December 2, 1922 ~ October 22, 2004

Born in: Kankakee, IL,
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Mary L. Tait, 81, formerly of 31 Beechwood Road, Asheville, died Friday, October 22, 2004, at the Laurels of Hendersonville. Mrs. Tait was born in Kankakee, IL and was a daughter of the late Harry R. and Anna Bernadette Dolan Lower. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Murray M. Tait, and by a son John Murray Tait. She received a B.S. degree in chemistry from the University of Illinois and was a former resident of Dayton, OH before moving to Asheville from Greendale, WI in 1978. In Asheville she was a member of St. Eugene Catholic Church where she volunteered in the office for a number of years. She received an associate degree in Computer Sciences from A-B Tech. Surviving are one daughter Elizabeth Tait of Hendersonville; two sons, Terrence Tait of New Bern and Robert Tait of Schenectady, NY; a sister Jean Sensintaffar of Redlands, CA; and eight grandchildren Jonathan, Andrew, Zachary, Sara, Patrick and Leah Tait and Amanda and Davidson Studebaker. A funeral Mass will be celebrated by the Rev. Fr. James K. Solari at 11:30 a.m. Friday at St. Eugene Catholic Church. The Wake will begin at 7:00p.m. Thursday at the church. Memorials may be made to St. Eugene Catholic Church, 72 Culvern Street, Asheville, NC 28804.

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  1. Hi, I’m Jackie, Judy’s sister. I’m so sorry about your mom. She was a sweetheart. I remember her and your dad so well and also my Aunt Bernadette and Uncle Harry who was my godfather — your grandparents, right? Let’s see. I remember the ‘older boys’ too as when my brother was born in 1956, I stayed at Aunt Bernadette and Uncle Harry’s house, and I remember the boys complained I was too little to play with — rightfully so. I wasn’t yet five. I believe one of the boys was Terry. Do you remember? I don’t remember if the other was John, but I remember so, so vividly hearing about his death and the devastating effect it had on the adults. My folks rented the apartment upstairs from Aunt Bernadette and Uncle Harry during their early years of marriage. I remember that house. I went to Aunt Bernadette’s nursery school for two years before I started kindergarten. I can remember singing songs and dancing around with the other kids while she played the piano. And I remember your folks visiting with all of you and your dad’s wonderful beard and your mom’s beautiful smile. You see, they live on in all of us, and they are loved. Again, I am so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you. Sincerely, Jackie Lower and family

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  2. We here at Hospice will always remember Mary with great fondness. She brought joy, humor and spend many hours volunteering here. She will be missed. Thinking of you her family. From all the Mountain Area Hospice staff.

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  3. Tom, Laura, Sarah, John and I will miss Mary greatly. She was a dear friend, neighbor and fellow parishoner — our first Catholic friend in Asheville! We have many fond memories of times spent with her. Our sincere condolences to the family.

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