Mary McGann was born in St. Louis, Missouri on March 16, 1948 and passed away July 15, 2021 at her home in Patagonia.
Mary graduated with honors from Ft.
Lauderdale High School, where she was an editor of the school newspaper and president of the Latin Club. She
attended the University of Florida where she met George Lakich, a snake-wrangling geologist she would follow out west. Around 1975 they opened Damemian’s West leather shop in Tucson, where Mary honed her leathercraft. They moved to Bisbee and had a son, John.
With John and her dog Heather, Mary
moved to Patagonia in 1980. She opened her own leather business, “La Rosa de Cuero.” She made custom sandals, purses, tooled belts, and holsters. Mary also went to Prescott College and received her bachelor’s degree in art education.
During this time she met the second love of her life, Bobby Basilian. Some may remember Mary and Bobby onstage at the gazebo playing guitars and singing “If you missed the train I’m on, you will know that I am gone / You can hear the whistle blow five hundred miles.” They spent ten happy years together until his passing in the year 2000.
One day in 2002 at the Gathering Grounds, where Mary was endearingly known as Triple Shot for her espresso habit, Dr. Meg Gilbert mentioned being in need of a secretary. Mary knew it was the job for her. Shortly after beginning work, she proudly changed her job title to “Office Manager” and was attentive to a myriad of details. Reflecting on her ten years at the office, Mary wrote “I cared about the patients and loved working with them.”
Mary was a loving mother and friend. She will be remembered for her witty kindness, extremely strong coffee, and love for this wonderful little community.
Mary is survived by her son John Lakich of Hobe Sound, FL.