Mary Elizabeth Bodkin, 1962-2009

February 19th, 2009 by bobebill


Mary Bodkin was a founding member of the Friends of Cameroon and served as the first FOC treasurer. As a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cameroon, she served in Bali working with the Cameroon Credit Union League (CAMCCUL) from 1984 to 1986. She was married to Cameroon RPCV John Bodkin.

Obituary from the Washington Post, 2/19/09
Mary Elizabeth Bodkin, 46, an accountant with the District government, died of cancer Feb. 13 at her home in Silver Spring.

Mrs. Bodkin worked for the city for about two years, after a series of jobs with the Bivings Group, Montgomery County crossing guards, the Alexandria midwives group BirthCare, the African-American Labor Center and what is now the Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu accounting firm.

She was born Mary Elizabeth Fitzgerald in West Hartford, Conn., and graduated from Providence College in Rhode Island. She joined the Peace Corps and served in Cameroon in West Africa until 1986 and then returned to the United States and settled in the Washington area.

She was a member of Northwood Presbyterian Church in Silver Spring and volunteered with the Girl Scouts, the Boy Scouts and the community swimming pool.

Survivors include her husband of 20 years, John Bodkin of Silver Spring; three children, Dylan Fitzgerald Bodkin of Burtonsville and Honest Charley Bodkin and Molly McDermott Bodkin, both of Silver Spring; her parents, Joseph and Bertha Fitzgerald of West Hartford, Conn.; and two sisters.

From John Bodkin’s Facebook page
“If you would like to honor Mary with a contribution, you can send a check made to Northwood Presbyterian Church, 1200 University Blvd. W, Silver Spring, MD 20902 and write Mary Bodkin Memorial Hope Fund on the memo line. Funds collected will be used to fight hunger in our area. Mary had been involved in creating a Hope Garden at the church. Food produced from the garden are to be donated to local food charities. If you knew Mary, you know she always wanted to make sure everyone was well taken care of. This is one way carrying out her compassion for others.”