Mrs. Mary Patrick Crow Wagner of Fullerton passed away on January 11, 2018 after a 10-year battle with Alzheimer's disease.
Mary Pat was born May 26, 1927 in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Earl and Helen Crow. Mary Pat attended Saint Catherine University in Saint Paul Minnesota and was valedictorian of her graduating class.
She married William A. Wagner on December 28, 1949 in Minnesota, where they began their family. They moved to California in 1954 where Mary Pat taught English and French at St. Joseph's Catholic elementary school in Long Beach.
In September 1959 they settled in Fullerton, California where education, music and raising a family were her passions. She became the church organist for St. Mary's annex Catholic Church which became St. Juliana Falconieri Church of Fullerton in 1965. She served as organist for 40 years for the choir, and her Catholic faith was very important to her.
Mary Pat was an accomplished artist and created beautiful window paintings every Christmas season. She enjoyed her bridge club, the theater and working with charitable and religious groups such as the Serra Club of Orange County.
She loved to dance, cook and entertain their many friends. She was a true animal lover who gave a home to a number of four legged companions as well.
Mary Pat was widowed in 1988 after 38 years of marriage. She continued to be very active in her community until being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.
She is survived by her siblings, James Crow, Dr. George Crow, Rita Wittman, and Robert (Bob) Crow; her six children: Mark, Stephen and Jim Wagner, Anne Marie (Champion), Janet (Parrill) and Joan (Wismer); and ten grandchildren: David, Patrick, Bradford, Scott, Seth, Amanda, Joshua, Luke, Helena and Matthew.
A special thanks to the entire staff at New Horizon Board & Care and SeaCrest Hospice for their loving care of Mary Pat. Rosary will be 7 PM Mon., Feb. 12th with Mass of Christian burial at 10 AM Tues., Feb. 13th; both services to be held at St. Juliana Falconieri Church, Fullerton.
Published in Orange County Register on Feb. 7, 2018