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Obituaries for the week of April 22

04/24/2019 09:04AM ● By J. Chambless


Mary Gibson Mair, 99, formerly of Kennett Square, died on April 6 at Brookdale Spruce Wood Senior Living in Durham, N.H.

She was predeceased by Robert Dixon Mair, her husband of 57 years. Born in Tracyville, New Brunswick, Canada, she was the daughter of the late Hannah (Evans) and Stewart E. Gibson. She worked as a legal secretary in Fredericton, NB before her marriage, and as a secretary in the Unionville School District after her children grew up. She studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and West Chester University.

Mary was a member of the Presbyterian Church of Kennett Square for over 50 years. She sang in the church choir and served in many volunteer positions, including as Elder and a member of the Christian Education Committee that started the church kindergarten. Mary loved music and poetry. She was a member of the Northern Delaware Oratorical Society and the Community Chorus in Kennett Square, and instilled a love of writing and reading in all her children. Concerned about a tragic drowning in the early 1960s, she worked with a group of women to develop the Southeastern Chester County Red Cross Learn-to-Swim Program and volunteered for many years as a swimming instructor in local ponds and pools.

Mary was an avid bridge player and won duplicate tournaments well into her 90s. She was a member of the Appalachian Mountain Club, and with her husband hiked the Milford Track in New Zealand, the Alps in Switzerland, Austria, and France, and climbed Mt. Snowden in Wales.

Mary is survived, and sorely missed, by her four children, Marilynn, Robert (Susan), Ian, and Wendy (Tim); her nine grandchildren; and her six great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her seven sisters; and is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service is planned for June 8 in Kennett Square. Arrangements are by Kuzo and Gofus Funeral Home, Inc. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the American Red Cross or Constellation Hospice, 180 Low St., Newburyport, MA 01950.


Bill Carr, 83, of West Grove, passed away on April 14 at the Chester County Hospital. 

He was the husband of Ruth Jordan Carr, with whom he shared 59 years of marriage. Born in Bluff City, Tenn., he was the son of the late Paul Carr and the late Nola Cagle Carr. Bill worked in the Parts Department at Chrysler Corp in Newark, Del., retiring in 1996 after 30 years of service. He served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps. Bill enjoyed lawn mowing, and had his own lawn mowing business. He took pride in taking care of his lawn and his customers. He enjoyed being with his family and friends, and he especially adored his children and grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by one son, Michael Carr of West Grove; one daughter, Lori Blacker and her husband Steven of Landenberg; one brother, Ben Carr and his wife Michele of Landenberg; and five grandchildren. He was predeceased by one sister, Mae Teel.

A service was held April 23. In memory of Bill, a contribution may be made to Habitat for Humanity, 322 West Lamar Street, Americus, GA 31709-3543. To view his online tribute, and to share a memory with his family, visit



Mary E. Cozzone, 74, of Nottingham, passed away on April 17 at Seasons Hospice in Newark, Del.

She was the wife of Lawrence Cozzone, Sr., with whom she shared 50 years of marriage. Born in Rugby, Va., she was the daughter of the late Charlie Preston and Fannie Kilby Duvall. Mary was a former member of the New London Baptist Church in West Grove. Mary loved the Lord and her family, and enjoyed serving others.

She is survived by her husband; one daughter, Michele McNamara; one son, William Lyster; two stepsons, Lawrence Cozzone, Jr., and Victor Cozzone (Kathy); one stepdaughter, Janet Cozzone; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; and one sister, Sandra Duvall Bayliss. She was preceded in death by one son, Joseph Duvall; and five siblings.

A funeral will be held at noon on April 26 at New London Baptist Church (226 Pennocks Bridge Rd., West Grove), where friends and family may visit from 11 a.m. to noon. Friends and family may also visit Thursday at the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. (86 Pine St., Oxford) from 6 to 8 p.m. Interment will be in Nottingham Cemetery. Visit