A Splendid Old Cat Soars with the Angels

Longtime feline greeter at Masonic Angel Foundation headquarters...
Mary (left) with her minion Nigel at Masonic Angel Foundation headquarters. (CCToday photo)

The Masonic Angel Foundation and Cape Cod Today sadly report the passing of one of their beloved office cats.  Fourteen year old Mary passed in her sleep Wednesday night at MAF headquarters in Orleans.

Mary was the alpha female among the six cats that inhabit the national headquarters of the Masonic Angel Foundation.  As alpha female, her primary job was to greet and screen all visitors to the office.  Most who were met by Mary at reception were expected to spend an acceptable amount of time schmoozing with Mary before they would be allowed to see any of the human occupants.

Despite her relatively small size, Mary dominated the much larger Maine Coon and Norwegian Forest Cats.  Even in her final weeks, the giant cats all maintained respect for Mary despite her diminished condition.  Mary was a harsh, violent mistress to her feline subjects.  However this was counterbalanced by her utter devotion to her humans.

In all her fourteen years - and despite her reputation as "Bloody Mary" with other cats - Mary never bit, scratched or otherwise harmed a human.  She was utterly gentle and loving with her human subjects.  Even those not disposed to cats came to adore Mary for her sweet disposition and affectionate ways.  Few could resist her affectionate rubs and head bumps. 

Mary spent many long hours on the desk of Cape Cod Today's publisher, though she provided steadfast support as opposed to editorial assistance.

Mary was a caregiver to her humans, always coming to inquire about sneezing, coughing or any other discomfort.  As recently as five days before her death, Mary pulled herself together to watch over a volunteer who became sick while at work.  "Mary got off her death bed to come look after me," he remarked today.

Mary leaves her feline subjects Nigel, Penelope, Alexandra, Julius, Nigel and Henry along with her human attendants.  She was predeceased by her foster mother "Trevi" as well as her beloved feline friends Rebel, Henry, Allie and Peter.

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