Mary was born in Newark, New Jersey and lived most of her life in Irvington and then Maplewood before moving to Brick in 2002. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Montclair State University. She was employed by the County of Essex in the human resource office, where she was the training coordinator. She also worked for 25 years at Kings Supermarket at the Cooking Studio. Mary had a thirst and passion for food and wanted to share the knowledge with others. After retiring, she initiated and presented a lunch and learn program in Greenbriar II. Her spouse, Edward, predeceased her in 2011.Mary is survived by her three sons, Edward Jr., Stephen, and Philip; three grandchildren, Candice, Philip Jr., and Tarra; and great granddaughter, Jordyn.