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 06, 2019
    Lena says:
    Maureen, it was a blessing to know you and to work alongside you. You were such an intelligent, kind, energetic woman. You have touched many lives and will be fondly remembered. May you rest in peace.

  • December 06, 2019
    Clara says:
    Maureen was one of a kind. Her warm heart and spunky attitude set her apart from the rest in the CCU. She, indeed, fought for those she cared for. She was always thinking of others. Maureen took me under her wing when I was pregnant with my first child. She would bring me many newspapers’ worth of diaper coupons and other misc baby items. She would often surprise me at work with a toy Finn had outgrown. My children knew her by name. “Miss Maureen gave you guys another toy!” She was selfless and warm. Many lovingly called her ‘Mom’. I am so sad to hear this news. We will miss you.

  • December 05, 2019
    Bernice and Wayne Carver says:
    We are so sadden by the passing of Maureen. She was such a wonderful, caring person to our daughter and our Grandchildren. She always wanted the best for their life and future. She was more a Grandparent to them instead of a Cousin. We loved her and she will be greatly missed by all who knew her.