MARY BETH MAZZARELLA Our beloved Mary Beth Clay Mazzarella, age 70, passed away April 8, 2014, at home. Preceded in death by father Robert A. Clay and brother James J. Clay. Survived by son Roberto Pier- Francesco Mazzarella, mother Viva Clay, sister Barbara Cavender, and many other family and friends. Mary was born in Cedar Falls, Iowa, then moved with her family to Vero Beach, where she graduated from Vero Beach High School in 1961. She was Miss Hibiscus 1961. She attended Agnes Scott College in Georgia, lived in Rome, Italy, then returned to the US to graduate from Arizona State University with a degree in architecture. Mary loved her work designing schools and performing arts buildings. After moving back to Vero Beach, she joined the Rotary Club and was a four- time recipient of the prestigious Paul Harris Fellow Award and many other honors including Rotarian of the Year. Mary was well known for her literacy and dictionary projects, extensive international service work in Africa, and related fundraising activities on behalf of Rotary. She initiated a Rotarian program that brought desks and school supplies to schoolchildren in Africa. She fell in love with Africa and its children. Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 PM on April 21, at Cox-Gifford Funeral Home 772-562-2365.
Cox-Gifford Funeral Home
1950 20th Street Vero Beach, FL 32960
Published in the TC Palm on Apr. 17, 2014