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Memorial Service for Mary Weber

October 23, 2013

We are all very saddened by the loss of one of our longtime clients, Mary Weber. Please read the beautiful obituary written about Mary below. We feel honored to have been able to help Mary take care of her animals for years, and to care for her beloved pets. One of them is still among us, living a happy life at a permanent Phinney’s Friends foster home. All of us who had the pleasure to befriend Mary miss her dearly.

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Mary Weber with Buster

Mary Weber with Buster

MARY FELDHAUSWEBER

Obituary

Of Jamaica Plain, MA, filmmaker, writer, animal lover, friend, died peacefully on Oct. 6th, 2013. She was 73. Throughout her childhood in So. Dakota, at the U. of Minnesota and in Minneapolis she created plays, then began filmmaking. She came to Boston’s WGBH television as a Rockefeller Artist-in-Residence in the late 1960’s where her numerous works included the collaborative, award winning CITY/motion/space/game.

Mary co-founded Red Cloud Productions in 1974 through which she produced/directed the groundbreaking Joan Robinson: One Woman’s Story, a 2-1/2 hour documentary about a woman’s living with and dying from cancer. This production aired on PBS and internationally in 1980 and received a Columbia-duPont Award. Upon completing this work, she suffered a brain injury in a car accident and could not work.

She eventually recounted her struggles and successes – including with paintings – in “Excerpts from the Book of Sorrows, Book of Dreams,” a chapter in Willard & Spackman’s Occupational Therapy text book (1998’s 9th Edition through 2013’s 12th Edition). As she continued to live with traumatic brain injury, Mary was able to concentrate for somewhat longer times and focused on animal welfare, a long-time passion.

In the early 1990’s, she Initiated a program to keep raccoon rabies from entering Cape Cod, MA by distribution of oral rabies vaccine along the Cape Cod Canal, a natural barrier to the Cape. This was effective and is a model which local and federal organizations continue today. Mary’s legacy includes those worldwide whose lives she touched through her work, friends and acquaintances who blossomed with her laughter and warm hearted connection, the many animals who found good homes, and young people inspired toward their careers by her words, artistry, and her passion for animals.

A Memorial Service will be held at the Brady & Fallon Funeral Home 10 Tower St. (Opp. Forest Hills MBTA Station) Jamaica Plain on Saturday November 2 at 11 am. Donations in Mary’s name may be made to Phinney’s Friends, P.O. Box 425, Lincoln, MA, 01773, http://www.phinneysfriends.org or to Humane Society of the U.S., 2100 L. Street NW, Washington, DC, 20037, http://www.humanesociety.org. For guestbook condolences please visit http://www.bradyfallon.com

Brady & Fallon Funeral Home
617 524 0861

(Published in The Boston Globe on Oct. 22, 2013)

 

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Deborah Nourse Lattimore permalink
    March 7, 2016 7:57 am

    I met Mary Feldhaus Weber at WGTV when I was working in the Art Department on all the NET/PBS projects and she hired me for the South East Youth Film Laboratory project film, “Red, Blue and Gold”; I’d been working on docudramas for Public T.V., Sesame Street and more, and both of us did some work with Gov. Jimmy Carter, too. What a time! We shot the feature length film “Blue”, based on the story of Blue beard and I was the one and only actor in the film. It was quite a time, with rains beating down on production, cudzoo (sp?) tripping us up on location but it was a magical time, learning lines edited overnight, and running through fields in a full-length fairy tail costume. The musical score was provided by a great local cellist and the film went East Coast. It was truly an amazing time in my life. She worked hard, I worked hard, we all pulled together. I am terribly sorry to learn that she suffered serious traumatic brain injuries. I send sincere sympathies to her friends and family. Deborah Nourse Lattimore, Pacific Palisades, Ca.

    • March 7, 2016 12:10 pm

      We helped her with pet care for her many animals through many years, Deborah, and we were very glad we did it. She was a fine lady, very loving toward animals and people. After she passed, we also went on taking care of the pets who survived her.

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