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In Memory of

Mary Ita Daley

September 10, 1935 - September 11, 2017

Obituary


Mom, Mary, Granny, Great Granny, friend, nurse, pharma/biotech professional. Mom wore many hats and wore each of them well.
Born in Bradford, PA and raised in Oil City PA, the daughter of Hiram and Mary Smith. Her Dad worked an oil lease and her mom was a telephone operator. Her parents taught her the value of hard work and not to skimp on quality (ONLY BUY THE VERY BEST).
Mom had 9 children, (Mike, Kathy, Dan, Joe, Sean, Pat, Jim, Bob, and Barbara) she could rattle off those names in rapid fire succession...

Mom, Mary, Granny, Great Granny, friend, nurse, pharma/biotech professional. Mom wore many hats and wore each of them well.
Born in Bradford, PA and raised in Oil City PA, the daughter of Hiram and Mary Smith. Her Dad worked an oil lease and her mom was a telephone operator. Her parents taught her the value of hard work and not to skimp on quality (ONLY BUY THE VERY BEST).
Mom had 9 children, (Mike, Kathy, Dan, Joe, Sean, Pat, Jim, Bob, and Barbara) she could rattle off those names in rapid fire succession like the average person could count to 3. Let's clarify that, she was a SINGLE MOTHER of 9 children. Mom went through many trials and tribulations while raising us. Imagine losing your home while you have kids from elementary thru high school. Mom found a way to keep us together and under one roof. Those that were lucky enough to be one of her many children knew that there was more than enough love to go around and she was always there for us when we needed her. Even when we had nothing we always had more than enough.
Mary went to Nursing School at St. Vincent's in Erie, PA. She worked for 20 years at Wake Med and was the Nursing Supervisor of the Outpatient Clinic. She earned her bachelor's degree as a working adult and switched to the pharma industry with Glaxo and Burroughs Wellcome. She travelled across the country to work for Amgen in California, then across the Atlantic to work in Cambridge, England for 3 years. She returned to NC and continued working for Schwartz Pharma and Drug Safety Alliance before retiring. She truly loved work and struggled with the idea of retirement even at the age of 72.
Granny / Great Granny is love, love, love.her grandchildren are the luckiest people in the world. They are spoiled by granny, but not rotten. She would do 'almost' anything for them. Her grandkids share many interests with granny such as NASCAR races, college basketball, the beach, movies, and frequent hair and nail appointments. They share their successes with Granny and she is involved with each of them in their journey to adulthood.
Mom made lifelong friendships with all of her co-workers/friends over her career. While at Wake Med, weekends were spent with chicken on the smoker, and a patio full of nurses singing along with Barry Manilow and Neil Diamond on the boombox. Those were happy, simple times and mom's friends love all of us kids and we love them to this day. While in England she travelled most if not all or Europe, her co-workers/friends would accompany her on the weekend excursions and she gets cards and pictures from them all the time. Mom is so committed to those she connects with that she continued to go her high school reunion every year. The class of 1953 will be short one of their biggest supporters this year, "GO OILERS."
Mom loved the beach and made sure that we spent summers at Atlantic beach throughout our childhood. Roy's Treasure in Atlantic Beach was the destination of choice for many years. She eventually bought a trailer and kept it at Bridgeview Campground and has a trailer today at Emerald Isle. No matter what was going on in her life, the beach was therapy, an escape, heaven on earth.
Mom's Happy Place.