Mary Denise (McCue) Southgate CICERO, N.Y. — Mary Denise “Denny” (McCue) Southgate, 80, of Cicero, New York, passed away on Saturday, May 9, 2020, at Elderwood Nursing Home in Liverpool, New York. Mary, or “Denny” as she preferred, was born on Sept. 14, 1939, in Rutland, Vermont, to the late Leo and Agnes (Ducharme) McCue. Denny’s grandparents were the late Dennis and Rose (Cassidy) McCue, and Andrew and Lillian (Hope) Ducharme. Denny was a member of Christ the King Church. She graduated from Mount St. Joseph Academy, class of 1957; then graduated from St. Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, class of 1960. After nursing school, Denny enjoyed a 44-year career in Vermont as a registered nurse working in skilled nursing performing the duties of staff nurse, quality control, infection control, employee health, director of Nurse Services and director of Staff Development until her retirement in 2004. In 2013, Denny relocated to Cicero and was a resident of Lucille Manor. She attended St. Joseph the Worker Church, Liverpool, and later took in-resident communion from Sacred Heart Church, Cicero. Denny was a supporter of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. She enjoyed traveling as far away as Hawaii, Germany, Italy and Spain. She was an avid reader of thrillers and mysteries. She enjoyed knitting, game night with residents, watching football (especially her Patriots) and golf (a Tiger Woods fan), and spending time with her family, friends, and precious time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents and grandparents, Denny was predeceased by her sisters, Phyllis Creed and Andrea Elrick; and her brother, Martin “Marty” McCue. Left to cherish her memory are her sisters, Jane Soulia and Martha “Mimi” Tennien, and her brother, John “Jay” McCue; her children, Maureen “Reeni” (Thomas) Cain, Mary “Terri” Crete, Eric Southgate and Carla (Phurriott) Henry; her grandchildren, Ashley (Lema) Carter, Andrew Cain, American Cain, Colleen Crete, Leo Henry, Elliot Henry and Caroline Henry; her great-grandchildren, Gabriel Carter, Camellia Carter and Ashton Bartley-Cain; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends. A memorial service will be held in Denny’s honor at Christ the King Church, Rutland, Vermont, on a date to be determined. In lieu of flowers, Denny’s family requests donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. For more, please visit

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So sorry to hear of Denny's passing. I remember her well so many years ago working with her. She taught me so many things, but mostly kindness. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family. Thanks for the memories and laughs Denny.


Jane, Mimi and Jay, I am so sorry for your loss. Reeni, Terri, Eric and Carla, cherish the memories. Denny and I were born about a month apart. Her family lived across the street from us [the Lovetts]. Denny and I were buddies from childhood through high school. She nicknamed me ‘Abbott’ to her ‘Costello’ because I was tall and she was short. My heart is flooded with memories – the fun, the buddy chats walking to school, the pranks, but most of all the laughter. I miss her. May the angels carry Denny to Jesus. Oh, the reunion she will have with her mom and dad, Phyllis, Andrea and Marty. Rest in peace, Denny.

BJ Costello

Denny watched over myself and 3 brothers on Killington Ave when we were young! Always looked forward to her care-much fun!

A Mitchell

I am so sorry to hear about Denny. I worked with her at Beverly Manor- as I always described her” she is quite a ticket”- her enthusiasm and energy were contagious. My sympathy to all of the family.- Claire Carvey Reed

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