Mary Ann Westfield, age 81, was a complex, compassionate, and common person. She was born April 16, 1938 in Cleveland, Tennessee to Mr. Johnny Green and Ms. Lillie Westfield. Her young life was uprooted upon the death of her mother. Mary was then adopted and raised by her late uncle and aunt, Mac and Sylvia Westfield of Rome, Georgia. In their care, she was spoiled rotten!
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Her education extended to the sixth grade. She became a homemaker with limited outside employment. Her aunt and uncle later adopted another child, Jesse Swanson. His raising and daily care became Mary’s responsibility, and she claimed him as her own child.
In later years, Mary made a transition to Boston, MA, where she had many friends and acquaintances. She later migrated to Brockton, MA where she joined the Messiah Baptist Church and was a member for over 30 years. She was an active member of the Voices of Inspiration Choir, and a faithful member of the Missionary Society. She was also active in the Hallelujah Voices, a community theater and music organization under the direction of Dr. Julius Coles. She committed her thoughts, prayers and financial contributions to her church up until her last days. The Messiah church family was always important to her and a source of pride when allowed to share her faith and associations.
During her move to Brockton, she extended her family to include The Howard Family of Messiah. She loved, nurtured, and committed herself to the children of this family, as well as other children of Messiah and the community. A special and life-long bond was created with Deacon Robert Howard, Sr., who she fondly called “Deac”. She constantly referred to him as her rock, and the one person on the earth she was fiercely loyal to and with whom she trusted without reservation.
Remembering Mary Ann Westfield are many who include her son, Jessie Swanson (Janice) of Rome, Georgia; her half-sister, Marie Alexander of Rialto, California, and a host of friends and associates.
The Howard Family was an integral part of Mary’s life and existence. The family includes: Deacon Robert Howard, Sr.; Rev. Dr. Margaret Jean Howard; Angela Dionne Fernandes, Esq.; Robert Howard, Jr., John Alexandre Murdoch I; Josefina Isabel Fernandes; Josue Manuel Fernandes; Jacob Isaac Fernandes.