Mary Rita (Mersereau) McCarthy was born in Saint John, NB, into a large Acadian family. She was highly regarded by all who knew her or of her good deeds.
Never one to seek recognition or thanks, many consider Rita “virtuous woman.” Like Rita’s life, which expanded to encompass a growing family and charitable community causes, they foresee the permanent fund growing to support an award in her name. The fund was entrusted to The Greater Saint John Community Foundation in June 2004.
Rita’s many friends, admirers and family have come together, taking the lead from Doris Evans, a longtime co-volunteer and friend at the East Saint John Food Bank, to establish a fund in her memory, the Mary Rita (Mersereau) McCarthy Fund.
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