Mrs. S. Marie Gary, 94, formerly of Canton, died peacefully on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at the St. Regis Nursing Home in Massena, where she was surrounded by her family.
Marie was born on February 5, 1925 in Clare, the daughter of the late Floyd and Stella (Rider) Dana. She attended Knox-Memorial Central School and finished high school in Canton, graduating in 1943. A marriage to John Basford ended in divorce. She later married Edson Gary, whom predeceased her in 2003.
Marie raised her own family and dedicated her working years to caring for many foster children, retiring in 1985. Marie was a member of the Canton Senior Citizen’s group, a part of the St. Lawrence County Foster Care Organization, she enjoyed gardening and knitting and contributed many hours to volunteer work at the Canton United Methodist Church.
Marie is survived by her two children, Steven (Kim) Basford of Canton and Tami (Doug) Baker of Pittsford, VT; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
A brother, Raymond Dana and a sister, Marion Lozo predecease her.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 11:00 am at the Canton United Methodist Church, Court St.; with Pastor Michael Terrell, officiating. Contributions in her memory may be made to a child advocacy group or a charity of one’s choice.
Memories and condolences may be shared online at www.olearyfuneralservice.com. Arrangements for Mrs. Sybil Marie Gary are under the care of the O’Leary Funeral Service of Canton.
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