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Mary Elizabeth McCoy (nee Bain)

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Mary Elizabeth McCoy (nee Bain), age 61, of Woodstock, Georgia passed away on Monday, January 11, 2021.

A 500 page book would not do justice to Mary’s life, much less an obituary.  Respected by her peers, adored by her children and grandchildren, and loved by her friends, Mary had no enemies – except for the Best Buy technician who failed to fix her laptop after several delays.

Whether it was jumping into a chest-deep mud bog in the Santa Elena canyon of the Rio Grande river, rappelling the slot canyons of the northern Arizona mountains, or searching for geocaches all over the continental US, Mary had a zest for life.  Given the choice between traveling the interstate or cruising the side roads, she willingly sacrificed speed for adventure.  Roadside fruit stands, off-the-beaten path diners, and hole-in-the-wall burger joints were her preferred dining venues.  On her refrigerator she kept a Calvin and Hobbes comic strip with the final line, “Let’s go exploring!”

Yet, Mary knew how to savor the small moments in life.  She relished wrapping herself in a blanket and enjoying an early morning cup of coffee on her patio.  She marveled at the blue birds that flocked to her bird feeder.  She reflected quietly on the clouds that drifted by on a warm summer day.

Mary was a pillar of support at her church, Good Shepherd Lutheran.  Over the years she served the congregation in innumerable and immeasurable ways.  She served as congregation President, Council Treasurer, Green Team Coordinator, Youth Mission Trip chaperone, and general friend to all.

Mary was a passionate environmentalist, both large and small scale.  She served on the ELCA Southeastern Synod Green team, formulating synod policy on environmental issues.  She served as the Care for Creation coordinator at Good Shepherd Lutheran.  She recycled voraciously, attempting to diminish her footprint on the world in the totality of her lifestyle.

Mary worked tirelessly for Verizon Wireless for 36 years, retiring in 2018.  Starting her career as an entry level accountant, she eventually became a project manager overseeing the systems interface between users and their technical counterparts.  Her avocational passion was geocaching.  Discovering the hobby in 2016, she loved searching for geocaches, attending geocaching events, and describing her finds to her family.

Mary loved her family and friends fiercely.  She leaves behind a devastated family and plethora of dear friends.  She is survived by her husband of 34 years, Mike, her three children, Penny, Chuck, and Pete, and four grandchildren, McKenna, Ryan, Melanie, and Miranda;  her brothers James, Joe, and Roger Bain; and a vast number of relatives, some of whom she established relationships with after finding them in her genealogy research.  She is preceded in death by her brother Chuck and her parents Jim and Lorraine Bain, both of whom who were decorated WWII veterans.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to either the WASP WWII Museum or the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.  The family asks that you hold your loved ones tight and tell them that you love them every day.

15 Comments To "Mary Elizabeth McCoy (nee Bain)"

Wesley Crochet On Jan 24 2021 at 12pm
We are truly so sorry for this huge loss. Mrs. McCoy and her family will always be our favorite clients. Such amazing pet owners. We will miss seeing her sweet face and kind heart at the veterinary hospital. Much love to the whole McCoy family... Reply to this comment
EHS Class of 2006 On Jan 21 2021 at 2pm
To our classmate Chuck McCoy and Mr. McCoy, we are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Mrs. Mary McCoy. We are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. Chuck, if you need a shoulder to lean on, your Eagles are here to lift you. Mr. McCoy, you were in our life’s from Bascomb, Boston, & ET Booth as a devoted weekly reader in our classrooms. You made our school hallways smile and shine brighter. You taught us that reading could be fun and take us to magical places along the way. Thank you for serving to make Etowah the best possible by working with the Etowah Foundation. Reply to this comment
Tim Huffman On Jan 19 2021 at 7pm
Sweet dreams, old friend. May you find comfort in the loving arms of your Creator. Peace be with you, Mary, and with all of your loved ones. Tim Huffman TJHS Class of 1977 Reply to this comment
Gerry (aka TED) Girouard On Jan 18 2021 at 11pm
My sincerest condolences to Mike, Penny, Pete, and all of the Bain and McCoy families at your sudden and tragic loss of Mary. Mary was a first cousin of Gerry, Terry & Barry Girouard on our mother's (Virginia Bain Girouard) side through our Uncle Jim and Aunt Lorraine Bain's family. Because our dad, Theodor J. (Ted) Girouard, Jr. was in the military (just like Uncle Jim) we didn't see as much of Mary or her brothers (James, Roger & Joe) through the years, but I reconnected when I represented Mom at the funerals of Aunt Lorraine (2014) and Uncle Jim (2015) and I enjoyed sharing family news and Christmas cards with Mary, again. She was the warmest and friendliest lady and I will miss that contact with her and her joy for life. Again, I am so sorry for your (our) loss of this wonderful lady. You will remain in my thoughts and prayers always. Reply to this comment
Lee and Briana Hebeisen On Jan 18 2021 at 12pm
The first thing that pops up in your mind when you hear “Mary McCoy” is her smile that was so big you could barely see her eyes. She was always so full of love and joy for everyone she came into contact with. Grateful to have had her as a neighborhood friend. We are so sorry for your loss and are praying that you feel His love that is so near to you. Reply to this comment
Dan & Lana Muoio On Jan 18 2021 at 12pm
Mike and family we are so sorry to hear of Mary’s passing. Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. Reply to this comment
The Coulter Family On Jan 18 2021 at 12pm
We send our condolences and prayers to your family. We will put up blue bird houses in her honor. We are so sorry for your loss. Reply to this comment
Laura Morris On Jan 18 2021 at 12pm
Austin and I were saddened to hear of Mary's passing. I had the pleasure of meeting Mary when my son, Austin, and Pete played soccer together at NASA. Mary was one of the first parents whom I met. I always enjoyed talking with her at the games. Literally the weekend before Mary's passing, Austin and I were talking about soccer. I was telling him how much fun Mary and I had at a particular game where our team won a PK shootout.... Life is so precious. I am glad that mine crossed paths with Mary's. --To Mike, Pete, and the entire McCoy and Bain families, Austin and I send our heartfelt condolences. We pray that you find peace that surpasses all understanding during this very difficult time. May God continue to bless and keep you. Reply to this comment
Bill and Win Krause On Jan 18 2021 at 12pm
Mary was loved by all fortunate enough to meet her and made this world a better and brighter place. She will be deeply missed. God bless and comfort the McCoy family. Reply to this comment
Steve Schwed On Jan 16 2021 at 7pm
My thoughts and prayers to the MCCoy Family. Mary was loved and admired by many of her coworkers at Verizon. She left a “thumbprint” on everything she did and will be missed Reply to this comment
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