Mary Evelyn (Faitoute) Northover, age 82, died on Friday, July 17, 2020 surrounded by her family. She was born and raised in Summit, NJ. Mary was married to Thomas Joseph MacDonnell, with whom she had five daughters and lived in New Providence, NJ. In 1978, she married William R. Northover and moved to Morris Township, NJ. Mary’s husband, William, died in 1988. She moved to Brevard, NC in 1996, where she lived for 22 years before moving to Madison, NJ to be close to her family.
Mary graduated from Summit High School in Summit, NJ, in 1955. She went to nursing school at St. Barnabas Medical Center for her LPN in the early 1970s and later earned her RN. She worked as a nurse at St. Barnabas, Morristown Memorial Hospital, and the VA Hospital at Lyons. She became a paralegal and worked on medical malpractice cases at Riker-Danzig in Morristown.
Mary loved the Great Smokey Mountains of North Carolina. While living there, one of her greatest joys was the Brevard Music Center, where she volunteered and enjoyed great music. She was an avid photographer of nature and a voracious reader. Mary was a gifted knitter and enjoyed the friendship of her knitting circles over the years. She created exquisite blankets, sweaters, scarves, etc. for her family and herself. Mary volunteered as a tutor at the Rise & Shine after school program in Brevard where she encouraged and loved her “young scholars.”
Mary was one of three children born to Evelyn Eugenie (Oaks) and William Everard Faitoute. Her sister, Eugenie (Faitoute) Fox passed away in 2011. She is survived by her brother, William Richard Faitoute, her children and their partners, Janet MacDonnell, Mary Evelyn (MacDonnell) Northridge and John Duane, Virginia (MacDonnell) Topf and Howard Topf, Elaine MacDonnell, Christine (MacDonnell) Doblar and Mario Farfan. She is also survived by her eleven grandchildren, Eric Ost, Julie (Ost) Lane, Jennifer Northridge, Jessica Northridge, Trevor Topf, Spencer Topf, Amelia Powers, Jack Dimeo, Dylan Doblar, Brooke Doblar and Kiley Doblar, and their families, as well as seven great grandchildren, dear cousins, nieces and nephews and friends.
A private service and burial will be held at Fair Mount Cemetery in Chatham, NJ. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Rise & Shine/Neighbors In Ministry, PO Box 1036, Brevard, NC 28712.
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