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Margaret (Dolly) Trumbo McGrail

September 9, 1935 - January 4, 2024

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Margaret “Dolly” (Trumbo) McGrail, a longtime Taylor resident, passed away Thursday afternoon at Regional Hospital of Scranton.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband and best friend, Joseph “Joe” McGrail, who passed away on December 12, 2019. They were married for 58 years.

Born in Scrnton on September 9, 1935, she was the daughter of the late Henry & Lillian (Hall) Trumbo.

She worked in the garment industry, as well as serving as a school crossing guard for the original Taylor Elementary School before retiring from BOSS (Bob O’Leary Sports Supplements). After retiring from BOSS, she enjoyed working at her daughter Mary’s store, “Candy Bouquet”, along with her sister, Sue. The two sisters working together were actually like “two kids in a candy store”. They were scolded, jokingly, by the boss many times.

Dolly always kept busy. Whether cooking, baking, cleaning (had to have spotless windows!), she was always on the move. If Tom or Kath were cutting the grass, she would be out there raking and sweeping or as Ed would say, “Supervising.” After Joe passed, she would spend time in the Spring & Summer tinkering around in the garage. She would be sorting and separating the many, many tools Joe accumulated over the years.

She enjoyed watching her daughter Kathy play basketball and enjoyed their Saturday morning shopping trips. After Joe passed, she looked forward to 4 o’clock mass, dinner, coffee & dessert with Kathy and her husband Ed.

Her night cap, as Ed called it, was the “The Scratch Off Party.” She loved her scratch off lotto tickets. The Pennsylvania Lottery just lost one of its most loyal fans.

She also enjoyed attending her sons’, Tom and Joe, sporting events, from Little League to High School Baseball & Basketball games. She loved cooking for them, no matter what time, day or night (always more than they could eat).

She adored her son-in-law Ed. He called her “The Little Lady,” which always made her smile. Becoming close when she had a health issue in 2022, he became her loyal chauffeur to appointments. She always felt comfortable talking to him and he had a way of making her feel at ease. He would tell her as Padre Pio would say, “pray, hope & do not worry.”

Dolly touched the lives of so many. To know her was to love her, and as she reunites with Joe she’s also at peace knowing the amazing legacy she nurtured and leaves behind. She will be forever missed by her loved ones and friends.

She is survived by her loving children, Mary McGrail of Taylor; Kathy Ameika and husband Ed of Duryea; Joseph McGrail Jr. & wife Kathy of Dickson City; Tom McGrail & his companion Michelle DeAntona of Taylor; a step-grandson, Dan Capwell and wife Jessica of Old Forge, with the couple expecting Dolly’s first great grandchild who is on the way; and many nieces and nephews.

The last of the Trumbo siblings, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Dorothy Bates and Lillian “Sue” Zimmer, and her brother, Hank & George Trumbo.
A Funeral Mass is scheduled for Thursday at 10:00 AM at St. Ann’s Basilica, West Scranton, to be celebrated by Rev. Mchael Bryant. Those wishing to attend the funeral are asked to go directly to the church.

Family and friends may pay their repects on Wednesday between 4-7:00 PM at the Thomas P. Kearney Funeral Home, Inc., 517 North Main Street, Old Forge.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Animal Griffin Pond Shelter c/o 967 Griffin Pond Rd, South Abington Township, PA 18411.