SANFORD — Mary McKay Carey, 72, of Sanford, passed away Sunday (04/18/21) at Central Carolina Hospital.

Mary was born March 30, 1949, in Lee County, to Neill and Mary McKay. Mary graduated from Central Carolina Community College with an associate’s degree. She worked as a detention officer with the Lee County Sheriff’s Department before retirement.

Mary was the beloved wife of Jackie Lee Carey. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Neill Alford McKay, Preston Lee McKay and Ronnie R. McKay; and one nephew, Gregory Neill McKay.

She was the beloved sister to Doris Rouse (Max), Connie McKay Fallin, Robert Michael McKay (Kathy Miller) and Johnny Ray McKay; also survived by nieces, Martha Kay Rouse Swindell (Scott), Judy Carol Medley, Devin McKay and Dacia McKay; and nephews, Brent Alan Fallin, Richard Steven Rouse, Charles Daniel Rouse, Jody McKay and Matthew McKay.

A memorial service will be planned at a later date.

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