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.