Mary Garner Vann
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Mary Garner Vann

Vann, Mary "Lee"
Birth: Wednesday, February 04, 1942
Residence: St. Leonard, MD
Death: Monday, November 30, 2020 at the age of 78

Mary "Lee" [Garner] Vann of Saint Leonard, MD, passed away on Monday, November 30,
2020, at the age of 78.

She was born on February 4, 1942, in Washington, DC, to Bernadette [Lange] and William

Lee was married to Robert Vann for 52 years, was the mother of three daughters, and the
rare person who lived life on her own terms.

Lee grew up in Washington, DC and attended
St. Cecelia's Academy (1960). Like her
mother, Bernadette, Lee graduated from Georgetown University. After marrying her
husband Robert, she left life on the Hill to live near the water, start a family, and raise three

During her long career as a radiographer, Lee worked for DC General and the Bowie
Health Center. Physicians frequently sought her advice when making a difficult diagnosis.
Lee was a fan of action movies, and mystery and horror literature. Her favorite author was
Stephen King. Frequently, at home or at work she would often retell the story of a book or
movie she was enjoying. She always promised to not accidentally reveal the ending but in
her excitement she usually did.

Living life on her own terms provided Lee privileged moments with her children and
grandchildren which was one of her favorite activities. In these moments she had a unique
ability to block out the cares of the world and live in the present moment. Shortly after her
first grandchild was born she became "Mammy" and went by this term of endearment for
the rest of her life.

Mary Lee was preceded in death by her parents, Bernadette Jenkins and William Francis
Garner, and her daughter Laura Vann.

She is survived by her husband Robert; her sister Anne Brophy (Joseph); her daughter
Bridget Gorman (William); her daughter Jacqueline Getgen (Jason); and six grandchildren
Bernadette, William, Madeline, Margaret, Sarah, and Katherine.

The family welcomes donations to Calvert Hospice ( as an expression
of sympathy.