OSWEGO, NY – Mary Elizabeth (McAndrew) Ainsworth, a resident of Oswego, passed away peacefully at Oswego Hospital on Tuesday May 8, 2018.
She was 93.
Mary was born in Great Valley, NY, on May 24, 1924, the daughter of James and Julia (Fitzgerald) McAndrew.
She graduated from Pavilion High School, Pavilion, NY, and was a proud graduate of St. Mary’s School of Nursing in Rochester NY, where she earned her RN in 1945.
She enrolled at St. Bonaventure University in Olean, NY, where she met her late husband, John.
They were married in 1947 and enjoyed a 63-year union until John’s death in 2010.
Mary was devoted to her family, her faith and her profession.
She was a nurse in Sherman, NY, and Warsaw, NY, prior to her employment at Oswego Hospital from 1966 to 1986.
Former patients and co-workers describe her as strong, kind, knowledgeable but one who tolerated no nonsense.
Mary enjoyed golf, bridge, the company of her friends and family, baking delicious treats and spending winters in Florida.
She is survived by three sons, Paul (Mary) of Gansevoort, NY, John (Susan) of Eynon, Pa., and Tom (Suzanne) of Juneau, Alaska and two daughters, Margaret (Starr Parmley) of Constantia, NY, and Ann (Robert) Howieson of Cicero, NY.
She had 10 grandchildren, Heather Ainsworth, Bridget (Dan) Bowen, Marissa Ainsworth, Alexandra (James) Keyzer, Carly (Derek) Shayka, Caitlin (Jeremy) Hay, John Howieson, Andrew Ainsworth, Nolin Ainsworth and Grant Ainsworth; as well as five great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews with special appreciation to Joyce McAndrew.
The family wishes to thank the many caregivers in recent years with special thanks to the staff at Bishops Commons, St. Luke’s, as well as the fourth floor care providers at Oswego Hospital.
Funeral services will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church on East Fifth Street Oswego, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated.
Burial will follow in St. Peter’s Cemetery on Route 481 in Oswego.
Calling hours will be 4-7 p.m. on Friday, May 11, at Dowdle Funeral Home, 154 E. Fourth St., Oswego.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Human Concerns food pantry 85 E. Fourth St., Oswego,where Mary volunteered many community hours.