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Mary F. WILLARD

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POQUOSON - Mary (Marie) Fitzgerald Willard, 89, lately of Ft. Myers, Fla., passed away on Feb. 10, 2012, at Bayside of Poquoson.
She was born in Boston, Mass., on April 13, 1922, to the late James Henry Fitzgerald II and Helen Theresa Conlon.
Marie worked for the War Department during WWII, and met her first husband, the late John T. Stephens. She then worked at Combustion Air Corporation in Washington, D.C., where she met her second husband, the late Maynard J. (Jake) Willard. She finished her career with the federal government as the Senior Administrative Assistant to the Commanding Officer of Ft. Leslie J. McNair in Washington, D.C., and later the Senior Administrative Assistant to General Mark Clark at the American Battle Monuments Commission before retiring. She spent the last 18 years at Cinnamon Cove in Fort Myers, Fla., surrounded by so many friends. She came back to Virginia, in August of 2011, for convalescent care after a fall. She loved to travel, enjoyed playing bridge, dabbling in the stock market, and all the visits from her family.
She was also preceded in death by her brother, James H. Fitzgerald III of Braintree, Mass.; and her sister, Helen Theresa Ludwig of Ft. Myers, Fla. and Houston, Texas.
Surviving are her twin sons, Thomas Stephens (Sally) of Poquoson and Michael Stephens (Sharon) of Fairfax; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and her sister, Margaret McDonald of Ft. Myers, Fla. and Westwood, Mass.
Visitation will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at Claytor Rollins Funeral Home, Poquoson, and other times the family will be at her son, Tom's home. Burial will take place at a later date in Old Saint Mary's Catholic Church in Fairfax Station, Va.
Memorial contributions may be made to Poquoson Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 2099, Poquoson, VA 23662.
Online condolences may be made to www.claytorrollins.com View and post condolences on our online guestbook at dailypress.com/guestbooks.

Published in Daily Press from Feb. 11 to Feb. 12, 2012
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