Mary C. Devine

mary c. devine
Mary Cay Devine, age 77, died peacefully on March 14, 2015, after a brief struggle with cancer. Mary Catherine Bondy was born on October 4, 1937, in Michigan, ND, to the late Oscar and Mary Ellen Bondy. Mary Cay graduated from Michigan High School and then attended nurses training at St. Michael’s Hospital in Grand Forks, ND. She married Terence Patrick Devine in 1960. In 1965, they moved to Lakota, ND, where she lived until Terry’s passing in 2005. She has been a resident at Riverview Place in Fargo, ND, since 2006. She worked as a public health nurse in Nelson County, raised five children, volunteered throughout the community and as an election official, and worked at the Lakota Good Samaritan Center. Mary Cay was also actively involved in the development of Stump Lake Park and the Nelson County Historical Society and its Pioneer Village. She was a devout Catholic and was a faithful Christian often taking time to care for the people in her community who needed extra love and attention. Mary Cay loved to cook and bake, was an avid letter-writer, and she was rarely seen without a crossword puzzle book. She loved nature and enjoyed bird-watching. Mary Cay is survived by her sister, Sue Ellen Fosse and her husband Merle (Michigan, ND) and several nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her children Ted and Melissa Devine (Circle Pines, MN), Stacey and Gary Tronson (Casselton, ND), Jeanne and Chris Narum (Horace/Fargo, ND), Theresa and Bruce Zeilinger (Shoreview, MN), and Mary and Gabe Johnson (Brainerd, MN). Mary Cay’s grandchildren are Morgan, Jacob, Anthony, Joshua, Ally, Ben, Alonna, Paul, Hannah, Ella, Ryan, Adam, Joseph, Tegan, and great-granddaughter Charlie. There will be a reflection and prayer service at the Riverview Chapel in Fargo, ND, at 10am Monday, March 23, with a funeral mass and lunch to follow. On Tuesday, March 24, at 1pm there will be a rosary service at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Lakota, ND, followed by burial at the Lakota Cemetery and coffee at the church hall. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to the Riverview Place Chapel fund for flowers.

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  1. Thoughts and prayers are sent your way. Always enjoyed visiting with Mary Cay. She was a special lady very caring and kind.

  2. I am so sorry to hear about the death of Mary Cay and shocked to hear about the cancer. We have kept in contact all these years and altho we lived not far apart we did not see each other often. We were both busy people and now that she is gone I wish we would have made better efforts. I would definitely be at the funeral but I am in California. You all will be in my prayers.
    Toni Betting, a friend and high school classmate of Mary Cays…

  3. Although knowing her was brief, I feel very fortunate that I met her and had my lengthy telephone calls with her. She was a delight to sit with and chat with. I was lucky to have Mary for a Mother In Law.
    Rest in Peace. …….

  4. My Sympathy and Prayers goes out to all. Knew MaryCay from High School and so enjoyed our short visits when we met.

  5. We have lost a very special person. Marilyn and I were able to have brunch with Mary at Riverview. She always had good stories about our parents and the friendship they shared throughout the years. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  6. May happy memories bring you comfort, and knowledge that she will always be with you in your heart bring you peace. My sincerest condolences to the family on your loss.

  7. so sorry to hear this, she was such a nice lady and will be missed. Prayers to all of you at this time.

  8. I knew Mary Cay from Riverview, she ate supper at the same time and same table as my mother Betty McNeely. She was such a lovely lady we always enjoyed talking about sports and she always asked me how my cats were doing. My mother and I will miss her very much. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family.

  9. We are so sorry to hear of Mary Cay’s passing. She will always be remembered for her caring, compassionate and friendly nature. I visited with her at Riverview Place and remember her from the Lakota School Office and in working with Terry, her husband. Our prayers are with you and your family at this time.

    Susan (Franzen) Richard
    Horace, ND

  10. Sorry about the loss of your loved one !!! It’s always sad to say goodbye for now. But someday will be together again. She will live with you forever in our hearts and all the grand times you spent together !!!! Blessings and much love to all !!!

  11. I am so sorry to hear of Mary’s passing. She was a very special person, when my mom worked for your folks she always was treated so well and that was so appreciated. My thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of sorrow Susan Rieger

  12. I was so sorry to hear of Mary Cay’s passing. I have such fond memories of spending time at the Devine household in Lakota growing up. Mary Cay was always so kind and welcoming. My thoughts are with her family during this difficult time.

  13. My sincere sympathy to all of Mary Cay’s children and grandchildren. I will always remember the kindness’ she extended to me.

  14. Dear Devines,

    my sincerest condolences in the loss of your beloved mother. I will always remember with fondness, her many kindnesses toward me, as well as your father, when I spent part of my ’68 summer vacation with them. I will always treasure other special moments with them both from our numerous family gatherings throughout the years. I wish all of you the very best in this difficult time.

