WOODS--Mary Lou. A widely respected humanitarian and social activist died peacefully in her home in Greenwich, CT on October 9, 2007, comforted by family and friends. She was 76 and had been fighting pancreatic cancer. Mary Lou worked all her life for positive social change. A dedicated Democrat, Mary Lou served for 17 years on the Board of Estimate and Taxation (BET) for the Town of Greenwich. She was Campaign Chairwoman for the winning election of the first female Selectman of Greenwich, Ms. Ruth Sims, the first Democrat to hold that position in 75 years. Mary Lou served on the Boards of the Greenwich NAACP, the WestchesterSouthern Connecticut Oberlin Alumni, the YWCA, and the Greenwich Symphony. For fifty years, she was a very active member of the League of Women Voters, serving many terms on its Board. Even while engaged in her battle against cancer, Mary Lou chaired the League's extensive study of the Greenwich BET, which was a very important project to her: she believed that government must constantly improve to better serve the community. She is survived by her four children (Barbara of New York, NY; Sarah of Baltimore, MD; Richard of Springfield, VA; and Clifford III of the Cayman Islands, BWI), her son-and daughters-in-law, her six grandchildren and her former husband, Clifford Woods, Jr. Mary Lou's supportive friends were a very important part of her life. She will be greatly missed. A memorial service will be held at 11:00am, Sunday, December 9, 2007, in the Auditorium of the Greenwich Library, 101 West Putnam Avenue, Greenwich Connecticut. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to: the Chamber Players of Greenwich Symphony; The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp; or Doctors Without Borders USA.
Published in The New York Times on Oct. 14, 2007