Maye Adornetto

Maye Adornetto passed away peacefully on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020, at the age of 95. She spent her final days in the company of her large and loving family, a true testament to her legacy.

Maye, or “Mimi,” as she was known to her grandchildren, was born in 1925, in Buffalo, New York. She was the third of nine girls born to Angeline and Natale Modica.  Maye and her eight sisters would remain forever close, providing the foundation for her own family.

Maye met her eventual husband Joseph Adornetto as a teenager, and they married in 1948 in Buffalo. After a stint in Alabama for graduate school, Maye and Joe settled in upstate New York, where they started a family. Soon after, they welcomed three daughters Debra Jo, Susan Lynn and Joan Marie.

In 1961, Maye inspired the family to move west to California, in search of a warmer climate and more opportunity. Their fourth child David Joseph was born in in 1962. 

After short periods in Carlsbad and San Jose, the family settled in Santa Barbara in 1964, where Maye and Joe would remain for 25 years, raising their family and helping to build their local community. Maye fondly referred to Santa Barbara as home, even after they moved away.

In 1989, Maye and Joe retired and moved to Ocean Hills, California, to be nearer to family.

In addition to raising her own children, Maye worked in special education for the Goleta Union School District as an instructional aide for the deaf and hard of hearing. This was a perfect calling for Maye’s empathetic soul, and she made a significant impact on many children and families in the Santa Barbara area.

Maye will be remembered most for her immense loyalty to family, her extraordinary cooking and pie-making, and the adoring relationships she formed with her 12 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Mimi had a way of making each of them feel like the most special person in the world, and to her they were. It was so wonderful to see them spend time with their Mimi to say their goodbyes, and witness the legacy of family that Maye created.

Maye will be missed by her soulmate of more than 75 years, her children and their spouses, her Modica sisters and their families, her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, many long-time friends, and her extraordinary care-taker.

The family would like to express deep gratitude to the nurses of Silverado Hospice, who provided care for Maye, and guided the family to ensure a wonderfully peaceful passing. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the hospice organization in your area.