Mary Alice was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Born in Lake City, South Carolina she grew up in Williamsburg County, one of the seven children of her father Robert James Cook and her mother Nancy Juanita Feagin. During World War II, while working in Charleston, S.C., she met her husband Louis Baxter McCaslin, who was then serving in the U.S. Navy as a UDT frogman. As a military family, and later as her husband worked as a manager of Arinc Research, she moved all over the country from Rhode Island, to Virginia, to Hawaii and to California. Eventually she found her last home in Arnold, Maryland. She worked as a clerk in various jobs both in local and federal government finally retiring from the United States Naval Academy. She was an active member of the Scottish-American community in the Baltimore-DC area for many years and a founding member of the Robert Burns Society of Annapolis. Nevertheless, she always thought of South Carolina as her “real” home and kept in contact with an array of relatives whom she loved dearly.
She is survived by her daughter Marianneke Snider, her son Rodney McCaslin, her grandchildren Robert Bruce McCaslin, Sarah Elizabeth Dziennik, and Andrew Calum McCaslin. In her last days her children, grandchildren, their spouses, as well as her five great grandchildren, surrounded her.
A graveside service will be held on Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 11:00 AM, at Cook Cemetery in Lake City, SC.
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