MARY ANN BACON of Medford, NJ, passed away peacefully in her home on Monday, May 4th, 2020; she was 66 years of age. Her husband was Steve Edgerton (deceased) and daughter Alice B. Edgerton (deceased.) She is survived by her brother Bert Bacon and sisters Becky Morgan, Sara Jane Duffey and Pattie Keegan. Other family members include precious in-laws, aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins too numerous to name. Born in Chalfont, PA, she is the daughter of the late Francis F. and Julia A. Bacon. As a young child, her family lived and worked at Camp Onas. Perhaps it is not surprising that much of her life revolved around another residential Quaker summer camp for children: Camp Dark Waters. Over her life she engaged herself there as a camper, the babysitter, a counselor, the camp nurse, administrator and finally, owner of CDW with her husband, long-time camp director, Steve Edgerton. Staff, counselors and campers could always confide in her or ask advice. She was a stand-in mother, sister and friend to countless people.
Mary Ann was a member of the Society of Friends (Quakers) and was a beloved member of Medford Meeting. An active committee volunteer, she was known for her direct approach to issues. She was a member of the Religious Education subcommittee at Moorestown Friends School. Her sensible insights at monthly meetings were always welcome. Colleagues appreciated her wisdom and support for the programs.
She served on the Board of the John Woolman Memorial Association. Among other projects, she headed plant sales for their annual Spring Fair. Her love for gardens was evidenced by the beauty she created on the Woolman Memorial grounds, which brought inspiration to others. She took classes to become a master gardener, and passed her love for gardening onto her beloved daughter, Alice.
For most of her career, Mary Ann was a school nurse at Rancocas Valley Regional High School in Burlington County. She kept herself current in her vocation through journals, seminars, and by earning her Masters Degree in Nursing. When students came to her with their problems, she would spend as much time as necessary to help them, seek out other staff members to assist the student, and follow up on how the student was doing. Mary Ann served on the New Jersey State School Nurses Association for many years and was their President for one term.
Her greatest love was her family. She spent every Thanksgiving with her husband’s family, the Edgertons, often arranging an overnight affair for them all at the Burlington Quaker Meeting & Conference Center. The large Bacon clan claimed her at Christmastime.
Mary Ann was deeply moved by the love and support she and her daughter Alice received from the delivered meals, rides to appointments, as well as heartfelt letters and visits from friends and family. With the help of her sisters, Armour cousins, great-niece, and her Aunt Alice B. Long, Mary Ann was able to live her last months comfortably in her own home on the beautiful Haines Creek, across from Camp Dark Waters.
Honest, forthright, caring, fun loving and a wonderful sense of humor describe Mary Ann Bacon. Her pleasures included tennis, reading, music, sewing and travel. She did not suffer fools, and could always find the funny side of things. Even in her last days, she found a way to laugh at life and death. Her vibrant spirit uplifted us all.
Services are pending and will be announced at a later date. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the BRADLEY & STOW FUNERAL HOME, Medford, NJ. In Lieu of other expressions of sympathy, the family asks that donations be made to Camp Dark Waters in Medford, NJ. www.CampDarkWaters.com or to the John Woolman Memorial Association in Mt. Holly, NJ www.WoolmanMemorial.org
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