Maria T McDade

Obituary for Maria T McDade

October 3, 1963 - July 27, 2020
Jupiter, Florida | Age 56

Loving mother, wife, daughter and friend to all.


Maria Theresa McDade, 56, of Jupiter, FL passed away July 27, 2020 after battling a lengthy illness. Maria was born on October 3, 1963 to parents Robert and Charlotte Yellets of Conshohocken, PA. Early on she moved to Rahns, PA, where she graduated from Perkiomen Valley High School Class of 1981. She married Scott McDade in 1982 and had son Christopher later that year. Maria is survived by husband Scott McDade of Jupiter, FL, son Christopher McDade of South Lake Tahoe, CA, mother Charlotte Yellets of Jupiter, FL, sister Melissa Forshee of South Coatesville, PA, mother-in-law Patricia McDade of Blandon, PA, and sister/brother-in-laws Ann and Eric Knauer of Blandon, PA and Susan and Chris Hewitt of York, PA, along with many beloved nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father Robert Yellets, father-in-law Michael McDade, Sr., brother-in-law Michael McDade, Jr., and her cherished Yorkshire terrier, Corbin. Maria will be deeply missed by all whose lives she touched.

Maria worked at CertainTeed in Pennsylvania for numerous years where she made many lifelong friendships. After moving to Florida in 1993, she worked in office management and accounting for 20 years until retiring to spend more time enjoying her many hobbies and caring for her mother and aunt. Maria loved and excelled at crafts of all kinds, and was especially skilled in quilting and sewing. Her handmade Christmas stockings and meticulously detailed, highly-personalized quilts are treasured heirlooms among all of her family members. More recently, she took up cycling, a lifelong passion of her son's, and enjoyed near daily rides exploring the backwaters of South Florida. Maria was also fond of auto racing throughout her life, and was in regular attendance at numerous marquee events across the country, including the 12 Hours of Sebring, the Indianapolis 500, and the Daytona 500 and 24 Hours.

Maria loved the ocean and was an avid fisherman and boater, once landing two sailfish in a single day. She appreciated wildlife of all kinds, and black bears, in particular, were her favorite. She loved to travel with her husband and spend time in the mountains. Great Smoky Mountain National Park was one of her favorite places on Earth. Maria and her husband were especially passionate about exploring the country via motorcycle. They traversed most of the East Coast from Niagara Falls to Key West, and every mile of the Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive several times.

Maria's greatest joy was her family. Their happiness was always her number one priority, and she lived to care for and nurture the ones she loved. Later in life she had a particular soft spot in her heart for her young nephew Cooper and his baby sister Vinnie, and she took great joy in following their daily antics. She will forever be remembered as selfless, generous, empathetic, and kind. Maria was a rare truly genuine person, who loved to laugh and never took herself too seriously. Her sweet and lighthearted demeanor immediately endeared her to all who met her.

After a long and arduous struggle with sickness, her family takes solace that she is at peace and no longer in pain. They know that little Corbin will be the first to greet her in heaven, with endless kisses and wagging tail.

Due to current restrictions on gathering, a private family ceremony was held to honor her memory. A celebration of her life will be held in the future for her many friends and family. Maria's wish was to have her and Scott's ashes combined at a later date and released at a place close to their hearts.

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