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Mary Anne Minor

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Mary Anne Minor, age 76, of Melbourne, FL, passed away after a valiant fight on October 3, 2018 in St Augustine, FL at the home of her daughter and son-in-law.  Mary Anne was born and raised in Springfield, Massachusetts and was a 1960 graduate of Sacred Heart High School. Soon after high school, Mary Anne met her husband-to-be, Edward Minor, and they married on August 12, 1961. They began their married life in Springfield before moving to Chicopee, MA where they raised three daughters. Her greatest joy in life was undoubtedly her family and her most important role was raising her three girls.  However, she did hold a variety of other jobs through the years as well, including working as a “proofreader” for the Wall Street Journal.  Mary Anne also had a keen interest in politics and served as an Alderwoman in the city of Chicopee.  Mary Anne was an avid reader.  She always had a stack of books to be read nearby and would say there were too many books and too little time.  She also loved puzzles and playing both card and board games, eventually moving to computer based games. Mary Anne fulfilled her lifelong dream of retiring to Florida in the late 1990s, when she moved from Chicopee to Melbourne. She was dearly loved by her family and friends and will be deeply missed. 

She is survived by her daughters, Julie Minor, her partner Shelley Rodden, and their sons Ben & Wyatt of Satellite Beach, FL; Lisa Degutis and husband Michael of St. Augustine, FL; Kim Minor of East Hampton, Connecticut; and her faithful four-legged companion, Allie. Mary Anne was preceded in death by her husband Edward Minor.

Services will be held at 2 pm on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at Ammen Family Funeral Home, 1001 S Hickory Street, Melbourne, FL 32901. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of St. Francis, 4875 N. Wickham Road, Suite 107 Melbourne, Florida 32940.

St. Johns Family Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Ron Lewandowski

October 10, 2018, 9:04 am

Julie, Lisa and Kim… I’m very sorry to here about your mom. This is awful news. I have many fond memories of her and your dad growing up. May you find peace in the thought that they are reunited again. I would love to re-connect with you again. My Email is Hoopofficial44@gmail.com. God Bless you and your families in this time of loss.

PD-GA

October 12, 2018, 6:09 pm

My sincerest condolences to the family. May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well-lived. May the God of comfort grant you strength and peace during this most difficult time. (2 Corinthians 1:3, 4)

Allan and Aira

October 26, 2018, 7:57 pm

We are an immigrant family neighbor of Ed, Mary Anne and Allie. Allie would stop at our driveway, when Ed was walking Allie, and we started to talk: Ed and I and Aira. Allie just lay on the lawn. Usual neighborly stuff. Weather, weeds, mundane Life. Allie started and stopped the conversation. After Ed passed Allie brought Mary Anne’s difficulties home to us. For the 2 years before we moved I would force Mary Anne to let me walk Allie in the evenings. A Rent-A-Dog arrangement. I missed not having a dog at home, and Mary Anne submitted to my evening appearances: rain, hail or shine. Over time Mary Anne and I grew to know each other intellectually. She was a wonderful conversationalist, we fleetingly discussed many universal questions. She had a wonderful armory of words. To close I just want to say. Immigrants are a little like mistletoe. The family oak is way over there somewhere, but if a family oak becomes available in our new country, we latch on.
We want to thanks Julie, Lisa and Kim for allowing us to be a part of the Allie Minor family.

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