Mary Francis Irwin (née Thornton) of Nokomis, Fla., passed away peacefully on June 9 at age 97.
Born in Irvington to Martin and Fanny Thornton, Mary was the second of six children. As a World War II bride, Mary lived in St Augustine, Fla., while her husband, John J. Irwin, patrolled the isolated beaches for German U-boats. When her husband was shipped to the Pacific she returned to New York. Together they raised five children in Irvington.
Mary was smart, energetic, generous, and caring. She took care of her children, parents, in–laws, siblings, and friends. She was an active member of the Irvington community. She was involved in public school, Immaculate Conception Church, Scouting, and politics. She played cards weekly for 50 years with Irvington ladies. She worked as an election judge and then in the law department of General Foods in Rye.
Mary and her husband were avid travelers. They travelled all over the U.S. and visited Irish castles, Europe, and Russia. They loved their time in the Greek Islands with their daughter Robin. They frequently visited their children and grandchildren. Mary and Jack moved to Nokomis in 1996, where they hosted family and old friends while making new friends. They loved the warm weather and Casey Key.
Mary was predeceased by her husband of 66 years, her daughter Linda Irwin Simons, her parents, and siblings Anne Thornton Anderson, Martin Thornton, Robert Thornton, and Thomas Thornton.
Mary is survived by her children Jack Irwin of West Des Moines, Iowa; Robin Irwin Waters of Nokomis; Ann Irwin Conlan (Richard) of Norco, Calif.; and Sydney Irwin Dunitz (Jordan) of Minnetonka, Minn. She is also survived by eight loving grandchildren, her amazing great-granddaughter Josie Christine Irwin, her sister Margaret Thornton Welch (Jack) of Toms River, N.J., 12 nieces and nephews, and many loving friends.
Mary will be interred next to her husband at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery at a future date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.