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Remembering MaryZee

BookCrossing loses an evangelist
by ResQgeek
September 18, 2012
On Saturday, September 8, BookCrossing lost an enthusiastic and generous member. MaryZee joined BookCrossing in May 2002, and soon became a familiar presence in the forums on the site, sharing books far and wide, participating in bookrings and bookrays, and organizing bookboxes. She established and was caretaker for a number of Official BookCrossing Zones in northern Maryland, and for several years, she organized the BookCrossing booth for the Carroll County Book Festival. She was also a fixture at the BookCrossing booths at the Day of the Book Festival in Kensington, Maryland and at the Gaithersburg (MD) Book Festival, where she helped the members of BC-in-DC promote BookCrossing and give away books by the hundreds.

Mary’s love of books and enthusiasm were infectious, and her unflagging positive attitude inspired other BookCrossers around the world. Her absence will leave a huge hole in the BookCrossing community that will not soon be filled. However, her legacy lives on in the books she shared and in the friendships she helped to foster and in the memories of those she interacted with through BookCrossing.

Several BookCrossers from the Washington, DC area, including nat4lee, melydia, katekintail, 6of8, authorauthor, and ResQgeek, traveled up to Taneytown, MD on Thursday, September 13 to attend MaryZee’s funeral and bid a final farewell to our friend. During the service, the pastor spoke as some length about Mary’s love of books, BookCrossing, and how much joy she found in sharing books with others. And as she was laid to rest beside her father in a pretty churchyard on a hill in the Maryland countryside, the pastor suggested that perhaps Mary was already hard at work installing bookshelves in heaven. It was a truly fitting tribute for someone who had made BookCrossing such a big part of her life. We will miss you MaryZee!

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