Marie Lillian McBride,

 

October 13th, 1944 – January 5th 2018

 

  Marie Lillian McBride was born as Marie Hollywood on October 13, 1944 at Garfield Hospital in Washington, DC to Walter John Hollywood of Waterbury, Connecticut and Mildred Lillian Maul Hollywood of Buffalo, New York.  She was their only child and grew up in Washington, DC. 

    Marie graduated from Western High School in Washington DC in 1962. She went on to attend George Washington University’s Columbian College from 1962-64, taking college introductory courses and some nursing classes.  She then transferred to Georgetown University in Washington, DC from 1964 – 66, where her major was psychology.  She may have been conferred an A.B. on September 30, 1966.

    Following her education at Georgetown she joined AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America), an organization to help alleviate poverty.  Later she took a counseling job on an Indian Reservation in Montana.  There she met and married William (Bill) Allan McBride Jr.  They were married August 19, 1972.  She became a stepmother to Bill’s two sons Jon Patrick McBride -- then 10 years old -- and Sean Michael McBride -- then 8 years old.  Bill and Marie had a son, James Kelly McBride, on May 18, 1973.  The marriage dissolved in divorce in 1981; both continued living in Butte, Montana to raise their son, Jim.

    Marie worked for over a decade in the Butte, Montana city employment service office.  She also was employed as a medical transcriptionist periodically throughout the rest of her life.

    Marie chose to relocate following some of her son’s military duty station changes in the Marine Corps.  The locations she resided included Newport, NC; Walla Walla, WA; and finally Fredericksburg, VA from approximately 2008 to her death.

    As a baby, Marie was dedicated at St. Mathew’s Catholic Church in Washington, DC but later embraced evangelical Christian beliefs.  She was a woman of strong faith, and throughout her life she was consistently involved in churches and various Bible studies.  She was an avid supporter of Compassion International, and for years she faithfully supported a Bolivian boy, Noel Ramos, born December 18, 1999 to a family of nine children.

    Marie faced many health challenges for an extended period of her life with unwavering grace and strength.  She valiantly battled breast, thyroid, liver and pancreatic cancers for over 17 years.  Marie broke her hip twice, and developed dementia, which led to her residing at Woodmont Center Retirement Home in Fredericksburg for the past 18 or so months.  She likely recently suffered a series of strokes that ushered her to the Gates of Glory on January 5th 2018.  Per her wishes, she will be buried in her beloved state of Montana.

    Marie is survived by her son, LtCol James Kelly McBride (44), and her grandson, Orin James McBride (12).

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