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Updated: 10/17/2013 03:00:01PM

Mary Veronica Kaufman

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Mary Veronica Kaufman, 52, of Port Charlotte, Fla., passed away Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013.

She was born Dec. 29, 1960.

Mary would have been 53 this Dec. 29. She said if she could write a book she would call it “As the Harbour Churns.” People grieve in different ways. For those of us who knew Mary, we can agree on one thing: she was Casey Kendall’s mother 100 percent of the time, all day, every day. Casey will be 16 this December, and through her actions Mary taught him not to be judgmental. She taught him to love everyone equally and people more than money. Mary made sure her son, Casey, was protected, no matter the situation.

We all knew that the heart on the sleeve can easily get hurt, but Mary did not care. She wore her heart like a badge of honor for others to crush or caress. Both happened to her heart on a daily basis. Mary knew her risks, and she boldly took the risk each and every day.

The bright yellow home on Ganyard Street will always be remembered as a kind and welcoming home. She never cared if someone committed adultery, had felonies on their record, had no teeth, no money or a personality at all. She loved us all the same. Thank you, Mary, for the lessons you taught us. It is not easy to put into words the importance of friendship. You will always be in our prayers.

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