Mary Lorraine Predny - 48
Mary Lorraine Predny, beloved mother of her dog Luey, daughter of Faye, sister of Robin, Laura, John (Staci), and Emily (Colin), aunt to Raina, Shane, Tristan, and Veronica, has gone to be with her father, Robert, and her brother, Chris, along with her beloved grandparents, her aunts, and uncles. Mary was born to Faye and Robert Predny on Dec. 21, 1974. She graduated from Marian Catholic High School, where she played baritone as a member of the award-winning Marian Catholic HS band. She received a BS from the Univ. of Tenn and marched in the Univ. of Tenn. Band. Mary received an MS in horticulture therapy from Virginia Tech. She settled in Floyd, VA in 2009. She played banjo and fiddle at the Floyd Country Store and neighboring festivals and was an organic vegetable vendor at the Floyd Farmers Market for many years. Mary’s sister posted: It is with very heavy hearts that we sit here today missing a piece of us. They say that losing a sibling is like losing a limb, and that is a very appropriate saying for my sister Mary. If you knew my sister Mary, you would know that she did amazing creative things with her limbs. She danced joyfully. She made beautiful music with her baritone, guitar, and banjo. She farmed the land and grew delicious produce to sell at the farmers’ market. She created magical things with a sewing machine, knitting needles, and jewelry pliers. If you knew my sister Mary, you also would know that she used those limbs fearlessly. She bungee jumped. She repelled down mountainsides. She climbed the peaks of mountains where the tree roots were bigger than her body. If you knew my sister Mary, you also would know that she used those limbs intelligently. She designed her own prom dress (twice!) from thrift store finds. She played the meanest game of Boggle this side of the Mississippi. She looked up at the skies and learned about the stars and the planets and the moon phases. If you knew my sister Mary, you also would know that her limbs couldn’t support all that intelligence, fearlessness, and creativity. She struggled with her back and her legs in the past few years. She attempted, with great courage and determination, to navigate life without the use of some of her limbs. If you knew my sister Mary, you especially would know that Mary wouldn’t want you to remember her like that. She would want you to remember her walking through the fields of her farm, her dog Luey running up ahead of her, chasing deer. She would want you to remember her dancing at the Floyd Country Store, her heels and toes click clacking on the wooden dance floor. She would want you to remember her standing at her farmers’ market stand greeting customers who were looking for some goodies from Ms. Merry Peas farm. She would want you to remember her, joyful, laughing, eyes bright, a witty or insightful or thoughtful comment leaping from her tongue. Mary says that our souls chose to journey through this life together, and our spirits will meet again in eternity. A memorial to celebrate Mary’s life will be held on May 20, 2023, in the Chapel at Marian Catholic High School, 700 Ashland Avenue, Chicago Heights, IL. The gathering will begin at 10:00 am with a Memorial Service at 10:30am.
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