Mary Good

Mary T. Good (O'Neil)

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Mary Good, passed away early in the morning on Sunday, May 17th, 2020 in the unusual and isolating time of Corona virus, and under the compassionate and gentle care of the staff of St. Patrick's home in the Bronx, NY.

Mary, daughter of Charles and Evelyn, sibling to Lucy, Christine, Charlie and John, widow of William, mother to Marybel, Jonah, and John, grandmother to nine and great-grandmother to three, and loved by others as mother-in-law, sister-in-law, coworker, aunt, and friend.

Mary passed away sleeping and peaceful, virtually hugged by her family and prayed for by many faithful friends. We are confident that she was greeted in Heaven by her husband Bill who waited 13 years and 4 days for her to finish her earthly work.

Mary worked in faith-based non profits most of her life beginning as a teenager at Holy Cross parish in Brooklyn. In 1960, she joined the Chicago-based national team of Young Christian Workers USA where she met Bill Good. They married in 1964 and moved to Selma, Alabama during the early civil rights era to live and work with the segregated black community at St. Elizabeth’s, an Edmundite parish. After having three children, Mary and Bill returned to New York City in 1967 where Mary worked for Bread for the World, Catholic Relief Services and eventually retired from the National Pastoral Life Center where was on the publication team of Church Magazine.

Mary extended hospitality to both friends and strangers, drank a continuous cup of hot tea with lots of milk throughout each day, and valued every person she met as important and essential to the world. In retirement, Mary made found friendships and support through the Dance for Parkinsons Disease program at the Mark Morris Dance Center in Brooklyn. Mary loved her family, the Church, and New York City and practiced her faith through living and working for social justice.

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"In light of the recent worldwide occurrences dealing with the outbreak of COVID-19”; A Memorial Gathering of Family & Friends will be planned for a later date and time. An Inurnment will take place privately at the convenience of the family in the St. Raymond's Cemetery, Bronx, NY. Arrangements were entrusted to the professional care of the LIBBY FUNERAL & CREMATION SERVICES, 55 Teller Avenue, Beacon, NY 12508 845-831-0179. If you'd like to offer a message of condolence or share a fond memory of Mary with her family, please visit:
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    Graveside Service - St. Raymond Cemetery
    2600 Lafayette Avenue
    BRONX, NY 10465
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    "In light of the recent worldwide occurrences dealing with the outbreak of COVID-19, inurnment placement will be done privately at discretion and convenience of her family. A Memorial Gathering of ALL Family & Friends will be planned for a later date.
  • Interment

    Private Cremation - Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery
    342 South Road
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Posted at 11:09am
Marybel and family,
Mary and I were the same age and we were first cousins. Your grandmother was my father's oldest sister. Several times I was able to visit Mary and Bill when in the NYC area on business. The last time I saw her was October 2010 when she came to my mother's wake in upstate New York. Our deepest condolences to you all at this time.
David and Lauren Riel

Marybel Good

Posted at 12:09pm
Dear Marybel,
Please accept my sincerest condolences on your beloved mother's passing. My heart goes out to you and your family during this very trying and difficult time for you. The entire Dance for PD community adored Mary--and she had a very special place in my heart. Her gentle warmth and ever-glowing spirit will always be present in our memories, and in that way, she will always be dancing with us. Right now, during this challenging time on many fronts, I hope you are able to find time for contemplation, grieving and remembrance.

I am also grateful to you and your family for inviting people to contribute to the Mark Morris Dance Group's Dance for PD program in Mary's memory. Your generosity is deeply humbling and appreciated. Gifts that we receive in Mary's honor will serve to extend the incredible legacy she forged as a long-time member of our dancing community.

You will continue to be very much in my thoughts.

With my condolences,
David Leventhal
Program Director, Dance for PD®
Mark Morris Dance Group | 3 Lafayette Ave. | Brooklyn, NY 11217
office: +1.718.624.8400 x 240 | Dance for PD® toll-free line: 1.800.957.1046

Marybel Good

Posted at 02:17am
Reflection from Art Simon, founder of Bread for the World:

Mary Good, wasBread's only secretarial assistant to me and the staff during Bread's first decade, while we were based in New York. Mary was truly saintly and skilled, a treasure to our entire staff and to the mission of Bread for the World during those formative years. She was also deeply devoted to her family and church, a loving reflection of Christ. Her last years included the shadow of Parkinson's disease, and most recently the compassionate and gentle care of St. Patrick's home in the Bronx, where, reports her daughter, Marybel, "my mom continued to get through each day with quiet dignity, always choosing to thank her caretakers rather than complain." So characteristic of Mary! Thank God for Mary Good and the life she so generously shared with us!

Joe Kelly

Posted at 05:36pm
Marybel, I have such great memories of your mom and your dad--going to the apartment on Henry St. was like a fabled adventure for us--so exotic to be in the city! And my very definition of efficiency was watching your mom conduct family life and our visits. I remember her taking down a jar or a coffee mug from a kitchen shelf and counting out "car fare" from the quarter cup and the dime cup. Car fare for the subway! It didn't make sense to me but I loved just watching her do it. I remember strange small things like that: your mom making fresh ham for us one evening when she was taking care of us in New Jersey (my mom must have accompanied dad on a business trip). I never had fresh ham before and for some reason what I remember is your mom serving a portion onto my plate and looking at me with her dimpled smile. Nothing particularly to interpret in the memory, but the image is seared there like those few mythic and meaningful images of childhood: such a loving and lovely woman. I loved her very much.

Marybel Good Posted at 04:09pm

Hi Joe, thank you for sharing these memories - you have transported me right back to my childhood at Henry Street. It was a big loss for me when the Kellys moved to Texas, but somehow our parents were able to remain present in each other families. My folks always had an update about each Kelly -who they had married, where they lived, their children, their careers- copies of your writings. Imagine what they could have done with social media and zoom. In the same way, your parents have always been present to me - I felt so lucky when they happened to be in NYC at the same time I was visiting with my children. Your dad's laugh and your mom's voice feel like home to me. I will miss my mom deeply, and have been very moved this week to hear from so many others who will also miss her. Best wishes, Marybel


Posted at 07:20pm
Marybel, I am sorry I never got a chance to meet your mom, she sounds like an amazing person! Please know the Coffer Family will be praying for you and your family. I love the visual of your dad waiting for her on a street corner! I can imagine them walking hand in hand on the streets of gold in heaven.

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