EADY, MARY E.
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Mary Elizabeth Mazon Fernandes Eady was born March 12, 1936 in Waterbury, CT., to the late George Mazon and Edith Dickerson. She entered eternal rest June 23, 2013.
Mary was a vibrant woman who pushed for excellence. She loved to travel, read, watch the old classics and jeopardy. She never looked down on anyone, always there to help. She believed that no one should ever give up. Mary believed in helping others and helping others achieve their dreams. Mary truly believed that education was the key to opening all doors. Mary believed that everyone should have an equal opportunity to achiever higher education. Mary was very giving with all her resources. Mary was an LPN for many years until she changed career and joined the Education field. In 1975 she began working at Housatonic Community College as the Project Director of the Special Services Program. In 2005 she switched position and remained at the college as a Counselor in the Student Support Services Department.
Mary's services at Housatonic Community College consisted of Counselor, Student Support Services, Project Director, Special Services, Counselor, Special Services. Mary also served in these capacities: Educational Specialist and Team Lecturer, 1985, Greater Bridgeport. Mental Health Center Health Center, Group and Individual Counselor and Volunteer, 1976-1978, Dinan Memorial Center-Ward Charge Nurse, 1975-1976, St. Joseph's Manor Ward Charge Nurse, 1965-1976, Planned Parenthood League Part-time Center Nurse, 1968-1975,
Her education: M.S.W. Social Work, Southern CT. State University, 1991, Field Instructor-Masters of Social Work (MSW) 1995-1996 M.A., Counseling, Southern CT. State University 1978, A.S., Drug and alcohol Counseling HCC, 1977, L.P.N., Bullard Haven Technical School and Bridgeport Hospital, 1965, Certificate, Alcohol and Drug Counseling Alcohol and Drug Training Center for the State of CT. Meriden, CT 1977
She received numerous awards: Chair, Board-Sickle Cell Volunteer Program at Southern CT State University, Woman of Substance-CT. Post 1995, Woman of Distinction Award-Housatonic Girl Scout, Connecticut Alcohol and Drug Training Center Certificate, The Greater Bridgeport Mental Health Center Certificate, University of Bridgeport, Connecticut Bar Association, Action for Bridgeport Community Development (A.B.C.D.), Family Planning of Fairfield County, Sickle Cell Anemia, Department Award, HCC, Master Teacher Award, University of Texas at Austin 1987, Recipient of numerous other community service awards;
Community Activities-Executive Board South Connecticut Sickle Cell Anemia Association, Boys' and Girls' Club of Bridgeport, Bridgeport's Senior Citizens Activities Week, University of Bridgeport Operation Open Doors Program, Community Awareness Program for Sickle Cell Anemia, Barnum Festival Soul Night Committee, N.A.A.C.P.'S Police and Community Relations Committee, Citizen's Non-Partisan Register and Vote Committee, Bar Association's Support to Improve, Correctional Services (B.A.S.I.C.S.) Committee, Qualifications of the North End Neighborhood Council, N.A.A.C.P.'S Voter Registration Committee;
Research: 1980 Scandinavia (Iceland, Sweden, Finland, Denmark)
Purpose: Evaluation and Observation of the planning and implementation of programs for under privileged or handicapped segments of their populations. Institutional studies were done for alcoholics, substance abusers, the handicapped, mentally retarded and the aged; Alcohol and Drug Abuse in the Unites States, Sickle Cell Anemia, Segregation in Bridgeport's Public Schools, Ex-Offenders, Civil Disabilities, and Employment Restrictions, Health needs of the Minority Community, Higher Educational Opportunities for Minorities and High Risk Students.
She was predeceased by her parents Edith James and George Mazon, sister Dorothy Dickerson, brother William James and son, Larry Fernandes. Mary leaves to cherish her memories; Mary Vienessa of Maine, Alan Fernandes, Barry Fernandes of Bridgeport, Audrey Fernandes of Massachusetts, John Fernandes and Carol Fernandes-Webb of Bridgeport, twenty grandchildren, seventeen great, grandchildren, two great, great grandchildren, brothers, Louis James, near and dear to her heart Rosalee Creighton-Gordon, Carolyn Downer-Fernandes, former husbands, Lawrence Fernandes and Eugene Eady and a host of nieces, nephews, friends, colleagues and extended family. Funeral services will be held Monday, July 1, 2013, 11:00 AM at the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit, 729 Union Ave., Bridgeport with Sr. Pastor Kenneth H. Moales, Jr., officiating. Interment will follow the service at Park Cemetery, 620 Lindley St., Bridgeport. Friends are invited to the viewing Monday from 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM at the church. See www.mortonsmortuary.ocm
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Published in Connecticut Post from June 29 to June 30, 2013