The family did not ask the medical professionals for a cause of death because they know it was from the long-term effects of a broken heart.
She will be missed by all the lives she touched; having lived a full and varied 89 years, it is a long list.
Born on Staten Island to John Mahoney and Melinda McGlone, Mary grew up in a loving family of three girls. She attended Blessed Sacrament Church, earned degrees from P.S. 40, Curtis High School, Notre Dame College, Hunter College, and Richmond College.
After acquiring the training and experience as a teacher, she met fellow Blessed Sacrament parishioner Martin James Codd at a church bazaar. The rest, as some say, was destiny. She would often comment to family and friends about her many suitors, but there was no doubt Mary and Martin were the couple. Together they worked, played, fought injustice, travelled, practiced their faith, raised a family and had fun together.
She spent many years with Martin raising their eight children, and was also passionately involved in making the world a better place. She was active in many community organizations, including service as a member of the Catholic Interracial Council, the American Association of University Women, Staten Island Peace Coalition, and was an early supporter of Daytop Village.
After years of volunteering, she took her commitment to the next level by running for political office. She was elected an at-large member of the New York City Council, representing Staten Island, a year after an unsuccessful run for the New York State Assembly, in which she upended the local Democratic Party establishment. Her campaigns represented the quintessential grass roots movement – no money, but lots of civic activists, family, and friends willing to volunteer their time.
In 1981, she became the first female candidate for New York City Mayor on an established political party. Along her journey, she worked for, and otherwise supported, many good candidates (Democrats almost all!) for public office on all levels.
After leaving elective office, she served as buyer and volunteer director at High Rock Park, Staten Island; director and board president for the Alice Austin Historical House; and director of consumer education for the New York State Consumer Protection Board.
She also maintained a passionate attachment to the Catholic Church. After leaving Blessed Sacrament, she was a parishioner at the Churches of St. Patrick and St. Adalbert, both on Staten Island, and Immaculate Conception Catholic in Wilmington, N.C. She served in several capacities in those parishes – ministry of the lector, extraordinary minister of Holy Communion, instructor in C.C.D., and a volunteer wherever needed. Mary and Martin retired to Wilmington, N.C., where they made their new home at Beau Rivage Plantation.
In between visits from children and grandchildren, she continued her active role in the AAUW and book clubs, obtained extra roles in many of the films made in Wilmington, served as the organizer of the birthday lunch club, served as precinct chair for the New Hanover County Democratic Party, and would occasionally play golf with Martin. Family was ultimately everything for Mary. Her parents gave her a loving base. Martin was her partner in creating a loving unit, spanning generations. Family mealtime, during which lively conversations would erupt, was a focus all her life, and one of the lasting gifts she and Martin gave to their children.
Her parents, John and Melinda, and husband, Martin, have predeceased Mary, as has her youngest son, William; her sister, Joan Jacobsen; her two brothers-in-law, Harold Parker and Arthur Jacobsen, and her goddaughter, Claudia Lutz. Surviving Mary are her sister, Alice Parker; children, Melinda (Christopher) Muller, Martin (Diana) Codd Jr., Mary Kate (Bob) Davidson, Therese (Frank) Mundo, John Codd, AnneMarie Codd, Peter (Jeanne) Codd, and (Maureen) Codd; her grandchildren, Deirdre Davidson, Martin Codd III, Sean Codd, Liam Codd, Robert Davidson, Kate Davidson, Lizzi Gremminger, Peter Mundo, Elizabeth Codd, Peter Codd Jr., Meghan Bowers, David Thompson, Michael Muller, Scott Mundo, Fiona Davidson, Ashley Codd, Chelsea Codd, Mary Alice Thompson, Mackenzie Muller, Daniel Mundo, Caroline Codd, Grace Codd, Brendan Codd, and William Codd; and her great-grandchildren, Nathaniel Smith, Henry Smith, Ashlynn Smith, Ethan Smith, Liam Codd Jr., Kayleigh Codd, Luke Vanegas, and Piper Codd.
In lieu of flowers, you can best serve Mary’s memory by making a healthy contribution to your favorite local candidate for public office, and vote, early and often.
A Funeral Mass will be held at the Church of St. Patrick on Staten Island, N.Y., at 10:30 a.m. on Sept. 16 (Martin’s birthday). Mary and her family would love to see you all there.