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Mary Goodrich Leggitt

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Oct. 14, 1935 – Oct. 28, 2009

RED OAK – Mary Goodrich Leggitt, 74, died Oct. 28 at her home in Red Oak after a brief illness. A memorial service will be held Nov. 13 at 7 p.m., at the Unitarian-Universalist Church of Oak Cliff.

Mary was born Oct.14, 1935, with her twin sister, Vivian, to Laurence B. and Lois S. Goodrich in East Orange, NJ.

Mary was a devoted mother and grandmother, and is survived by her sister Vivian Schmidt and brother-in-law William of Bart-lesville, Okla.; son Richard Leggitt and wife Theresa of Milipitas, Calif.; daughter Margaret Atzeni and husband Robert of Red Oak; niece Elizabeth Hine and husband Steven of Bartlesville, Okla.; nephew William Schmidt and wife Rina of Moscow, Russia; grandson John Griffin-Leggitt; granddaughters Marissa Lahann and Laura Atzeni; great-niece Catherine Hine; and great-nephew Charles Schmidt.

Mary graduated from Oneo-nta, N.Y. High School in 1952 and received a BFA in Advertising Design from Syracuse University in 1956. After graduation she worked for as agencies in New York City. Later she moved to Chicago, Ill., and worked for many years at the University of Chicago as a forms designer and technical writer.

In 1972 she moved with her family to Fort Wayne, Ind., and took a position with Fort Wayne Community Schools as a systems analyst, retiring after 20 years. In 1993, she moved to New Haven, Ind. after purchasing and renovated an old home there. In 2002, she moved to Red Oak to be closer to her daughter.

Mary was always active in local politics and in the communities in which she lived. Over the years, she managed several political campaigns for city council members, a state senator, and the mayor of New Haven; she volunteered her time for local committees and advocacy groups. She was a life-long member of the Unitarian church.

Her abiding interests were for birds, landscaping and horticulture, teaching young children and she gave her time and talent freely to further those interests.

She will be greatly missed by all her friends and family.

Memorial funds have been established at the Ellis County SPCA (www.elliscountyspca.org) , the City of Red Oak Public Library (469-218-1230), and the UU Church of Oak Cliff (www.oakcliffuu.org).

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