Mary Edwards

Mary H. Edwards (Hennessey)

Saturday, June 23rd, 1928 - Saturday, June 22nd, 2019
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Mary Eileen Hennessy Edwards died on June 22, 2019, two hours before her 91st birthday, at Masonic Villages in Burlington, NJ.

Ms. Edwards retired from AT&T as a long distance operator in 1993. She was born in 1928 in Glen Carbon, Pennsylvania to Thomas and Clare Hennessy. Her father was a coal miner and her mother was a nurse. Ms. Edwards graduated from Cass Township High School in 1945. She moved to Philadelphia to attend nursing school, but an extended illness caused her to drop out of the program. She was hired by Bell of Pennsylvania as an operator when she recovered.

Ms. Edwards married Joseph F. Edwards, Jr., of Philadelphia, a US Navy flight mechanic, in 1952, and moved to Hawaii. Her husband of 58 years died in 2012 at 90 years of age. She and her husband and their three sons were one of the first families to move into Levittown, NJ (later named Willingboro) in 1958. They were among the original parishioners of Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Church. A resident of Willingboro for 32 years, she and her husband moved to Holiday Village in Mt. Laurel, NJ in 1990.

In addition to working for AT&T, Ms. Edwards was also employed for a few years as a mail handler by the U. S. Postal Service and a retail clerk at a couple of department stores in Burlington County.

She is survived by her three sons, Thomas and his wife Lauren Spurrier and granddaughters Bryn and Zoë Edwards of Arlington, VA., Joseph of Ocean City, NJ, Timothy Edwards and his wife Roseann Mancini.

Her funeral mass will held at St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 550 Walton Avenue, Mt. Laurel, NJ on Friday, June 28 at 10:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimers Foundation.
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    Friday, June 28th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Friday, June 28th, 2019 10:00am
    Saint John Neumann Church
    560 Walton Ave
    Mount Laurel, New Jersey 08054
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    Father Michael Dunn


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susan Waters Short

Posted at 04:49pm
I'm deeply sorry for the loss of your mother. I have wonderful memories of spending time with her and Joe in Italy in 1997. they were very dear people. Keeping all of you in my prayers


Posted at 11:56am
Please accept my deepest condolences to your family. I would like to offer encouragement to your family for the loss of your loved one. The Bible offers immense comfort and many wonderful promises from God foretelling an end to our enemy death. The scriptures at Isaiah 25:8 says, “He will swallow up death forever…”. Also at Revelation 21:4 it says, “And He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” Please read these verses in your Bible and feel free to find additional comforting scriptures at


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