Mary (Walton) Markum

July 24, 1943 ~ January 5, 2024 (age 80) 80 Years Old

Mary Markum Obituary

On the 5th day of the New Year 2024 with her loving family by her side, Mary (Walton) Markum was released from captivity of the disease known as Alzheimer's. Her spirit is now free to continue her wanderlust journey without intrusion to the stars and beyond.

Mary was born July 24, 1943 to Emilie & Joseph Walton. Mary was raised in Booneville, NY and upon graduation from Adirondack Senior High, Mary moved to the big city of Syracuse, NY to begin her career with the John Deere Corporation. Over the next 35 years Mary traveled across the U.S. where she was a C-Suite staple. Mary's precision to detail and aptitude for excellence in every project assigned are just a few of the qualities that established her as a valued member of the John Deere Senior Manage Team. Mary retired in 2000 at the age of 56 as the Executive Assistant to the President of John Deere.

So began the second act of Mary's life, one in which she would plan and execute to near perfection. Her first decision which was researched diligently but strongly discouraged by family members was to build a home in the "swamps" of Florida. That swamp turned out to become The Villages retirement community. Mary would go on to build and sell multiple homes in The Villages as it expanded to its current population of nearly 100, 000.

As a true snowbird, Mary would winter in the Villages to enjoy her love of Golf (2 Witnessed Holes in One), Clogging, Pickleball and of course, Happy Hour in the Square. Mary spent Summers in various locales over the years, Cherokee Lake, TN, Owasco Lake in Auburn and the Village of Fayetteville, NY.

Mary's legacy was one of vision, many of her attributes were ahead of her time. Such as making sure the family vacationed yearly, she was an accomplished runner before running & road races were in vogue. Lastly as an energetic fitness enthusiast, she would make any instructor proud. Mary always had a keen sense of fashion, which could be described as sharp, simple & fresh. Never overdressed nor underdressed more likely appropriately dressed. This aptitude carried over into the boardroom where she would point out the appropriate length of someone's tie, color of a suit or the style of shoe. In fact it was common place for members of Sr management to confer with Mary prior to entering a meeting, "Mary, how do I look?"

Mary is predeceased by her parents Joseph & Emilie Walton, brother, Joseph and her partner, Walter Lee Chapman.

Left to carry on Mary's legacy are daughters, Lisa (Gerald) Susko of Fayetteville, NY, Paula Saya (Michael Herholtz) of Hastings, NY, granddaughter, Sienna Marie Susko of Henderson, NV, grandsons, Christopher Saya of Haverstraw, NY, Joseph Saya of N.Syracuse, great grandson, Carson Saya of N. Syracuse, sisters, Rebecca Deis of Woodgate, NY, Ann Warner of Portsmouth, Va and many nieces and nephews.

The family would like to extend love and thanks to her care givers since her diagnosis for the compassion extended to both Mary and the family. Thank you so much Dionne, Joan and Sharon From the Brookdale Community. The family would like to express appreciation to Dr Timothy Creamer & the staff of Upstate University's Hospital to Home Program and the Central New York Hospice Team. The family would also like to acknowledge Dr. Christopher Adiletta of CNY Family Care and Alyssa Grzeskowiak AGNP-c of Upstate University Geriatrics for their guidance during this most arduous journey.

In memory of Mary's life, the family would like to encourage you to use kindness and compassion in your everyday lives. In the words of Jesus Christ; "do unto others as you would have them do to you". God Bless Mary Margret Walton, you will be greatly missed, but forever in our Hearts. Amen

As per Mary's wishes funeral services will be private.

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