Ada Mae Abuza


Ada Mae “Maizie” Abuza, 100, longtime resident of Longboat Key, Florida, died May 26, 2020, at Plymouth Harbor in Sarasota. Born in Dayton, Ohio, she and her beloved husband of 71 years, Zack, previously made their homes in Dayton and Cleveland. A graduate of Steele High School, she was a loyal alumna of Wellesley College, class of 1942, and she created long and enduring friendships.

Maizie was a dedicated presence at civic institutions wherever she lived. This included longtime docent at the Dayton Art Institute, and volunteer at Mote Marine Lab and Plymouth Harbor Library in Sarasota. She was an avid birder, and she and Zack traveled widely.

Zack and Maizie lived at 19 Palestine for many happy Chautauqua seasons, and they were founding members of the Symphony League.  

Maizie is survived by her three children, Hayat, Robert and his wife Mardi, Richard and his wife Judith, and grandchildren, Katharine, Leah, David and Rebecca, plus great-grandchildren John and Elizabeth and numerous beloved nieces, nephews and cousins. She was an inspiration and treasure to all who knew her.

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