Mary Joanne Trice 75, of Harrington, DE passed away peacefully on Thursday June 17, 2021 with her children at her side. Mary was born March 22, 1946 in Pipestone, Minnesota to Joseph Bruns and Nellie Doughty Bruns (Dolbow).
Mary was raised in Anchorage Alaska and moved to Delaware in 1957. She graduated from Felton High School in 1964. She married William Trice in 1965. In 1974, Mary and her family moved to Colorado Springs where she and her husband graduated from Nazarene Bible College. They returned to Delaware in 1976 and made it their family home.
Mary had a long and distinguished career with the United States Air Force. She enlisted in the Air Force Reserves in 1980 as an Operations Resource Management Program Manager for the 512th Military Airlift Wing in the Flight Operations Center. She retired from the Air Force Reserves after 21 years of dedicated service at the rank of Master Sergeant. Her military decorations and awards include the Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal, Outstanding Unit Award, Air Force Longevity Service Award Ribbon, Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Military Education Graduation Ribbon and Air Force Training Ribbon.
Mary also proudly served as a Civil Servant at Dover Air Force Base as a Management Assistant for the 436th Maintenance Group, Quality Assurance Office. She retired in 2017 after 31 years of faithful service. Mary received the Outstanding Civilian Career Service Award in addition to countless other certificates, awards, citations and letters of appreciation and gratitude.
Mary welcomed every opportunity to serve and support her community. Actively involved with Harrington, Greenwood, Felton Centennial Rotary Club, First State Military Women Warriors, Felton High School Alumni Assoc, Pilgrim Chapel, and American Legion Post 7, just to name a few.
Mary is survived by her loving children, Lisa Trice of Milford and William “Roger” Trice, Jr. of Laurel, grandchildren Heather (Jeremy), Melissa (Scot), Rachel (Daniel), Dalton, Bobby, Amanda (Stevie), Matthew (Brittany) and Emily; great-grandchildren Jordan, Jocelyn, Jaelynn, Ryan, Logan, Riley, Brailyn, Levi and Easton; sisters Betty Munguia, Patricia Reh, and brother Albert W. Dolbow, Jr. and many cherished nieces, nephews and friends who will always be considered family.
Mary lived an amazing life filled with joy, laughter, adventure and love. A woman of faith, a loving devoted mother and adoring grandmother whose legacy will live in the hearts of all who loved her. Predeceased by her parents Joseph Bruns and Nellie Doughty Bruns Dolbow; sister Carol Jean Miller, brothers Daniel Bruns and Thomas Bruns and special friend and companion Ed Wood.
A life so beautifully lived deserves to be beautifully remembered. The family will receive visitors Saturday June 26, 2021 from 10:00 am - 12:30 pm at Pilgrim Chapel, Harrington, followed by funeral services at 12:30 pm. Interment with military honors will follow immediately after at St. Johnstown Cemetery, Greenwood, DE. Arr. by Lofland Funeral Home, Milford. Letters of condolence may be shared with the family at www.loflandandmcknatt.com
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