Mary Colleen Grady, 57

Mary Colleen Grady, 57, of Lewes, Del., passed away at home on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019. She was born on July 24, 1962, in Atlantic City, N.J., daughter of Annabelle Boire and the late Joseph Grady.

Grady graduated in 1980 from Dickinson High School in Wilmington, Del. She enjoyed a lifelong career as a cosmetologist, specializing in nail art, hair styling and design for 26 years, with her loving mother at the family-owned business, Boire’s Hair Designs & Day Spa in Rehoboth Beach, Del.

Locally, she was also an event coordinator for Angola by the Bay. In her early years, Grady was a model and baton-twirler, and was named 1969 Atlantic City Princess of the Children’s Parade. Her passions included tole painting, going to the beach or pool, and soaking in the sun. Grady was a dedicated mother to her daughter, Alyce Danielle Grady, including being a Girl Scout Cookie mom. Grady had a contagious laugh and infectious smile that will be missed by all who knew her.

In addition to her father, Grady was preceded in death by her stepfather, Stanley Boire, and stepsister, Jayla Boire. She is survived by her daughter, Alyce Danielle Grady of Lewes; her mother, Annabelle Boire of Lewes; her stepmother, Diane Grady of Egg Harbor Township, N.J.; her stepsisters, Paula Dougherty of Linwood, N.J., and Susie Yates of Bear, Del.; her uncle, Philip Gaffney Jr. of Somers Point, N.J.; her aunts, Kathleen Gaffney of Glen Ridge, N.J. and Mary Jane Rodowicz of Anaconda, Mont.; a nephew, Kyle Wanstall of Bear; her nieces, Meghan Dougherty of Linwood, Shannon Dougherty of Linwood and Rachel Theden of Bear; and her cousins, Nicole Ott, Philip Gaffney III, Bruce Crescenzo, Brian Crescenzo, Steven Benyo and Kristen Gerard.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, Dec. 13, 2019, at 11 a.m., with visitation starting at 10 a.m., at Epworth United Methodist Church, 19258 Holland Glade Road, Rehoboth Beach, Del. Interment will immediately follow at Epworth Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Epworth U.M. Church; 19258 Holland Glade Rd.; Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971. Arrangements were by Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, Lewes, Del. Condolences may be sent online at