Obituary for Alice Traynor McGarey

Alice Traynor McGarey died Monday, March 28, 2022, at Belle Meade, Southern Pines, NC.

A funeral Mass will be held at 9:30 AM on Saturday, April 9, at Belle Meade Chapel, Southern Pines.

Mrs. McGarey was born on May 19, 1927, in NY, NY, to Alice (Conley) and Thomas J. Traynor, DDS. She received her degree in Economics from Trinity College in Washington, DC. Alice also attended Katherine Gibbs Secretarial School.

Alice was a dedicated wife and mother whose greatest pride was raising her eight children and delighting in the grandchildren and great grandchildren. After they raised their children, she formed the Frank McGarey Associates consulting firm in partnership with her husband. Her deep faith drove her thoughts and actions. Alice had the gift of hospitality and an ever-engaging smile that welcomed one and all. She was a person of great generosity, humility, style, and grace.

Alice was predeceased by her husband of 59 years, Francis Denver McGarey, Jr. She is survived by sons F. Jerome McGarey (wife Heather W. McGarey) of Louisville CO, Patrick O. McGarey (wife Barbara M. McGarey) of McLean VA, Francis X. McGarey (wife Kristin F. McGarey) of Darien CT, Thomas A. McGarey (wife Dr. Elizabeth Goodman) of Wellesley, MA; daughters Sheila M. McGarey of Boston, MA, Rosemary Macdonald (husband Scott A. Macdonald) of Wheaton, Il, Alice McGarey Martin (husband Padraic W. Martin) of Cuttingsville VT, Maureen A. McGarey (husband Kyle Durland Barnes) of Charleston, SC; grandchildren Francis D. McGarey II, Erin Trager- Kusman, Colin T. Macdonald, Tiernan O. Martin, Patrick O. McGarey, Jr., Liam P. Martin, William J. McGarey, Claire H. Macdonald, Andrew W.S. McGarey, Brian V. Macdonald, Abigail E. McGarey, Alison M. Trandel, Charles D. McGarey, Mattie R. McGarey, Lily K. McGarey, and Samuel J. McGarey; great grandchildren Hadley, Neve, Finn, Asher, Hawk, Eden, Mara and Rose. She was predeceased her brother Thomas J. Traynor II and by her parents. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Pope John Paul, II Catholic School, 2922 Camp Easter Road, Southern Pines, NC, 28387.

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Services are entrusted to Boles Funeral Home of Southern Pines.

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