Mary Jayne Hunt
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Mary Jayne Hunt
  • September 30, 1929 - December 3, 2017
  • Rancho Santa Mar, California

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Hunt (Carr), Mary Jayne

September 30, 1929 - December 3, 2017
Mary Jayne Hunt (nee, Carr), age 88, of Rancho Santa Margarita and Garden Grove, CA, went peacefully to our Lord on December 3, 2017 surrounded by her loving family. She will be remembered as a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Mary Jayne now joins in heaven her beloved husband, Ellis Joseph Hunt, and her son Sean Patrick Hunt.

Mary Jayne was born September 30, 1929 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to James and Mary Carr. She was their fourth child and had three sisters and one brother. After graduating from St. Rosalia Academy in Pittsburgh, Mary Jayne attended nursing school at Temple University in Philadelphia. Upon graduation in 1950, she embarked on a remarkable 67-year career as a registered nurse. In 1952, she married naval officer Ellis Joseph "Bud" Hunt, also from Pittsburgh. They moved to Garden Grove, California in 1957 and raised eight children together, until Bud's death in 1986. In addition to seven sons and one daughter, Mary Jayne also raised two grandchildren. She moved with them to Rancho Santa Margarita in 1996 for their opportunity to attend Santa Margarita Catholic High School.

Mary Jayne was the director of nurses at a county-run psychiatric hospital for over 40 years. She dedicated her professional life to the homeless and mentally ill, always insisting that they be treated with dignity and respect. As a result, the hospital she oversaw is well known throughout the county for the excellent medical care its patients receive. Mary Jayne was much loved by her staff as well as her patients. In a profession where the typical staff turnover is about every five years, she managed to develop a loyal and highly professional staff that remained with her for 20-30 years. Up until a year ago at the age of 87, Mary Jayne continued to work several days a week at this same hospital as a consultant.

Mary Jayne is survived by her sons Ellis, Geoffrey, Kevin, Bill (Bill's wife, Marilyn), Brian, Tom (Tom's wife, Debbie), and daughter Marianne. She is also survived by her sisters Amelia and Agnes, 13 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Visitation and rosary will be held at Dimond & Shannon Mortuary, 10630 Chapman Avenue, Garden Grove on Sunday, December 10 from 1-5 PM (rosary at 2 PM). Funeral Mass will be held at San Francisco Solano Catholic Church, 22082 Antonio Parkway, Rancho Santa Margarita on Monday, December 11 at 1:00 PM. Interment will follow at Holy Sepulcher Cemetery, 7845 E. Santiago Canyon Road, Orange.
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