounds. She looked after her younger siblings, Tom and Jo Ann, who was intellectually disabled, and later married Dwight Fry, who she spent 55 years with before he passed in 2007. Mary went back to school at age 31 to earn an undergraduate degree in social work at UMKC and later earned two master's degrees, all while raising three children. Her unquenchable thirst for knowledge and curiosity about cultures distinct from her own extended well beyond her retirement in 1993 after 23 years at the Jackson County Juvenile Court. She traveled to nearly every state and visited 27 different countries, collecting rosaries and taking ample pictures along the way. More recently, Mary served as a tour guide at the World War I monument, Union Station, and the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education. She also became intimately involved in the Guatemala Project at St. Charles Church, which was devoted to enhancing the education of Guatemalan children through fundraising and periodic visits. Mary is survived by three children, Denise, Julie, and Dana; six grandchildren, Austin, Steve, Samantha, Caitlin, Jason, and Casey; and four dogs, Pinkie, Roxie, Buddy, and Jenny. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you honor Mary's memory by making a donation to the St. Charles Guatemala Project. 704 Shady Lane Drive, KCMO 64118. Mary's visitation will be 5 to 7pm, Thursday, June 6 with a Rosary service to begin at 7pm at Mount Moriah Terrace Park Chapel. Her funeral service will be 9am, Friday, June 7 at Saint Charles Borromeo Parish with burial to follow at Mount Moriah Terrace Park Cemetery. To view the full obituary and to leave online condolences, please Mount Moriah Terrace Park Funeral Home, 801 NW 108th St, Kansas City, MO 64155

Published in Kansas City Star on June 5, 2013

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 111816142
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Mary Catherine Donnelly Fry (18 Aug 1931–3 Jun 2013), Find A Grave Memorial no. 111816142, citing Terrace Park Cemetery, Kansas City, Clay County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Silver Spark (contributor 46915372) .