Mary Poirier

mary poirier

Mary C. Poirier, 78, Fargo passed away March 13, 2013 at Rosewood on Broadway.

Mary was born April 17, 1934 in Fargo to John and Gladys (LaVoi) Conway.  She grew up in Fargo where she attended St. Mary’s and Shanley, where she graduated from in 1952.  Mary worked at a nursery school and at the Broadway Jack & Jill.  She worked for NDSU for 11 years, where she was awarded the Gunkelman Award for the most significant and unselfish contribution to creating a happy environment for NDSU students.

Mary married Kenneth in 1956 at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Fargo.  They made their home in Fargo where they raised their family.  Kenneth passed away in 1985.

Mary is survived by her children, Virginia (Jim) Borowicz, Omaha, NE, Kent Poirier, Fargo, ND, Timothy (Kim) Poirier, San Antonio, TX, Thomas (Brenda) Poirier, Dayton, MN, Elizabeth (Van) Lass, Glyndon, MN, Maureen (Kyle) Kearns, Fargo, ND, Joan (John) Mracek, Champlin, MN; 11 grandchildren; 1 great-grandson; siblings, Helen Jaurequi, Silver City, NM, Patricia Conway, Fargo, ND, William “Bill” (Donna) Conway, Fargo, ND, Ann Conway, Fargo, ND; and many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, Kenneth, and her brother, Fr. John Jack Conway.

Memorials are preferred to the Sisters of the Presentation or the St. Vincent De Paul Society both of Fargo.

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  1. Fargo ND
    I remember your mom, Mary or to us Mrs Poirier. When Maureen brought me over after school (St. Mary’s) she always had a smile and an after school snack for everyone. She was a kind person. You and yours are in my heart and prayers.

  2. San Antonio TexasTim
    We are very saddened to hear of your mothers passing. Even though we only met your Mom once, it seems as if we knew her well through your many funny and tender stories over the years. Our world is a much smaller place without such a carefree and caring soul, and you and your family are in our hearts and prayers.

  3. West Fargo North Dakota
    I remember Mary from my days going to school at ND
    SU. She was a wonderful lady and always smiling, she made every students day a little brighter! She will be missed.

  4. Fargo ndOur thoughts and prayers are with you as you grieve the death of Mary, your sister, and celebrate her life. We are sorry that we are not able to be with you in person at the Wake service or the funeral. She will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers. Sr. Jane and Sr. Maureen Walker

  5. Fargo ND
    I grew up living in Fargo on Tenth Ave North just around the corner from the Conways. I have fond memories of spending a lot of time “playing” with Mary,Jack and Helen. In later years whenever I would see Mary she would always recognize me. What a nice person she was. I am so sorry for the loss of your dear Mother and Sister. May God bless her memory. A special hello to Helen. It has been many years since we have seen each other.

  6. Maple Lake MN
    Kent and family I am so sorry to read that your Mom has passed. I have many great memories of her, from her making bags of popcorn for us to take to the movies to just stopping and talking to her when she worked at the Jack and Jill. A great lady and someone that was a great friend, you and your family are in my thoughts.
    Mike Dwyer

  7. Minneapolis MnSo sorry to hear about your loss.
    Annie I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.
    My favorite word is still blouse.
    Miss you!

  8. Dear Family, I don’t know any of you, nor you me but I knew your mother because she was a friend of my mother’s. Edna Falk. I am sorry for your mother’s passing. To loose a mom is always so hard.
    Your mom was a very sweet, kind lady. I used to stop and visit her when I lived in Fargo, only a few blocks from her. We would sit on the porch and visit. She was always so pleasant and nice. Smiling and being so upbeat and talkative.
    May you find peace through your sorrow. Thinking of you. Mary Anne Wyland

  9. Fargo ndSr. Jane and Sr. Maureen Walker offer prayers and sympathy to the Conway family as you grieve the death of Mary and celebrate her life. We may not be able to attend the wake or the funeral liturgy, but we want you to know you and Mary are being remembered in our prayers

  10. Fargo ND
    My prayers are with you as you bid farewell to your mother and sister. Mary was one of my first students when I began teaching at St. Mary’s. I have fond memories of her both as a little girl and a smart student. I pray for her well-deserved eternal rest. May she be at peace and may you find consolation and peace knowing that she is with her God to whom she was ever faithful.

  11. Andover MN
    I am so sorry about the loss of your sister, Mary. May she rest in peace and the memories you have comfort you. I know you will miss her. Thinking of you at this difficult time. In friendship and sympathy, Cassie (Gravel) Bornetun

  12. Fargo ND
    Another one from our favorite family has passed from this earth into her eternal home in heaven. Know that we are thinking of you at this difficult time. May Mary rest in everlasting peace. We send our love and sympathy to all of the Conway family.

    Nina & Paul Gravel

  13. West Fargo North Dakota
    Conway Family,
    Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.

  14. Wishek North Dakota
    Joan and family
    I so remember all the wonderful times I had talking with your mom. I remember her smile.

    My girls and I extend our deepest Sympathies to you all during this hard time. Remember all the wonderful memories and treasure them always.

    God Bless you all
    Karen Willey Friese

  15. Crookston, MnDear Family of Mary Poirier,

    My sympathy and prayers to all of you at this time. I got to know Mary when her aunt, Sister Madeline was with us. She seemed like a fun loving oerson. May she rest in peace.
    Sr. Dominica Gerszewski

  16. Sandy Lake MB — CanadaTo All of Mary’s Family — My sincerest condolences. Working with Mary at Jack and Jill was one of the highlights of my life. I learned so many life lessons from her it would be impossible to list them all. I still use some of her examples to help others learn — her humor helped so much with that process. I know she will be remembered fondly by all those
    lucky enough to know her. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  17. San Diego CAFrom when I first met her early in my days as a new priest at St.Mary’s Cathedral unto today, Mary has been a source of joy and friendship. God rest ye, Mary Conway Poirier!

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