Maureen Diane Preciose

March 28, 1943 - December 2, 2019
Maureen Diane Preciose

Maureen Diane Preciose

March 28, 1943 – December 2, 2019

It is with the greatest sadness that the family of Maureen Diane Preciose announce her unexpected passing at the age of 76 years.

Maureen was born in New York City to Eileen and John Sweeny, and raised by her mother and maternal grandparents.

She was one of the lucky ones who knew her true calling early in life, and so attended the Saint Mary’s Hospital School of Nursing in Hoboken, New Jersey. After that, she attended City University of New York to complete her Bachelor’s Degree. Maureen worked her entire career as a Registered Nurse. She began at St. Mary’s Hospital, then went on to work in a number of hospitals in NJ including North Hudson Hospital, South Amboy Memorial Hospital, and East Orange General Hospital as well as working as a Public Health Nurse in Union City, and as a Nurse Expert Witness in legal cases. After moving to Wilmington, NC with her family, she worked at New Hanover Regional Medical Center until she retired in 2017.

Maureen fought for the things she believed in, and fiercely protected those she loved. She campaigned locally to protect the wetlands and water sheds in Ogden, and served as a volunteer in both of Barack Obama’s campaigns for the Presidency. She was a voracious reader, and enjoyed travel and crafting, and loved going to flea markets and antique auctions. For many years in NJ, she enjoyed bowling with her friends which was always followed by coffee at their favorite diner. Her greatest joy was in spending time with her grandson. She was an amazing woman, wife, mother, grandmother, and friend.

Maureen was predeceased by her parents, her mother-in-law Jennie Di Martine, her cousin Patricia Yankow, her aunt Kathleen Tiernan, and her aunt and uncle Rosemary and Joe Irwin.

To mourn her loss are her husband Joseph Preciose, daughter Jeneen Preciose and grandson Jack Finn Morton, son Michael Preciose and fiancé Jenie Hampel, Dakota Irwin whom she always treated as her godson, goddaughter Rhiannon Bostic, uncle Jim Tiernan, many wonderful cousins including Virginia Donohue, close friends Linda Lanza, Millie Morrison, Karen Carver, Sylvia Troncoso, Grace Hamafey, Kathy Winkel, Callie Everhart, and many, many others.

Services will be held on December 11, 2019 at 11am at Wilmington Funeral Chapel officiated by Certified Life Celebrant Linda Register.

Flowers may be delivered to their chapel. Alternatively, memorial donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital at

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation 1535 S. 41st Street Wilmington, NC 28403  910-791-9099.

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  • December 07, 2019
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  • December 07, 2019
    Virginia Donohue says:
    I am heartsick at the passing of my dear cousin, Maureen, a beautiful person inside and out. Though many miles separated us, we stayed close through texts, phone calls and the sharing of photos. Maureen especially loved updating me on and sending photos of her much-loved grandson, Finn, who brightened her world. Her loving and caring ways was manifested by the noble profession she chose. How perfect she was for it. Her love and interest in others was so sincere and heartfelt. As the saying goes, “Not all angels have wings, some wear scrubs.” I was always so appreciative that Maureen took time out of her busy life to check up on my parents, her Uncle Jim and Aunt Kathleen who loved her very much. Maureen, I will miss our texts, our phone calls, the laughs and memories you shared. I have no doubt that you are being rewarded for the life you led. I will never forget you. May you rest peacefully in the arms of The Lord. . Love, Your Cousin Virginia

  • December 07, 2019
    Jess T says:
    Working with Maureen was such a pleasure. She was sharp and told it like it was. She always asked about my boys and my family, and her interest was genuine. She was small but mighty! She fought hard for what was right for the patients and didn't mince her words! But she was still respectful and spoke with tact. My favorite memories are when she would tell me stories about when she was nursing school. And I loved hearing her laugh! I was so so sad to hear of her passing. My prayers and love are with her family ❤️

  • December 07, 2019
    Millie Morrison says:
    I meant Maureen over 40 years ago when she was working at East Orange General. A group of us at work called ourselves the A Team. We even had sweatshirts made. When she moved south we gave her the nickname of the Southern Belle. The A Team travelled to visit and we had a blast. She was my dearest friend and confidant. I will miss our talks especially about the weather we complaining about the snow storms and her about the hurricanes or just picking up the phone and talking for a couple of minutes. I will truly miss her. Heaven just received another angel.

  • December 05, 2019
    Karen Carver says:
    Maureen, I am so at peace to know that when we talked to each other the night before Thanksgiving that our last words exchanged was a mutual exchange of “I Love You “ before ending our call. Of course you were calling to check on Eli ‘s health and Bernice ‘s health and as usual concerned about all family and friends health or education status. I aspire to be the loving , nonjudgmental person that you were. I can not imagine this world without you You saved so many people at the hospital but you also saved me during a difficult time , 3 decades ago in my l life. My heart has a giant hole for our family for the unexpected loss of such a wonderful wife, grandmother, mother and friend. I will love and miss you forever. Karen