Mary Noel Brazil of Washington, D.C., and New York City, formerly of Scranton, passed away after a courageous battle with cancer on October 3, 2013. She was the devoted and beloved eldest daughter of the late Attorney John J. and Mrs. Ann Madden Brazil and widow of James Jarvis Goodwin. Born in Scranton, Noel was a graduate of Marywood University and worked in the Scranton Tax Office early in her career. She was also the Easter Bunny at Oppenheim's Department Store during her first two years of college.
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After interning with Bella Abzug, late Congresswoman from New York, Noel moved to Washington, D.C., and was Political Action Committee Director of American Optometric Association for over 30 years. Upon retiring, she became a certified Tour Guide of Washington, D.C., after sharing her love of the city with her friends and families for many years. She recently fulfilled a lifelong dream of living and working in New York City. The facts and stories she shared about both Washington, D.C., and New York City with her clients and friends were spellbinding and memorable. Washington, D.C., lost a true gem this week.
Noel is survived by her beloved son, James; her seven brothers and sisters, Sheila Bannon (John), Atty. John J. Brazil Jr. (Leanne), Joseph Brazil (Ellen), James Brazil (Dina), Lisa Brazil (Eileen), Jackie Greening (Gary) and Jeff Brazil (Karen); many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends far and wide. She is also survived by her best friend, Darlene Kuny and her son, Devon and the Wild Women of D.C.
Noel's family will be forever grateful for her friends and neighbors too numerous to mention who helped Noel throughout her short illness.
A memorial service was held on Sunday at DeVol Funeral Home in Washington, D.C. The funeral will be Friday with Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. John Neumann Parish at Holy Name of Jesus Church, 1414 East Elm Street (East Mountain Section), celebrated by Rev. John Ruth. Interment of cremated remains will follow at Cathedral Cemetery. Friends may call one hour prior to Mass at the church. Arrangements, Neil W. Regan Funeral Home Inc., 1900 Pittston Avenue, Scranton.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Caron Renaissance, 7789 NW Beacon Square Blvd., Boca Raton, FL 33487, earmarked for James J. Goodwin III.
To send online condolences, go to www.neilreganfu www.neilreganfuneralhome.com.
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Published in Scranton Times on Oct. 9, 2013