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Mary Jean McPeck

08/11/1944 - 04/20/2020

Mary Jean McPeck, beloved mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, friend, and nurse. Mary McPeck passed away on Monday, April 20, 2020 at the age of 75. She was born on August 11, 1944 in Lebanon, Indiana but raised in Brownsburg and Zionsville, Indiana. Mary was the third of four children to Elizabeth and Allen Fox. The family moved to Phoenix in 1960. Mary attended Camelback High School before graduating from Paradise Valley High School in 1962. She attended Saint Joseph’s School of Nursing, graduating in 1965. Mary was a registered nurse who began her career working for private practice doctors. Mary went on to work in operating rooms at Maricopa County Medical Center, Arizona Spine and Joint, and Mercy Gilbert Medical Center. She retired in 2010 after 45 years in nursing. Mary was known for her playful wit, sense of humor, and infectious smile. She valued keeping in close contact with friends from high school, nursing school, nursing, and those she met along the way. Mary enjoyed traveling and spending time with her family, leaving a smile on the faces of everyone she met. Mary donated her time, volunteering for Arizona Bike Week, Solel Preschool, and Cochise Elementary School, just to name a few. There are many traits she will be remembered for including her generosity, selflessness, compassion, professionalism, and love of having fun!

Mary was preceded in death by her sister Karen Lee Fox, parents Elizabeth and Allen Fox, and husband Norman McPeck. She is survived by her daughter Susan Yaffe (Paul); grandchildren, Ryan McPeck (Dannielle), Sarah Woodward (Zach), Nash Yaffe, and Christina Finley; eight great grandchildren; beloved cat Chewy; sister Linda Kearns (Walter); brother Martin Fox; niece Karen Sundberg; four great nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Mary’s life will be held at a later date.


  • Lori & Greg Davis

    A sweet, outgoing, fun and funny woman. Her loving nature will be dearly missed. Sending much love to her family.

  • Toni and Dani Fasci

    Even though we have never met I have no doubt you are an amazing, loving and beautiful soul. I see that through your daughter and her passion for life. I watched the posts with your grandson and how he adored you. May you spread your wings and be the guardian for your family as this is a tremendous loss.

  • Angie & Scotty

    Susie we are so very sorry. You can never prepare for the loss of a parent. We are hugging you right now. Tightly. Thinking of you and your family. Love you❤️

  • Mary Alice Dyess

    So sad this happened.
    I will miss her.
    I know how much she loved her family….
    Thank you for the information.
    Love to all her family.

  • melanie SWANSON

    so very sorry for your loss heaven got a truly great angel prayers to you all she will always watch over you

  • Tim & Joan McCue

    Mary was a very special lady. In the last 2 years we enjoyed her joining us in our travels. She always had a smile and a laugh. We miss you Mary aka(Foxy).

  • Whoever chose that beautiful picture of my beloved sister Mary Jean, ( (Mare),should be commended,great job in having that on hand, and ur choice in picking it!!
    It is unmeaaureable 2 the amount of people’s lives she touched n her career, and it saddens me that she left 2 soon 4 a new journey

  • Kelly Boudreau

    I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful mother Mary. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this most difficult time. ♥️🙏

  • Sincere condolences on the loss of this wonderful friend and amazing woman..

  • A wonderful lady whose love for all things fun, will be missed. Her laugh and smile will never be forgotten.

  • Heaven has truly gained an Angel! ♥️🙏

  • Truly blessed to have known Mary. I love and pray for you all in this time of loss.

  • Michelle Rubiano

    My deepest condolences for you and your family. My heart aches for you. “May the Angels on the wing of the night hold you close until the morning light.” 💞🙏

  • Wanda & Gary Borman

    We were blessed to have been introduced to such a wonderful fun and loving gal! She made her mark in our memories and will be missed and never forgotten. Rip Mary Jean

  • Susan Fox Crusinberry

    Mary Jean was my father’s first cousin. We always loved her visits back to Indiana. She will be missed. Our love to her family.

  • I feel the need to edit the obituary from the beginning Mary went to St Joseph School of Nursing where she graduated and the top of her class majoring in surgery after graduation she stayed on at St Joes for many years with many doctors requesting her for their surgeries after several years she went to work for dr. Lloyd in Mesa and his private practice. After the doctors in that office retired she then went back into surgery and stayed in that position until her retirement

  • A beautiful lady, inside and out, that I am blessed to have called a friend. My sincerest sympathy to you and your family, Suzy.

  • Losing this truly great lady has been such a shock to all of us . I will miss seeing her posts with her very loved grandson . I will so miss the chance of hooking up and spending time with her and Linda when I come for a visit. It is such a blessing to have been able to spend past times with this fun and dedicated lady. I will treasure our memories forever. God’s blessings to the entire family.

  • Karen Takai and Dani Castioni

    So sorry for your loss Linda and family. I hope I can be of support to you in the days ahead. Love and prayers to all of you.

  • Mary Jo(Moffitt) West

    A wonderful light has gone out of our St. Joe group…Foxy to us she held us all together with news and plans and fun. A phone call with her would lift you up for weeks. I’ll really miss her post with Chewy and Nash…and grieve with all her loved ones…wonderful that it is to have so many memories its a hole that will never be filled. My prayers will continue for you all.

  • Even tho I’ve only known Mary for this past year, she left her mark on my heart. Her fun sense of humor and delight in a new adventure will be missed!

  • I met Mary at AZ Spine and Joint. We felt like old friends from the beginning. She was just at my home this past December for a Christmas open house. She loved my husbands old fashioned eggnog. We could just look at each other and laugh! She was a very special lady and I will be forever grateful our paths crossed and I got to call her my friend. Deepest sympathy to whole family.

  • Denise Castorena

    I’m so sorry for your loss. It looks as though she was a great blessing to you and your family. She will stay in your heart forever!

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