Mary Kathleen Malone, 57, of Fairfield Glade, passed away Monday, Dec. 12, 2016, in the presence of family. Mary was born in Boston, MA, daughter of Polly and Edward McGlade and the late Charles Thomas Malone. She is survived by her brother, Thomas Malone; sisters, Ann Rowden and Carol Bennett; nephews Kyle, Daniel and Garrett Rowden, Sean and Ryan Malone, Patrick and Michael Bennett; step sisters Leigh Manzonelli and Jennifer Symes; and step brother Brian McGlade.
Mary attended Georgia College at Milledgeville and the Atlanta Area Services for the Blind where she learned her computer skills. Mary worked as a secretary and an ambulance dispatcher in Atlanta. She enjoyed hiking and white water rafting with the Blind Adventurers, deep sea fishing and Florida beaches. She was an avid reader, enjoyed all kinds of music and arts and crafts especially macramé and crocheting. Mary loved a strong cup of gourmet brewed coffee and making homemade breads.
Over the years Mary had three guide dogs, Arthur, Holden and Tate. One of Mary's greatest joys was taking long walks with her current companion, practicing their skills in Atlanta, Houston, the trails of Fairfield Glade and even on the challenging streets, buses and subways of New York City and in Paris, France. They were loyal companions throughout her adult life.
Although Mary faced great challenges in life she met those with courage, strength and humor. She was helped along her way by many friends including Pamela, Anita, Teresa and Julie; healthcare angels Barry and Teresa of Tennessee Limb and Brace; acupuncturist Yong Oh; Dr. Anju Mendiratta; Charlene and Jennifer of Quality Private Duty; Andrea and Tina of Avalon Hospice and the entire staff of Standing Stone Care and Rehabilitation Center.
May she rest in peace.
An Irish Prayer
Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sun on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that charitable donations be made to Guiding Eyes for the Blind, 611 Granite Springs Rd., Yorktown Heights, NY 10598.
Crest Lawn Funeral Home-Cremation Center was in charge of the arrangements.
Published on December 21, 2016