December 21, 1956 – Friday, October 19, 2012
Buskey Residence, 921 Circle Drive, Buffalo, MN
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Mary Buskey (Mary Jo as her mother always lovingly called her), age 55, died suddenly on Friday evening in a car accident. Mary was always on the go and always looking for a good cup of coffee and someone to sit beside her and “visit.”
Mary grew up on the streets of Buffalo and told many stories about riding her horse around town. She would talk about having her horse in the back yard and it would look in the window and scare her mom while she was doing dishes. She loved horses and wanted to buy one for her grandchildren. She got a lot of joy knowing her granddaughters went to kindergarten in her old kindergarten classroom. Mary graduated from Buffalo High School. She admitted that she did not want to continue her education and said, “All I could think about was being a mom.” However, her mother, Elsie Anderson was successful in insisting that she complete some sort of job training “just in case.” Mary completed her LPN nurses training quickly and was pregnant with her first child at her graduation ceremony. Over the years Mary said she was thankful for her mother’s wisdom and also so thankful that she loved being a mom even more than she ever imagined she would.
Mary found so much time to enjoy her children and grandchildren and even more remarkably found time for ever so many others. Mary invited many into her home and heart over the years as a foster care provider, often providing hospice care. Mary was intentional about honoring the dignity of life and of death. The care she gave was a team effort and Mary’s family was her team. She often said how proud she was of her family for the love they freely share.
Mary loved the water, shopping, and exploring new places. Mary Jo was a very fashionable grandma that loved a good cup of Starbucks coffee while window shopping for Coach Purses. She had quite a sweet tooth and loved a good caramel. She enjoyed rearranging furniture and looking through home magazines. Her favorite shows were Andy Griffith and Everybody Loves Raymond and her phone even had an Andy Griffith ring tone. She liked the simple life and old fashioned values. She was on a first name basis at her favorite restaurants and Starbucks. She loved to eat out with family but could cook a mean meatloaf and meatballs.
She loved to spend time with family and her greatest joy was to spend time with her grandchildren. She led a selfless life lovingly caring for others because it made her feel good and it was the right thing to do. She was kind with her words but always said what she felt. She was proud of her children and loved them dearly. She was a good Christian example for anyone who met her….she was loved by all. She always laughed with her whole heart and gave you her undivided attention when she was with you. She made the most of the time that she had with people, filling each day to the brim. She lived in the moment. She was always there for anyone who needed her and she always gave her all.
Mary’s friends and family are missing her greatly and also inspired by her to continue her legacy of compassion and generosity. Mary was sister to Karen Sue, wife to Bill, mom to Jon, Katie, Jenny, Ben, Ashley, Bill Jr., Jeremiah, and Elizabeth, and grandma to Shelby, Molly, Anna, Ava, Sophia, Quinten, and Adrianna…and her dog Charlie misses her, too.