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Mary Lynn Hansel

AGE: 66 • Jackson & Rio Rancho, NM

Family, friends, and fans will dearly miss this loving and creative personality. Mary Lynn passed away peacefully in her sleep on June 21, 2017. She is survived by her husband of 29 years, their 4 children, 10 grandchildren, and many fans. She authored 34 gay erotic romance titles and was a noted member of the LGBT-Q literary world.

Mary Lynn was born in NYC and grew up in Hazlet, NJ. A smart woman - she was a contestant on the quiz show Jeopardy. Prior to 2003 she was an executive secretary with NJ companies like Hillman Roller, Merco Savory and EAI. Then, a major illness almost ended her life. With her strong will to live and the support of her family, she recovered, but the illness didn't leave her with enough stamina to continue her corporate ambitions.

In 2008, Mary Lynn and her husband Allen relocated to Rio Rancho, NM, and she started her writing career, using the pseudonym AC Katt. She wrote with passion and compassion about the LGBT-Q community and connected with fans through her blogs. Truth be known, she was continuing the family business. Her father John Welch was an engaging storyteller who was known as an Irish Raconteur. While in NM, Mary Lynn loved to bake, and she actively participated in Democratic Party events, hosting several political gatherings.

After 8 years in Rio Rancho -- desiring to reconnect with family - Mary Lynn decided it was time to return to NJ. So, she packed up the cat and the husband and took the 2100-mile trip to her new home in Jackson. And, after 9 months of being surrounded by family, she was laid to rest by the Belkoff Funeral Chapel under a large tree in the Hebrew Benefit Society Cemetery in Freehold, NJ.
Published in Asbury Park Press on July 2, 2017
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