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Mary Christie Melanson

Mary Christie Melanson, aged 74, passed away on February 21, 2023, at the Saint John Regional Hospital after a short illness. She is survived by her husband, Dan Goodyear, her children Ben, Lucy, Anne, and Henry, her sisters Anne Crocker and Elizabeth Melanson, and seven nieces and nephews. Mary was predeceased by her parents and her brother, John Melanson.

Born on June 23, 1948, Mary grew up in Moncton as the second of four children to Richard E. and Jean M. Melanson. She graduated from Moncton High School and later received a B.A. from St. Francis Xavier University. Mary then pursued journalism at Carleton University. After returning to the Maritimes, she began her career as a reporter for the Pictou Advocate. However, due to a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis, she had to reduce her workload but continued working with CBC Radio in Saint John until 1981.

Mary was known for her strong advocacy for progressive social change. She actively participated in community initiatives and was one of the founders of Hestia House in Saint John, which provided support for women in need. In St. John’s, she assisted refugees escaping Soviet crackdowns in Poland, organizing housing and other essential assistance. Upon settling in Fredericton, Mary devoted over 20 years to supporting and fostering literacy, art, and music education within her children’s school communities.

Mary loved her Maritimer roots and cherished the time spent at the Melanson family cottage on the Shediac River. She enjoyed exploring small towns and back roads, often accompanied by a dear friend, with a particular interest in East Coast art and antiques. However, her greatest joy came from immersing herself in a captivating mystery novel, which she voraciously read and shared with others.

Renowned for her authentic warmth and infectious smile, Mary had a natural talent for connecting with people. She possessed an unparalleled sense of humor and a genuine interest in others, capable of transforming a chance encounter into a profound friendship. Mary’s role as a loving mother, loyal friend, and beloved sister left a profound void in the lives of those who treasured her. She will be deeply missed.

Family and friends are invited to a casual gathering on Monday, August 14, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at Odell Lodge in Odell Park, Fredericton, to remember and celebrate Mary’s life. Fond memories and stories are genuinely welcomed. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Mary’s honor to Hestia House in Saint John, Women in Transition House in Fredericton, or to Community Forests International in Sackville, NB, a conservation organization that held a special place in her heart. Online condolences can be shared at http://www.mcadamsfh.com.

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