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February 27, 2019
Mary Louise Ray DeMarco, age 75, of Ostrander, died Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at her home. A cosmetologist who began her career in 1966, she operated several salons over 25 years. A historian for the Ohio State Board of Cosmetology, she also was an educator in the cosmetology industry and was known as a “master” of the trade. She was a former judge of the Miss Illinois pageant. Later in her career, she was an interior designer for many salon businesses. She loved gardening, cooking and entertaining. Above all, she was a devoted wife and a proud mother and grandmother. She was born Christmas Day, December 25, 1943 in Marytown, West Virginia to the late Alvin Charles and Icey Sutherland Ray. She was also preceded in death by her siblings, Beatrice Thompson, Cody Ray, Luke Ray, Connie Cage, Don Ray, Mont Lee Ray, Charlene Gallo, Pearl Craft, Randy Ray and Delmar Ray. She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Vincent R. “Vince” DeMarco whom she married June 8, 1973 in Niles, Illinois; three sons, Don P. “Oscar” Atkins, Jr. of Ostrander, Rodney A. (Sara) Atkins of Jupiter, Florida and Anthony M. (Karen) DeMarco of Westerville; her grandchildren, Anthony L. Forcum, Maxwell C. Atkins, Gabrielle J. Atkins, Anthony M. DeMarco, Jr. and John Vincent DeMarco; her great-grandchildren, Hunter Christopher Forcum and Colt Lee Forcum; her siblings, Nellie Manning of Jacksonville, Florida, Jan Sager of Baltimore, Maryland and Patricia Mineo of Sugar Hill, Georgia; her sister-in-law, Gloria (Robert) Pascente of Arizona; many nieces, nephews and other relatives and dear friends, including Joe and Mary Lee Powell. The family will hold private services. Interment will be held at a later date in Queen of Heavens Cemetery in Hillside, Illinois. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.underwoodfuneralhome.com.
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