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Marie Catharine McGee
May 7, 1943 ~ November 28, 2023 (age 80) 80 Years Old
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Marie McGee, the Irish Rose, known as Auntie ReRe or Re to some, and as an earthly angel to all, earned her heavenly wings on November 28, 2023. She left a legacy of love, laughter, and unwavering kindness that will forever be etched in our hearts.
Marie dedicated her life to the service of others, guiding people through the most profound moments of their lives — from the joyous first cries of newborns to the quiet farewells of those reaching the end of their journey. As a nurse, she not only cared for bodies but truly saw and embraced the very essence of the human spirit, leaving an indelible mark on everyone she encountered.
To know Marie was to know the unmistakable melody of her laughter – a sound that blanketed the dinner table, danced at family gatherings, and often lingered in the air long after she left your side. Her laughter was not just a sound; it was a celebration of life, a symphony of joy that could turn ordinary moments into extraordinary memories. In every peal of laughter, Marie's spirit resided – a testament to her resilience, her ability to find humor in the mundane, and her profound understanding that joy is a precious gift meant to be shared. Her laughter was a reminder that, even in the face of life's most difficult challenges, there is always room for lightness and laughter and hope.
A devout Catholic, Marie's relationship with God was deeply intimate and personal. Her unwavering faith was a source of strength and solace that she shared generously with those around her. Her open mind and spirit welcomed people from all walks of life, embodying the true meaning of unconditional love and acceptance.
Marie was a remarkable and devoted friend. She had the innate ability to be present in both joy and sorrow, knowing when to offer a listening ear or a comforting word, but also knowing when to sit in quiet reflection and let a moment settle. Marie's friendships were not just marked by shared experiences, but by the depth of her empathy and the genuine connection she fostered with each person she called a friend.
Marie was a daughter, a sister, an aunt, and a cousin, and she was exceptional in every one of those roles. She carried forward the torch of unconditional love and the profound belief in “kindness above all” instilled by her parents, and her life became a living testament to these principles. She remained a steady pillar of support for all of her family members, reveled in their joys, brought comfort in times of sorrow, and she freely gave the gift of her time and love.
Although she did not have any biological children of her own, Marie was a mother. Her love knew no bounds, she was selfless and deeply empathetic, patient and supportive. She was the first to celebrate every victory, and she was a fierce advocate. Marie always showed up, and she showed up in every way – she was there and she was truly present. She was safety, she was comfort, and she was love.
Marie McGee, born the second daughter of Helen and Hugh McGee in Pennsylvania in 1942, lived and thrived in Coney Island and Arizona and Oregon, and finally realized a life-long dream when she moved into her little house in the woods in Higden, AR in 1985. In recent years, Marie relished in the quiet solitude, finding peace in prayer and classical music, the sounds of nature, the twinkling lights of her year-round Christmas tree on her all-pink porch, and most of all, cuddling with her puppy companion and twin soul, Huey.
Marie, may you find the eternal, heavenly peace you have always known was waiting for you. May your Irish eyes be smiling forevermore. We all carry your laughter and love in our hearts and are forever changed because of you.