On Thursday, April 8, 2021, Mary Lucille McCarvel, found her place in Heaven alongside hermother, father and brother at the age of 81.
Mary was born on November 29, 1939 in Boulder, Co. to Laurence and Juanita Sewell. She was the second of 6 children. She played the French horn in the school’s marching band and worked in an ice cream shop with her Aunt. It was at the ice cream shop that a gentleman recited to her The Purple Cow ditty which she could repeat all these years later. She moved to California and worked as a Customer Service/Office Manager for over 20 years while raising her three daughters, Rebecca, Betty and Laura. Over the years, Mary moved to a variety of states. In Kentucky, her favorite job was working at a Catholic School as an after-school aide. She loved helping the kids with crafts and games and was known as “Miss Mary”. For one of the crafts, she had the children decorate a fabric square with their favorite item which she sewed into a quilt and gave to the school.
Mary enjoyed playing cards, golfing, painting, ceramics, quilting and all things Elvis. She especially enjoyed playing a lively game of pinochle with her sisters and brothers. Cards were a serious game and the object was to win, so you better not forget what card/suit had been played! Although she didn’t know how to swim, she insisted that her daughters learn. Mary and her daughters spent many days at the beach enjoying foil dinners, playing in the ocean and catching sand crabs with her sister and nephews. Mary loved to travel and enjoyed visiting historical sites. Mary’s greatest joy, though, was keeping in touch with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved holding the little ones and being there for her grandchildren – offering advice, imparting life-learned lessons, laughing along with them at the day’s escapades or providing a much needed hug.
Mary is preceded in death by her father, Laurence, mother, Juanita and brother, Robert. Mary is survived by her daughters, Rebecca, Betty and Laura, her sisters, Betty and Bonnie, her brothers, John and Gary, grandchildren, John, Jennifer, Rebecca, Matthew, Jason, Rachel , Sarah and John (Kelly), great-grandchildren, Liliana, Lola, Emily, Zora and Nova and several cousins, nieces and nephews. A celebration of life will be held at a future date.
Mom, Mum, Sis, Nana, Gigi, Grandma, Aunt Mary, Mary and Miss Mary will be missed by her family and friends. We will forever have her in our hearts and were blessed to have her in our life – making a lifetime of memories.