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ARLINGTON, VA - Mary "May" F. Coury Adams of Arlington, VA, age 98, passed away peacefully in her sleep at home on December 17, 2017.
Mary was born in Lawrence, MA on June 3, 1919 to immigrant Lebanese parents, Assad and Mary (Salem) Coury. The family resided at 107 Amesbury Street. Following high school graduation, she joined the Navy and proudly served her country for three years during World War II. After her discharge, she attended American University in Beirut, Lebanon, graduating in 1954 with a BA degree in Pre-Law and Middle East History. Her career and life adventures then began when she met her husband, Benjamin Adams, Jr. en route to her first civilian employment in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia with Aramco, a world-wide energy company. They resided in Saudi for 30 years traveling the world on all vacations and holidays. Upon retirement in 1986, they relocated to Arlington, VA where they were active members of the St Thomas More Cathedral parish. Mary enjoyed participating as a choir member choir member for 25 years and her most cherished memory was singing with the St Thomas More choir in 2001 for Pope John Paul II at the Vatican.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Ben, in 2008 and her daughter Diana in 1958, her parents, Assad and Mary, her brothers, Frank and Sam Coury, her sisters, Lenda Coury, Olga Coury Makrecky and Helen Coury Wesela, cousins, Joseph and Nancy Azzi and Msgr. James T. Khoury. She is survived by her brother, Alphonse Coury, her nieces, Sheryl Coury and Mary Wesela and numerous other nieces, nephews and cousins.
A mass of Christian Burial was said on December 29, 2017 at St Thomas More Cathedral, Arlington, VA and interment followed at Columbia Gardens Cemetery, Arlington, Va. Mary's Navy service was recognized by two Navy personnel attending the graveside service, playing of Taps, and presenting to her family the United States flag which draped her coffin.
A Forty Day Mass will be said on Sunday, January 28, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. at St Anthony's Maronite Church, 145 Amesbury Street, Lawrence. A coffee and pastry reception will follow.
Published on January 26, 2018
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