In Loving Memory

Mary F. McDuff

February 28, 1928 - July 22, 2020


Mary F. McDuff died on July 22, 2020 in Fairhope, AL.  After a recent hospitalization, Mary reluctantly left her friends at The Brennity Senior Living Center.  She quietly slipped away from this world, surrounded by family members who were blessed to spend recent weeks visiting with and caring for her.  The family is grateful for the love, stories, and memories, shared with them in recent days.

Born on February 18, 1928 and raised in Bogalusa, LA, Mary attended high school at St. Scholastica in Covington, LA and earned her nursing degree at Hotel Dieu in New Orleans, LA.  Mary worked as a nurse and hospital administrator in Collins, MS.  Future husband, Grover “Buddy” McDuff, noticed Mary while performing his auditing duties at the hospital and made it his mission to meet the lovely young nurse after also observing her during mass at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in nearby Hattiesburg, MS.  Their friendship grew into romance and led to marriage in 1953, followed by the birth of five children and the eventual settling of the family in Pascagoula, MS.

Mary was known for her gentle nature, her devotion as a wife and mother, and her service to her church and community.  Her message to love God and serve others is reflected in the words “Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace” from The Prayer of St. Francis.  She developed life-long friendships as a dedicated member and leader in organizations such as Junior Auxiliary, Alter Society, Scouts, and Anti-Drug programs at the local high school.  She enjoyed social time playing bridge, having coffee chats and luncheons, and enjoying shenanigans with the 20th Century Club.

Every year, Mary and Buddy returned to their honeymoon destination, the Smoky Mountains, to enjoy autumn’s changing colors.  Mary and her six siblings, known as the Silver Seven, were stars of the yearly Krebs family reunion, a weekend adventure featuring Cajun food and music, swimming, games, fireworks, and fun.  The family celebrated Buddy’s birthday at the annual McDuff-A-Thon beach trip, where Mary and Buddy enjoyed watching pelicans and dolphins, the building of great sand castles, and sharing time with their children, daughters-in-law, sons-in-law, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Mary is preceded in death by her parents, Emile and Elizabeth Krebs; husband, Grover Bernard McDuff; siblings, William Emile Krebs, Juanita Marie Fralick, Richard Glen Krebs; and son, Mark Bernard McDuff.

She is survived by her children, Jeffrey (Pam) McDuff, Ann (Gilbert) Perez, Kevin (Lisa) McDuff, Jean (Dennis) Putthoff; daughter-in-law, Candis McDuff; grandchildren, Lela (James) Reyes, Dana (Rich) Wilson, Daniel (Helen) Ramsay, Patrick (Joanna) Ramsay, Roxanna Perez, Gilbert Perez, Ryan (Madison) McDuff, Marcos (Brittani) Perez, Reid McDuff, Derek Putthoff, Madeline McDuff, William Putthoff, Anna Lee McDuff, Jonathan Putthoff; great-grandchildren, Noelani Reyes, Jude Reyes, Chase Wilson, Caden Wilson, Amalia Reyes, Hugo Ramsay, Coley Wilson, Emile Garcia-Perez, Rory McDuff, and Walter Ramsay.

Since we cannot be together at this time, comments and memories posted to will be most appreciated.  A private memorial mass will be streamed from Christ The King Catholic Church in Daphne, AL at 9:45 a.m. on Saturday, July 25, 2020.  Interment at Machpelah Cemetery in Pascagoula, MS will take place at a later date.

Memorials may be mailed to Christ The King Catholic School at P.O. Drawer 1890, Daphne, AL 36526 or made online to Little Sisters Of The Poor, who serve the elderly poor, at

Expressions of condolence for the family may be made at Hughes Funeral Home, 26209 Pollard Road, Daphne, AL, is assisting the family.


  1. Nancy Hahn

    Our sincere condolences are sent to the McDuff family during this time of loss. May the Lord watch over you and bring you peace. God bless you all.

  2. Brenda & Martin Finnegan

    Mary and the whole McDuff family were a big part of our lives in Pascagoula, and we cherish those precious memories. We offer our condolences to the family and regret we cannot do so in person. Please know we are praying for you. We enjoyed the beautiful obituary. How fitting that she and Donna Chandler, both such huge supporters of Sacred Heart, left this Earth just days apart. God bless them, and all of you.

  3. Donna Hamilton

    I never met your mother but I know that she had to be special to raise a son like you you had to be the best manager I’ve ever had and good friend I am so sorry and give my condolences to your family.

  4. Marcia Dale

    Condolences to you, her loving family and many friends.

  5. Chuck Siebenand

    I am so grateful for Mary and the entire McDuff family. They were so welcoming, generous, and hospitable as I arrived in Pascagoula almost 50 years ago. My thankful thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Chuck Siebenand

  6. Chris Flanagan

    So sorry for your loss. Looks liked she had a wonderful life and shared the gifts the Lord had bestowed upon her. May God be with you and your family at this difficult time. Peace be with you.

  7. Linda kaplan

    Mary was a lovely person!! She was my mother’s best friend. These ladies passed within days of each other and I just know they are with God planning a 20th century meeting

  8. Linda kaplan

    Mary was a wonderful woman, loved by all who met her. She was the sister my mother Donna Chandler never had. ironically they passed within a few days of each other I am sure they are with God now planning the next 20th century club meeting

  9. Linda kaplan

    Mary was a wonderful woman she was loved by everyone who met her she was the sister my mother Donna Chandler never had ironically they passed within days of each other I’m sure they are with God now planning the next 20th century club meeting


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