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Mary Mackay
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Mary Banahan
1931 - 2022
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Obituary for Mary Banahan Mackay

Mary Banahan  Mackay
Our Irish mom Mary "Mae" Mackay is now dancing the Irish jig with her twin sister Kay, who she missed dearly. They are together again forever. Mae was born May 21, 1931 an unexpected twin, five minutes after her sister. She was born and raised in Bronx, NY to parents Rita (Leonard) and Edward Banahan, both from Sligo Ireland. Our parents met in Bronx, NY, married and soon started their family. They moved to East Windsor CT in 1960. When her brother Edward moved to Enfield she soon relocated there with her family and they became neighbors on Sandpiper Road in the Birdland neighborhood. Widowed at age 45, our mom continued to raise us by herself and provide everything we ever needed, including sending the three of us to college.

Both of our parents worked for the A&P (Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company). We spent our summers at our family cottage in Holland, Mass where we enjoyed a lifetime of memories. We were parishioners at St. Adalberts and Holy Family Church. Our mom always had a coffee in one hand and a Danielle Steel novel or newspaper in the other. She had a flair for fashion, always ready to go shopping at a moment's notice.

In 1987 mom moved to Agawam, MA to enjoy condo life. She played cards every week in her setback league. When mom was 80 she moved in with her daughter Rita and son in law Ted. We enjoyed many family vacations together, especially our annual camping trip to Strawberry Park in Preston, CT. Our mom was fortunate enough to spend the last ten years of her life living at Saint Joseph’s Residence in Enfield, CT. She received the most love and care we could have asked for from the staff there.

Mae was predeceased in 1976 by her husband Malcom "Buddy" Mackay and in 2020, her twin sister Kay. She leaves behind her children Donald Mackay, Rita Bourgoin and Bruce Mackay, as well as her brother Edward Banahan, sister in law Joan Banahan and daughter in law Debbie Mackay. She also leaves behind her grandchildren, Matthew Bourgoin, Amy Dunphy, Lauren Maul, Emily Mackay and her great granddaughter Cate Bourgoin. Mae was looking forward to meeting her two newest great grandchildren who will be arriving later this year. Over the years she was so blessed with many visits from her nieces and nephews, especially the Phelan and Murphy families.

All services for Mae will be held privately. Any donations in her memory can be made to Saint Joseph's Residence in Enfield, CT.
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