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Mary Adele McGill ’70 was born to John and Helen McEntee on March 2, 1948, in Salt Lake City, Utah. She received her master’s from Regis University in Denver in 1990. She was married on December 15, 1974, to James McGill, an instructor at the University of Dallas. They had a loving marriage and shared a common vocation in religious education for over 44 years. Jim and Mary were best friends who loved happy hour, movies, Thanksgiving, and New Mexico. Mary was a lifelong religious educator in the Catholic Church working in parishes, dioceses, and high schools in California, Kansas, Louisiana and Texas. She was well known for her ability to recruit, train, and inspire volunteer teachers. She was a wonderful speaker, illustrator, and writer—having published many articles and one book: Stories To Invite Faith Sharing. She loved to host holiday dinners for friends and was known to be kind to children and small animals. Her gentle, loving, and joyful spirit will be missed by all who knew her. Although Mary’s mother died when Mary was 16, she had other mothers (B.J. Montag, Jamie Knirck, Eileen Adler, Lucia Sutton, and Margaret Daus). Although Mary had no biological sisters, she had other sisters (Susan Herlitz, Midge Tripp, Bonnie Schwartz, Jeanne Campbell, Sue Grose, and many others). Although Mary had no children of her own, she had other children (Stephen, Karen, and Sarah Debacker; Theresa, Anthony and Christopher Blanton; Rebecca and Rachel Schofield; John Schmisek; and Clare Winter). Among her lifelong good friends who will miss her are David and Paula Lyon, Frank and Katherine DeBacker, Gino and Celia Sartor, Charlie and Inge Procner, Brian and Marnie Schmisek, and Gregoria Torres. Mary passed away on April 26, 2019, from complications of Alzheimer’s. She died peacefully at home with her husband, Jim, by her side. She was 71. Mary was preceded in death by her parents, John and Helen McEntee. She is survived by her loving and devoted husband, James McGill, as well as her brothers and their spouses: John and Marie McEntee of Boulder Creek, California; Terry and Judith McEntee of Lisbon, Portugal; Timothy and Debra McEntee of Brentwood, California; Brian McEntee and Chuck Richardson of Altadena, California; Keven and Marie McEntee of Pleasanton; cousin Shannon McEntee of Palo Alto; step-sister Susan Herlitz of San Jose; step-brother Scott and Meong Dahlquist of Elk Grove, California, and numerous nephews and nieces along with a host of other family members and friends.