Obituary: Mary Ives Greely, active church volunteer, loving mother and grandmother
Mary Ives Greely, a resident of Darien, CT and Edgartown, MA, passed away on Sunday, February 5, 2017 in Stamford Hospital. Born on June 20, 1928 in Cincinnati, OH, she was the daughter of the late Robert Franklin Ives and Ruth Enger. She was 88.
Mary graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor’s degree. She married the late Rev. John (Jack) A. Greely after he was ordained an Episcopal Minister. They moved to Toledo, OH to start their lives together. Jack worked as a hospital chaplain in the Toledo area. As Jack’s ministry grew, they moved to churches in Stonington, CT, New York City, NY, Boston, MA and finally in 1976 to St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, on Martha's Vineyard, in Edgartown, MA. During this time Mary volunteered at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital, the Martha’s Vineyard Hospice and delivered meals-on-wheels. She was also treasurer of the Women’s Guild at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church and a member of the Edgartown Yacht Club. Mary was very active in all the churches where Jack served. She was a very generous and giving person and was committed to helping others. Mary and Jack enjoyed entertaining people and were very social. You never knew who Jack would bring home for dinner. One Thanksgiving he brought home a hitchhiker.
Mary was a loving mother and devoted Grammy to her six grandchildren. She remained positive and never complained about anything, including her health. While residing in Darien, Mary was blessed to have a true companion as her caregiver Alnie (May May) Hosang.
Mary is survived by her two sons, John I. Greely and his wife, Annette Bruscino of Orono, MN, Grant Greely and his wife, Mary-Laura of Wellesley, MA and a daughter, Mary (Maggie) A. Boris and her husband, Keith of Darien. She is also survived by six grandchildren, Sam, Jack, Matthew, Austin and Abigail Greely and Finley Boris. Also surviving is a cousin, Fay Fawcett and her husband, Ned.
A Memorial Service will be held at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 1864 Post Road, Darien on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 2:00 PM. Burial took place in Cincinnati, OH in Spring Grove Cemetery on Saturday, February 11, 2017.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, Connecticut Chapter, 607 Main Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06851. www.lawrencefuneralhome.com