Mary Ellen Mayo Has Died

mary ellen mayo cat

Mary Ellen Mayo, a friend and loyal reader of this blog died June 19, 2017 of congestive heart failure. Mary Ellen was 56. Mary Ellen infrequently commented, often choosing to comment when she felt I needed encouragement or moral support.  Some long time readers may remember her using the Amazonfeet moniker. Mary Ellen, a resident of Florida, battled a number of health problems. (She had Marfan Syndrome.) I was Facebook friends with Mary Ellen. We shared not only our experiences with chronic illness, but also a commitment to progressive political values and a love of cats. A few days before Mary Ellen died, her last post to Facebook was the cat meme posted above.

Mary Ellen will be missed. I am blessed to have been her friend.  Mary Ellen was a member of First Unitarian Church in Orlando, Florida.  Her church family will hold a memorial service for her on Monday, July 3rd.


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  1. Zoe

    Sending you warm thoughts and gentle hugs Bruce in the loss of your friend. <3

  2. Steve

    So sorry about your friend, man ?

  3. Michael Mock

    Aw, damn it.

    She’ll be missed.

  4. Ian for a long time

    Sad to hear this.

  5. Caroline Irene Mendyk

    Thank you Bruce for a wonderful piece about Mary Ellen.

  6. Caroline Irene Mendyk

    Hi Bruce, just wanted to post this from church. “As part of her final wishes, Mary Ellen asked that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Marfan Foundation ( or to 1U Building the Dream Capital campaign (to support an additional tree to shade the labyrinth).”

    1. Bruce Gerencser (Post author)

      Thanks, Caroline.

  7. Lydia

    My condolences. How sad.

  8. Cindy Mayo-Harris

    Mary Ellen was my older and only sister. I appreciate your kind words about her.


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