BREWSTER - A beautiful human being passed from this life on December 2 and went home. During the past several months, she said numerous times that she was not afraid to die, and that she wanted to be with her parents and God. Those of us who loved her feel good that her journey has ended but are deeply saddened by our loss. Caring. Thoughtful. Generous. Open. Kooky. Funny. Warm. Loving. A woman of deep and certain Faith.

Mizzy was born in Pawtucket, RI to a recently widowed young mother who poured all of her love into her child. Her aunts Avis and Bette helped to raise Mizzy while her mother worked to support her child. In return, Mizzy cherished all three sisters. Her cousin Mary visited and helped her and her spirit only a month ago.

Mizzy met friends in first grade, the "Valley Girls," with whom she maintained contact for the rest of her life, and who visited her twice recently. Sheila, Nancy, Lucy, Barbara, Maggie, Sandy and Pat - best friends forever.

After high school, Mizzy entered the convent for the Sisters of Saint Joseph in Chicopee. She taught first grade for a few years and then earned her LPN and worked at various hospitals. Mizzy left the religious life after 17 years, but never left behind her devotion. She kept close contact with her nun-friends, and as recently as late-August, returned to the Westfield area for a reunion and birthday party. Bea, Toni, Willie, Duff, Wendy, Janet, Monkey, Dottie and others - some have left and some still serving as nuns - Mizzy loved all of them.

Mizzy worked at Cape Cod Hospital for nearly 20 years while caring deeply for those in her charge. She formed friendships that lasted until her passing. Special thanks go to Sue DeSilver for her loving presence and care during the last month of Mizzy's life.

Mizzy started Cape Cod Salon in the mid-80's, a women's social and lesbian support group, which held events raising over $10,000 for the AIDS support group and toward breast cancer research. She tended lovingly to several local AIDS patients. Just Mizzy being Mizzy.

Pet-caring became her final vocation, with Mizzy bringing her unique blend of caring, humor and peace into the pet's home. Cats, dogs, chickens - she cared for them all. No one can replace her in this role for Callie-Jo, Yoda, Ella and Marley, Henry Whitman and Sister Mary Cluck-cluck.

The MSPCA and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield were Mizzy's choices to receive any donations. Thank you Mizzy, for being the magnet for love you were. A memorial Mass will be held on Friday, December 15 at 11am at Our Lady of the Cape, Brewster, with a luncheon to follow.