|Birth: ||Sep. 27, 1934|
South Carolina, USA
|Death: ||Dec. 24, 2009|
Mary L. Moorer Irvin was born in Orangeburg, South Carolina. She was the 1st born child of Mr. Daniel Moorer and Mrs. Vertell Montgomery (Moorer) on September 27th, 1934. It was said; that the day she was born was an unusually warm September day, which was an indication of what kind of warm hearted individual she would be come. She started school in Orangeburg, South Carolina, at some point the family made their way to New York City, where she continued her education.
She grew up in a very loving environment with a lot of family, and her two younger brothers. Stanley C. Moorer born May 15th 1936 and Patrick C. Sharpe, born February 21st 1943. As a young adult Mary made her way to Connecticut, where Stamford became her home. She is known to have shared her welcoming presence to every person whom she encountered. Mary become a prominent member of The Easter Stars and soon met Brother Lewis Richard "Hooks" Irvin. The two were very smitten with each other and decided to wed. They got married in a loving ceremony and stayed happily married up until his death, November 25th, 1984. She worked as an electronics assembler in the 1970s and did sewing in the 1950s. Between 1977 and 1990, she worked as a cook and assistant manager of school cafeterias. In that position she performed heavy exertion, lifting trays and boxes of food weighing 50 lbs. Mary was 55 when she became disabled on September 5th, 1990.
During her earlier years Mary became a daughter in Phyllis Wheatley Temple No. 179. She became an active member by joining different departments in the Temple, such as: Pageant and Tam Department, Veterans Department, Maude Dunmore Traveling Club, Engineering and Architect Department, as well as the Carrie Garnett Marching Unit. Mary competed in a Queens Contest amongst several other Temple members, located in New England. She won the title of "Queen" in 1975. Mary was so devoted to being a member of the Lincoln Council No. 38, that she received her Past Daughter Rulers' Honors. In the New England States and Eastern Canada, Auxiliary, Daughter of Elks, she received her Past State Presidents' Honors. She was also a member of Joy Chapter #94 OES in Stamford; and a devoted beloved member of Mount Zion Baptist Church in Norwalk.
On May 24, 2008 she received a Lifetime Achievement Award for her unending dedication to I.B.P.O. Elks of the World. Mary was very independent. She kept herself involved by cooking, raising money, and spreading the awareness of AIDS. She also joined the Battered Women Department in the Elks to help empower the progression of women. Mary Irvin moved to South Norwalk in her later years where she continued to fulfill her destiny. She has traveled all over the world, and been places some will never see. With that being said … Mary has lived, loved, and most definitely laughed. She enjoyed life and tried to do all she could to live it. She was preceded in death by her younger brothers, mother and father. We have no reason to feel sorrow for her passing, because she lived a full extensive life. Her last years on earth were full of hardship, yet she finally escaped her pain, and overcame her struggles on December 24th, 2009. This calls for a celebration on her behalf. Its okay to cry, but don't cry for her, for she never cried for herself. She believed in life being a gift no matter what may come. She felt the only way to waste your life was to not live it.
Mary has suffered and overcame many illnesses but she still remains with us in our memories. She will never be forgotten besides, who could ever forget her wonderful homemade meals or her no nonsense but loveable character?
She is survived by her eldest and dearest nephews and nieces Stanley C. Moorer, Jr.; Janice Marcella, Diane, Nicey, Cynthia, Sherry, Theresa, Derek, Danny, Patricia, Stacey, and Melissa. In addition, a host of living great and great-grand nieces and nephews, innumerous friends, neighbors, and second families.
A Memorial Service in Mary's honor will take place at 11:00 AM Saturday, January 9, 2010 at Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 96 South Main Street, Norwalk, Connecticut 06854 with the Reverend Carleton Joseph Giles officiating.
The Interment of Cremains at Riverside Cemetery, 81 Riverside Avenue, Norwalk, Connecticut.
Created by: Andrew A. Caruso
Record added: Jan 04, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 46316735
Added: Jan. 16, 2010