A native of Fort Washington, Mary credits her parents and maternal grandparents with teaching her kindness, compassion and generosity. She is the eldest of Michaelina and Michael D’Elia’s five children, and the eldest of 35 grandchildren. Mary attended school in the Philadelphia area, then began working as a dental manager and, in conjunction with her sister Fran, operating an ice cream shop called “The Mary Go Round.”
After marrying her husband, Phil, in 1970, Mary moved to Scranton for what was deemed a “temporary stay.” Now, nearly 50 years later, Mary and her family call the area their home. She cherishes time spent with her family, especially her son, Philip, daughter-in-law, Stacy, and Stacy’s son, Jeremy, and enjoys hosting Sunday supper for family friends. Christmas is one of Mary’s favorite holidays, and, to celebrate the season, she ends each year by decorating 13 Christmas trees in her home and holding a holiday party for over 150 guests.
Mary and her husband own P&M Associates Inc., one of the first companies in the nation to partner with a major department store to offer cabinet refacing. The company has been a recipient of major awards for quality customer service and installations, and Mary played an important role in creating a QED (Quality Every Day) program that now sets the standard for the national installation program. Today, they work with Home Depot while also selling and installing kitchens on their own.
A dedicated community advocate, Mary gives generously of her time to many area non-profits. She serves on the boards of the American Red Cross, Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic League, La Festa Italiana and UNICO Scranton Chapter, where she is a past chapter president. Mary also serves on the Jermyn Lions Club and the committee for the Capt. James R. Minicozzi 5K, as well as on the advisory boards for Meals on Wheels and the Scranton Cultural Center. Mary is a former board member of the Anthracite Historical Discovery Center. She also has participated on the Keystone College advisory board, the Better Business Bureau, the Sacred Heart of Mary Church’s Stewardship Committee and its Bereavement Committee, of which she is a past chair. She and her husband formed the Jermyn Variety Show, which benefits several organizations.
Mary has been recognized for her outstanding dedication to the community and was named the 2016 “UNICAN of the Year.” A breast cancer survivor, Mary previously received the Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s Gallery of Hope recognition. She also has been named a “Northeast Woman” by The Scranton Times-Tribune and has received “The Chapel of the Four Chaplains Humanitarian Award,” the Jermyn Volunteer of the Year Award and the American Red Cross Hero Award.