Mary was one of the earliest pioneers in the growth of Marco Island. Her recent death evokes my reflections.
I met her at Air, Ship and Shore, her travel agency on Marco Island, many years ago.
She helped me with several trips; I was impressed with her skills, brilliance, and the genuine desire to do her very best to please her clients. It soon became apparent to me that I was dealing with an unusual person. Her lifestyle was simple, her appearance striking, enormous dark eyes and fabulous Italian hair, her mode of dress modest, her unique mark a marvelous ring with the letter “M” in diamonds.
Through her ability and hard work she had obtained a position of prominence, yet she never boasted of her accomplishments, which were many, both in the business world and in helping those less privileged, especially children. She was extremely devoted to her family, her community and her country.
In her dealing with others, there was never a gray area; it was either black or white. She had no tolerance for ineptitude or deviousness, her word was as good as her signature, her rectitude almost legendary. When I got to know her better in the course of Real Estate dealings, having being privileged to have her as a loyal client, our relationship became a friendship, which continued to the end. We talked frequently, often exchanging thoughts and ideas, both of us sharing a love for justice and a desire to seek to correct wrongs within our limited powers, often giving each other support and encouragement when needed.
Mary, now you have gone to your eternal rest and your suffering is over, but you will live forever in the heart of those who loved you.