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628 Main Street
Bennington, VT 05201
Phone: 802-442-2516
Fax: 802-442-4952
Mary Dailey

Mary Dailey (Scarey)

Wednesday, May 30th, 1928 - Wednesday, July 17th, 2019
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Our beautiful mom, Mary Scarey Dailey, joined the angels today. We know that the vast emptiness her leaving creates will be eased by the memories we made together and by the glimpses of her we catch in each other: her 6 kids, 21 grandkids, and 18 great grandkids—with 2 more soon to join the clan.
Our mom was born in Plainfield, NJ, on May 30, 1928, to Agnes (Regan) Scarey and John Edward Scarey. The Depression arrived on the heels of her birth, and her parents relocated the family to a farm in North Bennington, VT. Growing up on the farm, Mom did not relish wearing dresses her mother fashioned out of grain sacks, nor did she enjoy spreading manure from the back of the wagon with her brother John. But she did enjoy sneaking to the river for a swim.
Mom attended North Bennington High School and was a member of the drama club. In 1946, during her senior year, she received the Balfour Award for "most outstanding" senior.
Mom and Dad married on Thanksgiving Day in 1949. This November marks their 70th anniversary.
The area hospitals were important to Mom and while residing in North Bennington she became a Gray Lady volunteer at SVMC. She also became the first female member of the SVMC Hospital Board. When she and Dad moved to Hedges Lake full time, Mom became a Pink Lady volunteer at Mary McClellan Hospital.
In her view education was indispensable. During a time when it was rare for women to be educated beyond high school, Mom graduated with a degree from Saint Joseph Business School. She ran for and was the first woman elected to the MAUHS School Board. Education was a solid priority and her diligence paid off: each one of us received our college degree.
Experiencing the world became an essential part of her life; and once she became an empty-nester, she and Dad travelled around the world twice, took various trips to Europe, Japan, Russia, China, and the U.O. They
explored South America several times and went to Antarctica on one of these excursions. She appreciated the enrichment that experiencing different cultures and societies brought to her life. When asked if there was a place she would like to visit again, without hesitation she said, "Jerusalem." She explored her ancestral roots while on several trips to Ireland and was able to locate her grandmother's home in County Mayo.
Mom's faith was unshakeable. It was an integral part of her, and she viewed it as all-inclusive. In her world everyone was welcome in God's home. When the Charterhouse of the Transfiguration (Carthusian Monastery) was built on Mount Equinox, the monks asked Mom to sew altar clothes and vestments for them. She happily did so and was the last woman to leave the cloistered inside of that stark, spiritual structure.
She was a proud member of Red Sox Nation and was wide-eyed and lovin' it when she attended her first Red Sox game. We will remember our quiet, non-judgmental mother scolding the players through the TV if they botched a play. A true fan.
Through all of this, concern for her family was paramount. None of us ever doubted her love for and devotion to each one of us. She made sure we were fed 3 meals every day. She sewed clothes for us and kept us cozy and warm by knitting sweaters, hats, mittens and scarves. And each creation was lovingly done with the wearer in mind.
She recently said, "It's not the dying I mind, it's leaving everyone I love." Exactly. We know that as we are waving goodbye to her, there are those waiting on the opposite shore who are smiling and beckoning her into their arms, welcoming her home.
She is survived by her daughters Marilyn (John) Woodard and Carol (William) Kelley; sons William (Linda), Thomas (Marna), Richard (Patty), and Terrence (Kathy). And as previously mentioned enough grand and great grandkids to create 4 baseball teams with back-up.
She was predeceased by her husband William, sister Catherine, brother John, and granddaughter Jessica.
Calling hours will be Friday, July 19, 5:00pm to 7:00 p.m. at the E.P. Mahar and Son Funeral Home, 628 Main Street, Bennington, VT. A mass will be held 10:00 a.m. Saturday, July 20, 2019, from St. Patrick's Church in Cambridge, NY, with internment to follow at St. John The Baptist Cemetery in North Bennington, VT.
We ask that people do acts of kindness for others in Mary's name. Donations can be made to the SVMC Cancer Center and The Second Chance Animal Shelter in Shaftsbury through the office of Mahar and Son Funeral Home, 628 Main Street, Bennington, VT 05201.
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  • Visitation

    Friday, July 19th, 2019 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Friday, July 19th, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    E. P. Mahar and Son Funeral Home
    628 Main Street
    Bennington, Vermont 05201
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  • Funeral Mass

    Saturday, July 20th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Saturday, July 20th, 2019 10:00am
    St. Patrick's Church
    17 S Park St
    Cambridge, NY 12816
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    Father Tom Zelker
  • Interment

    Saturday, July 20th, 2019 |
    Saturday, July 20th, 2019
    St. John's Cemetery
    Address Not Available
    North Bennington, Vermont 05201
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Millie Butler

Posted at 07:22am
Sometimes it's the silliest things we remember about our loved ones. One summer day when Carol and I were about 8 or 9, we so badly wanted to go to Lake Paran. I said to Carol let's get on our knees and pray to God and maybe your mother will take us. So we knelt and said a few prayers and sure enough when we went to Aunt Mary with the request she said yes. That day Aunt Mary was St. Mary to me.

Pat Herring

Posted at 02:39pm
Dear Dailey "Kids",

We were so sorry to hear of your Mother's passing and so soon after your Dad. We remember fondly your Mom, Dad and all of you when we were neighbors in North Bennington. Please know you are in our thoughts and have our deepest sympathy.

Pat & Ken Herring
St. Augustine, FL

Dail Riley

Posted at 12:49pm
Marilyn, Billy, Tommy, Dickie, Terry, and Carol - I am so sorry I am not able to be with you as you send Aunt Mary off to join Uncle Bill. My car A/C bit the dust and try as I may to make arrangements for the dog and an alternate car, I just have not been able to get things to work out. Please know I will be thinking of all of you and have you all in my prayers. I couldn't have asked to grow up next to a better family. What fun times we had and I never squealed on those who managed to sneak out the bedroom windows (hee hee). Thank goodness for Aunt Mary always being there, especially the time I was babysitting and Diane smashed her head into kitchen bench and began bleeding profusely. I scooped her up and ran next door where your mother promptly and efficiently took over and got Diane to the hospital for stitches. This is just one of many times your mother came to our rescue and at the same time had words of wisdom to share. She and Uncle Bill both will be greatly missed. Love you all!

In the photo is Lynda, Barbara, Betty Jean, Dail, and I am guessing maybe Marilyn and Billy? I don't believe it is Kathy and Patty.

Al and Lee Ann Wooddell

Posted at 03:09am
It is with sadness that I read this but with joy that Mary and Bill are now reunited for eternity. Mary and I had many " special conversations" and she was the most loving, caring lady I have known. Never an unkind word to anyone. Thank You Mary for being a part of my life. May you rest in peace.

Nancy W. Dailey

Posted at 12:29pm
As members of Mary's extended family, we will always remember her welcoming smile and heartfelt love when we would spend time together. Our fondest memories are at Hedges Lake. The Camp-a-rama's, boat rides, fishing, flips off the high dive, bon fires , fireworks off the dock, and sitting in the lake with a pot of Sangria. You will be missed but we know you are in a better place.
Nancy, Tim, Ryan, Ross and Drew Dailey

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