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Mary McKay

December 8, 1941 — November 26, 2020

Mary McKay

Touching people through kindness

Beloved by all who knew her, Mary Alice McKay, 78, of Hayden Idaho left this world gracefully Thanksgiving morning (11-26-2020).  Mary’s life was truly a blessing as she touched so many deeply. She will be remembered and greatly missed.

Mary was born in Marion, South Dakota to Ab & Rose Vinatieri. A hard worker, Mary helped with the family Plumbing business. She later remodeled homes, worked in retail management, provided care to the underserved and made her house a home.  At retirement, Mary devoted herself to the church and charities. She had a beautiful giving nature and was empathetic to everyone she met. From making sandwiches for the needy, to contributing a motor home, rent and resources to single mothers; her giving nature impacted countless lives in a beautiful, encouraging way. She will be remembered for her uplifting, nurturing, spirit.

In 1988, Mary married her best friend and beloved husband Hugh W. McKay.  They expressed their love for each other with notes of sentiment, and devotion daily. These beautiful notes were discovered and will be family heirlooms for generations. Mac & Mary loved to travel and spend time between their winter home in Nevada and summer home in North Idaho.

Mary was an avid gardener. Her homes were adorned with beautiful flowers which bloomed all season long.  Visiting guests would often spend hours admiring and walking with her as she explained each plant and its origin.  Her children laugh at memories of not being able to go to the swimming pool until all the weeds were pulled from their section of the 3+ acre garden. Many a snake met their demise as Mary was terrified of snakes and a master with a hoe.

You always wanted to be Mary’s partner when playing Pinochle. She loved the game and talking over the table. Several games were a must at all family gatherings, and it was exciting to see what rules would or would not apply.

Mary looked forward every spring to spending time turkey hunting with her sons. She loved camping and was excellent at spotting wildlife.  She was never good at keeping secrets like when a brother missed an easy shot or parked the truck under a turkey roost. The hunts were perfect unless she had to pee. Mary also honored her son’s by taking them on individual mother & son extended vacations.

Mary was devoted to and deeply loved by her family and friends. Mary was an inspirational mother, not only to her children but also to others. She is proceeded by her Husband Hugh McKay and Brother Tom Vinatieri. She is survived by brothers David (Marie) and Paul (Judy) Vinatieri, sister Kathy Sawin, five children Lisa Masterson, Roger Senecal (Britta), Paul Senecal, Erica Ackerman, Shawn (Tiffany) Flanagan as well as 19 grandchildren & 16 great grandchildren.

Mary’s final days were spent at home surrounded by family and connecting with loved ones. She left to see the Lord, unafraid, knowing that her life impacted so many and that she would be deeply missed.

Due to the current environment, there will be a celebration of life announced at a later date.

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