Mary Virginia (Schroeder) Axford, 61, passed away peacefully at her home on September 12, 2018 after a valiant battle with cancer. Mary was born on October 25, 1956 in Reform, AL. She was the youngest of three children born to Eleanor and Paul Schroeder. She graduated from Owensboro High School in 1974. Shortly after, she met the love of her life, Harry Axford, and was married 6 short months later at Settle Memorial United Methodist Church of Owensboro. Four years later they welcomed their first of three sons, Matthew, followed by Jay and Casey. Mary and Harry have made their home in Scottsdale for the past 22 years. It was here where Mary loved creating a safe and loving environment that her children would always call home. Prior to living in AZ, Mary lived in Naperville, IL; Plymouth, MN; Milwaukee, WI; Jasper, IN; Owensboro, KY and Evansville,IN. Throughout the years, Mary always connected with children, her own,their friends, and others in the community. She organized the Hot Lunch Program at White Eagle Elementary in her neighborhood, served on the board of Naperville Youth Football League, and in recent years, set up the library at Archway Classical Academy in Scottsdale and worked as the school librarian. Mary supported her son, Casey, through 4 battles with leukemia and throughout the years ran TeamCasey, a non-profit that raised funds to provide activities for children going through cancer treatments at local Arizona children's hospitals. Mary was most excited to become Grandmere to her grandkids Colin (10), Gianna (8),Ethan (5), Andrew (3), and Annabel (1). Alongside her family, Mary enjoyed boating, entertaining, cooking and baking. Mary was predeceased by her son, Casey, and her mother, Eleanor Schroeder. She is survived by her husband Harry; sons, Matthew (Gina) and Jay (Sara); five grandchildren; father, Edward Paul Schroeder; sister, Cathy Sanford (Edwin); and brother, Paul. All services will be held at Messinger Pinnacle Peak Mortuary, 8555 East Pinnacle Peak Road, Scottsdale. Visitation will be Friday September 14, 6-8pm. The Memorial Service will be held Saturday, September 15th at 11am, with a Celebration of Life held immediately after at Mary's home.
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