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Obituary of Mary Willcox

Mary Willcox, 87, of Solon, passed away peacefully at her home on November 4, 2021.

She was born on July 7, 1934, to her parents, Herbert Drummond and Mary Hogan Drummond in Rye, NY.

Mary grew up in Rye, NY and graduated from SUNY Cortland in 1956 with a teaching degree. It was at this time she met her husband, Charles, who persuaded her to make her home in Cortland, NY. In the beginning of her career, she started her own preschool program. She then spent over 30 years at Alton B. Parker school impacting the lives of young students who she taught and loved every day. At home she was blessed with her family, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren and enjoyed her time crocheting afghans, and solving challenging puzzles. Her passions included thanking the Lord for all her blessings every Sunday with her close friends at her church, and relishing in the Lord’s spoils every spring and summer by tending to the most spectacular gardens.

Mary is survived by her husband of 66 years, Charles Willcox, daughters Shawn (Doug) Whittaker, Julie (David) Corey, Linda (Jay) Davis, and son Blake (Tari) Willcox, seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her parents and two sisters, Louise and Joan.

Calling hours will be at the Wright-Beard Funeral Home at 9 Lincoln Ave., Cortland, NY on Friday, November 12th from 10:00am – 12:00pm. A funeral service will follow with with Pastor Matthew Smith officiating. Burial will follow at Cortland Rural Cemetery, 110 Tompkins St, Cortland.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Faith Baptist Church, 1731 Route 13, Cortland, NY 13045.

To offer condolences online visit www.wright-beard.com

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