Mary McCleary has always had a passion for the health profession. She began her career as a registered nurse at San Joaquin General Hospital in French Camp, working there for 25 years. She also served as a registered nurse with Doctors Hospital of Manteca for 15 years.
Mary may have officially retired from nursing but she has never quit nursing. She has demonstrated a relentless ability to care for people in a loving and compassionate way regardless of the severity of the malady. Mary could be found administering to all who were in need, and was a tireless advocate on patients behalf.
Through her efforts as a Family Volunteer of Hospice for nine years, Mary continues to visit terminally ill patients. She provides companionship, answers questions, and aids entire families through difficult transitions. Mary also volunteers at the Delta Blood Bank by serving juice and cookies to donors.
Mary serves on the Ministry of Consolation and Bereavement Team at St. Anthony’s Church. Members of this group serve as greeters at funeral masses and pass out brochures. They also follow-up with families to offer guidance through the bereavement process. Mary can also be found at the Church on Friday afternoons passing out food and clothing through the St. Vincent de Paul charity. This allows her to provide one-on-one contact with the needy members of the Manteca community.
Even now in the later stages of her life, Mary shows no sign of slowing down. She is up early and off for a walk, attending mass, or checking on and visiting with patients. You may also find her at the bowling alley, polishing up her game.
Many have referred to Mary McCleary as a modern day Florence Nightingale.