March 13, 1954 ~ September 5, 2020

Born in: St. Paul, MN
Resided in: Atlanta, GA

Mary Jo Workman, 66, of Atlanta, Georgia passed away on September 5,2020.

She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Louella Workman. She is survived by her sister Martha Johnson (Harold), her nephew Andrew Johnson (Allison), her step nieces Brianne Ottaviano (Peter) and Christina Marinelli, five step great nieces and nephews and numerous cousins in Minnesota and North Carolina.

She was a graduate of Emory University and Tulane Law School and practiced law in Atlanta for more than 40 years. She had a passion for animal rescue and will be remembered for her compassionate spirit and caring soul.

Donations can be made to Emory University, 1762 Clifton Road, NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA., 30322 and Canine Companions for Independence, 8150 Clarcona Ocoee Road, Orlando, FL 32818.

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  1. Mary was a good friend from our college days together at Emory. She was kind soul with a good heart. I will miss her and would like to offer my sincere condolences to her family.

  2. As a college classmate and fellow attorney, I was privileged to know Mary. As a solo practitioner and in her private life she displayed an unusual sense of courage and inner strength that will be a source of inspiration for me for the remainder of my life.

  3. Mary and I met at Emory and remained friends for more than 40 years. She was an honorable person with high moral standards and also had a kind and warm heart. She will be missed by me and my husband Marc Komisarow, whom she knew at Tulane Law School. Our condolences to her family.

  4. CandleImageMary was one of my best friends from High school at Oak Ridge High School, Orlando Florida. We met in class’s and we both were in the Senior Class play she was a Star. We got along well and kept in touch for all of these 55 years. I feel deep sorrow hearing that she has passed. Our last communication was when she hurt her back, and she was at home for a while. She recovered and by the end of July reported she was doing fine. I’m so glad I was able to tell her how much she meant to me. She helped me in so many ways all during my adult life, whether it be encouragement or her counseling me when I deeply needed solid advice. We shared the love of Jazz. But mostly she was always there for me and I for her. Rest in Peace my beautiful friend.

  5. I admired Mary greatly during high school — she was brilliant! But I’ll remember her best for taking the time and effort to visit me while our son was in rehab at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta after suffering a spinal cord injury in 2014. Rest in peace, Mary. Your kindness lives on.

  6. CandleImageI recall Mary fondly from ORHS in Orlando. I was in drama & worked on all the plays with her! She was a kind & gentle soul that loved others ! My Condolences to the family!

  7. Dear Mary,
    Your kindness was one the first things i saw when we worked on the yearbook at Oak Ridge High You were always amazing at everything you did on the yearbook and your own studies as well as being great in your Senior class play. Many years later you called me out of the blue when i was going through a hard time almost like you knew something was wrong. Your wise words and gentle empathy really touched and encouraged me at a time when it was hard to see anything positive in the future.
    My heart sinks when i think of how much i wish I had told you how special you were but i’m so glad to have the great memories of you until we meet again.
    God bless you dear lady.

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