Mary Elizabeth Whamond Ciccone, 71, devoted, no-nonsense wife and mother

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Mary Elizabeth Whamond “Googie” Ciccone, 71, of Greenwich, Conn., passed away at home on November 7, 2013 surrounded by her family after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

Mary was born to the late William and Elizabeth Whamond on June 22, 1942 in Brooklyn, NY. She graduated from the Academy of the Resurrection in Rye, N.Y., and attended Salve Regina College. She married her husband of 51 years, Peter M. Ciccone in 1962 and they lived together in Port Chester, N.Y. before relocating to Greenwich, Conn. in 2003.

Mary was known for her strength of character, elegance, wit, and tenacity. With a no-nonsense attitude, she had an uncanny ability to deliver warmth regardless of circumstance. Googie made you feel cherished simply in the way she said your name but would never hold back telling you exactly what it was that you needed to hear. This combination has fueled speculation that she is somehow a relative of Judge Judy Sheindlin of the People’s Court, a TV show Mary rarely missed.

Mary was a devoted mother and wife. A Girl Scout from a young age, she was inspired to become a Brownie leader who taught her daughter’s troop how to sew. Later in life she enjoyed extensive travel, including a cruise around the world. She especially enjoyed spending extended time in the summer in Montauk, N.Y.

For many years Mary enjoyed doing the Sunday New York Times crossword puzzle. She loved to learn by reading anything she could get her hands on. A shopping connoisseur, her specialty was the hunt for a good bargain, which she refined most proficiently at Marshall’s, Costco and DSW where she satisfied her addiction to shoes.

One of her greatest joys in life was going out to dinner with family and friends and spending time with her family. A lover of tradition, she hosted beautiful holiday gatherings for decades and would never turn down a chance to catch up with someone she cared about. Googie enjoyed the occasional glass of chardonnay and was a Fritos aficionado.

In addition to her husband Peter, Mary is survived by her children: Peter F. Ciccone and his wife Neala of Astoria, N.Y.; and Susanna E. McKenna of Falmouth, Mass. She is also survived by a brother, William E. Whamond of Duck, N.C.; and two sisters: Rosemary McClane of Hamburg, N.J., and Christine W. Anderson of Weston, Conn,. A brother, James D. Whamond, preceded her in death. Mary is also survived by a step-brother, D. Barry Boyd, MD of Greenwich, Conn. who provided many years of primary and oncology care through her illness. She was also a beloved aunt to several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, November 10 at Graham funeral home in Rye, N.Y. from 4 to 8 p.m. A mass of Christian burial will be held on Monday, November 11 at Our Lady of Mercy Church in Port Chester, N.Y. at 10:45 a.m. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, Mary thought memorial donations could be made in her name to Pancreatic cancer research: the Lustgarten Foundation www.lustgarten.org/donate <https://www.lustgarten.org/donate> or the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network www.pancan.org/section_donate/donate_now.php <http://www.pancan.org/section_donate/donate_now.php> . In true Mary fashion, she attributed her ability to ‘slog on’ with such a cruel disease not to her own strength and courage but to only her doctors, friends, family, and prayers. She was a fighter and as a tribute to her, the fight should continue.

Mary always hated flowers at funerals. She thought they were a waste, and she was right.

 

— by the family

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