    My thoughts and prayers,

  15. sorry to hear about your mom. she was a wonderful lady i will miss her dearly. my prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.

    tracey tufte

  16. My sincerest sympathy to all family and friends. I have so many great memories from spending time in the Devine household while growing up. Mrs. Devine was a wonderful lady… caring and sweet. When you spent time with the family, you were considered one of her own and she made you feel so welcome. She kept all of us in line and made sure we were respectful and kind to everyone. My prayers are with the family at this time of loss.

  17. So very sorry to hear of the loss of your mother Jeanne, I know you will greatly miss her but I am sure that she lived everyday to the fullest. I didn’t really know your mother but I do know you through 4-H when I was a leader for the McVille group many years ago. Know that she is happy with God for all eternity now. Marcella M. Olson.

  18. My condolences to the family, especially to Stacey (former classmate). My thoughts are with you and your family.

  19. Bill and I are so sorry to learn you have lost your mother! I always loved chatting with her in Lakota, and I know she loved you more than anything! Peace!

  20. Deepest sympathies to Mary Cay’s family. Mary Cay was my parents neighbor at Riverview. She was always very kind and asking about my parents. Always paused to see how things were going and asking if we needed help with things. She will be greatly missed. Keep her memories close to your heart.

  21. Mary Cay used to administer my allergy injections when I was a kid. I’d shoot down the three blocks on my bike to their house and get the injection and then relax for 10 or 20 minutes with Ted and Stacey watching cartoons. This was so that Mary Cay could monitor i f I had an adverse reaction. 2 or 3 times I had to take a second treatment which she taught me easily to endure. After awhile I began bolting across the street (to the park)to get in the game. Mary Cay couldn’t holler but I heard her tell me to be careful. For 2 1/2 years her care allowed me to be a kid. That’s a long time I’ll never forget.

  22. Our condolences and sympathy to the family of Mary C. Devine. Mary was such a sweet lady who always had time to visit with our family. Her pleasant smile will be miss by us during the “Sign of Peace” during mass at Riverview. Eternal life in heaven with Jesus is now hers.

  23. Dear Family,
    I was sorry to hear about Aunt Mary Cay. Although our contact in recent years was limited to phone calls and Christmas cards, she’ll always be a part of my more “youthful” memories and those begin even before she was married to Uncle Terry.

    You are all in my thoughts and prayers.


  24. So sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. I hope that your memories help ease the pain of your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

  25. I’ve always considered myself fortunate to be a grandchild of Tom & Florence Devine because of the membership it granted into the rich, extended family of my aunt, uncles and cousins. Those family experiences shaped what I want my children to have. I hope that they have an aunt like Mary Cay in their world. Someone who is compassionate, soft-spoken, yet able to be firm and let them know when they’re starting to get out of hand. I remember Mary Cay being willing to do that, & now, as a parent, I recognize & appreciate the value of it. I think the one thing that I under-valued as a child, but now recognize was her genuine sense of quiet humor, something often over-shadowed in the more boisterous family she married into. God love her. God keep her safe.

  26. We were so sorry to hear about Mary Cay and want to send our Sympathy to the family. She was a wonderful, beautiful person and always a joy to talk to, and will be missed by all. She is gone now, but her Memories will be with you always.

  27. Dear Sue Ellen and family, I was so sad to read in the paper on Sunday of Mary Kay’s passing. She was such a dear person and I have lots of very fond memories of her when I was young. Such a kind, sweet and caring person! I know mom always thought so highly of her. Now she is with the ” whole gang”. I would have come to the service, but now that I just retired in Nov. I do most of the daycare for my daughter Meghan’s children ( Cade is 3 and Isla is 7 weeks). I would have loved to see you after so many years. Take care and know for certain that Mary Kay went STRAIGHT to Heaven! Love, Sheila McDermott-Hiney

  28. I was so sorry to hear about your mom. She was a wonderful lady and what a great supportive parent for me when I was teaching in Lakota. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. She will be missed by all.

  29. We are so sorry for the loss of your dear mother, Stacey. She was such a kind and lovely lady. We admired her family for which they were both so very proud. Your mind says she is at peace but the heart takes a long time to catch up.


    Anne Riske and the entire Leith Family

  30. The Devines were a great family with whom to grow up in Lakota. They were an example to many of us. Both Terry and Mary Cay did so much for St. Mary’s, the schools and the community. May Mary Cay now dine in the kingdom of God with Terry.

  31. Our family sends most heartfelt condolences on the discovery of Mary Cay’s passing. We have fond memories of many years in Lakota where Loren and Terry shared a law office, and were friends away from work as well.

    God’s Blessing to all of you.

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