Mary Ann Duke Salzer
February 26, 1952 – January 16, 2020
Mary Ann Duke Salzer, 67, passed away peacefully in her home in Jacksonville, FL on Thursday, January 16, 2020. Mary Ann is survived by her sons: Paul Salzer (Caitlin) and John Salzer (Georgina); partner: Terry Dennis; brother: Stephen Duke; niece: Lisa Duke; and grandchildren: Silas Salzer, Colin Salzer, Jocelyn Salzer and Miles Salzer, all of Jacksonville, FL. Mary Ann is preceded in death by her husband, Alfred Salzer and parents, Paul Francis and Mary Kathryn Duke.
Mary Ann was born in Uniontown, PA and raised on Jacksonville’s Northside on Heckscher Drive. She graduated from Andrew Jackson High School and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from the University of North Florida.
Mary Ann worked for Bellsouth for many years and then changed careers to become an elementary school teacher in Nassau County, FL. Her true passion was teaching students enrolled in Exceptional Student Education (ESE) programs. Mary Ann loved her students and was enthusiastic about crafting exciting projects and field trips for them. She had a “go big or go home” mentality – when studying robotics, none other than the SWAT team would do. For a lesson about flight, she arranged for life flight paramedics to land their helicopter in the school parking lot.
Mary Ann was an incredible woman who loved her family beyond measure. She was fiercely proud of her sons and grandchildren and enjoyed spending time with them. Mary Ann loved traveling, spending time with dear friends and antiquing. She had a keen knack for finding and collecting shark’s teeth and began amassing her incredible collection as young child. She also made the best hand-picked crab dip and deviled eggs this side of the Mississippi.
Mary Ann’s family and friends will miss her tremendously and rejoice in her life.
Mary Ann Salzer’s Memorial Service will be held Friday, February 21, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. at St. John’s Cathedral, 256 East Church Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Evergreen Cemetery, Funeral Home and Crematory