Maria DeBottis Guiffrida, longtime resident of Auburn, passed peacefully on her 95th birthday, July 8, 2017 in Tampa, Fla. with her children by her side. Affectionately known as Mary, she was born July 8, 1922, the eldest child of Anthony and Rose Marie VanAcora DeBottis.
A graduate of Port Byron High School, Mary enlisted in the military service where she proudly served in the Marine Corps during World War II and is honored in the Women’s War Memorial in Washington, D.C. She lovingly raised two children and upon retirement from Auburn Memorial Hospital enjoyed golf and bowling where she was a member of The 600 Club.
Leaving an amazing legacy of family and friendship, surviving are her daughter, Lynn Maggio and her husband, Michael; son, Alfred Guiffrida and his wife, Nancy; grandson, Michael Anthony Maggio; sisters, Philomena Saum, and Josephine Christiano and her husband, J.C.; brothers, Lewis DeBottis and his wife, Mafalda, and Anthony DeBottis and his wife, Norma; sister-in-law, Betty DeBottis, and many loving nieces and nephews.
Mary was predeceased by her brother, Peter DeBottis, and sisters, Rose Halstead, Angelina Keenly and her husband, Harold, and Helen Riccio and her husband, Michael.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017 at White Chapel Funeral Home Inc., 197 South St., Auburn. Mary’s family will receive friends and relatives from 1 to 2:45 p.m. at the funeral home, followed by military honors to be conducted at 2:50 p.m. prior to services.
If you wish to make a memorial donation in Maria’s name, please consider Bon Secours St. Petersburg Health System, 10300 4th St. N., St. Petersburg, FL 33716.