Mary Day McArthur Lander

Published 10:18 am Wednesday, September 17, 2014

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Mary Day McArthur Lander, 81, passed away on September 13, 2014 at We Care Hospice in Moss Point after a lengthy illness.  She was born to John McArthur and Mamie Day McArthur in Moss Point, MS on May 20, 1933.

Day graduated from Moss Point High School in 1951 where she was active in the band and chorus.  It was at school that she met the love of her life “Jack” whom she married on July 24, 1953.  She maintained to the end that she had been in love with Jack since she was 12 years old.

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An only child, Day was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband of 60 years, Frederick H. “Jack” Lander.  She is survived by her children, John Frederick Lander from Moss Point, David Malcolm and Audrey Cibula Lander from Picayune, MS, Rebecca Susan and Jerry Gorski from Yulee, FL, and Lisa Ellen and Steve Pittman from Pascagoula, MS.  Grandchildren: Jason M. Krebs (Nicole), Margie Krebs Young (Jeff),  Jodie Gorski McKenzie (Chuck), Amanda Lander McFadden (Robert), Emily Lander, Matthew Lander, Lauren Lander,  Anna Lander, Rebecca “Becca” Pittman, and Robert Pittman.  Great Grandchildren: Jackson Krebs Young, Emma Katherine Young, Robert “Bo” McFadden, Elias A. “Eli” McFadden, William Frederick McFadden, Mary Isabella “Bella” McFadden, Hannah Elizabeth McFadden, Avery Kate McKenzie and Parker McKenzie.

Day was a member of Clan McArthur Society for many years and a founding member of CAA USA (Clan Arthur Association of USA) hosting the clan tent at many Highland Games throughout the years.  Day was also a long time member of the Gesellschaft Mobile/Worms German Society, and Writers Unlimited.

Day was involved the Pas-Point Little Theater for many years appearing in such roles as Aunt Eller (Oklahoma), Nurse Ratched (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest) and many others.  Day was also active in the Singing River Chorale up until the time of her illness this year.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at Heritage Funeral Home in Escatawpa, MS from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.  Rosary will be recited at 7:30PM.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, September, 18, 2014 at Our Lady of Victories Catholic Church in Pascagoula, MS beginning at 10:00am with Father Tony Arguellas officiating.  The family will receive friends for one hour prior to the service.  Interment will be held in Griffin Cemetery in Moss Point, MS.  In lieu of flowers the family request donations be made to the Clan Arthur Association of USA, Robert W. Arthur, 613 W. Edwards St. Princeton N.C., 27569, St. Vincent de Paul of Our Lady of Victories Parish, or the Historical and Genealogy Society of Jackson County.

Heritage Funeral Home in Escatawpa, MS is in charge of arrangements.  You may view and sign the online register book for Mary Day McArthur Lander at